If you think back to yourself as a child, you may remember that feeling that you could do anything. You were an inventor, a painter, a gymnast, and so much more. The world was your oyster and you were unstoppable. When I ask my Lower Elementary students,”Who here is an...

Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) is a time when children enter what Maria Montessori called the Second Plane of Development. During this time, children go from working and playing alone to seeking out interactions with peers. It is a time of moral development when children...

Just as our students have the opportunity to learn and refine their skills, so too do NMS teachers. We often use time during our monthly staff meetings to discuss topics such as  diversity, different learning styles and teaching methods. During a recent meeting, we spe...

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life

as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” 

—Booker T. Washington

There are so many ways to measure a student’s achievements and successes—tests, grades, rubrics,...

This year, NMS has partnered with the Boston Museum of Science to bring their exciting “Engineering is Elementary” curriculum to the Lower Elementary classrooms. This curriculum pairs perfectly with the Montessori physical and earth science curriculum. It presents chil...

The summer I turned twelve, I started a preschool in my backyard.

At 50 cents per child for a 3-hour morning of childcare, The Backyard School was a great deal for parents of 2–5 year olds in my neighborhood. Once parents were assured my mother would be home to provide...

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