It’s been a few years now since I presented at the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts Conference about using labyrinths as a tool for cultivating mindfulness in a Montessori classroom. Since then, mindfulness has continued to be a big part of the way I teach. I recent...

Last month, we hosted our first Primary Grandparents Day and it was a big success! The grandparents who attended spent the morning learning about Montessori philosophy, meeting older student leaders in the school, and working with their grandchild in their classroom....

“Gummy, will you read me a book?” My grandson asked with a beaming smile.  As most grandchildren do, he knew that a smile and bright eyes would invite me into his world to participate in bedtime storytelling.

As I sat on the edge of his bed and began reading, I couldn’t...

You may have noticed something new in the signatures you see at the end of an email from someone at school. No, I’m not talking about the beautiful new Wellan logo (though that is a work of art). I’m talking about pronouns. 

These identifying pronouns in our school emai...

Do you know how to talk to your child about where babies are before they are born?  Are you comfortable answering questions about private body parts? What about broaching the subject of sex and sexual decision making?  These are topics that often make parents, and teac...

As seen in the 2018–2019 Wellan Year in Review

“I got an 87% on the Pink Tower!” Sounds absurd, right? What might that even mean? How would such a percentage score help a student understand what has yet to be learned? 

In a Montessori learning environ...

As the days have turned into weeks, our youngest students have become increasingly comfortable with the school environment and classroom routines. This progress is quite impressive given that in the grand scheme of things, the school year is still a relatively new expe...

For ages, children have made things out of unconventional materials and have taken things apart. Tinkering can satisfy a child's natural curiosity about life and how things work. Tinkering is, without a doubt, lots of fun—but what are the benefits of the “demolition cr...

“Following the child” is the epitome of Montessori education. As teachers, we observe students to understand and address their learning needs as individuals. Bear with me as I put on my parent hat. My home philosophy is akin to my classroom one—follow my children. It d...

Parents often remark that NMS teachers have a magical power for getting children to listen. There may be some “magic” that comes with being in a school community that helps with listening, but teachers also have built up their own toolboxes for communicating with stude...

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