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...

Why do you teach at NMS?

I teach at NMS because I have the freedom to teach and flow with what interests the students. If I were to teach in a public school, I might have to be “art on a cart” without much space or storage for materials, or I might be the first one cut...

Everyone learns to speak before reading. The idea that everyone learns how to speak their native language easily—because it is a natural part of their environment—is called the mother tongue. Shinichi Suzuki realized that you could also apply this approach to learning...

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the pace of life seems to have already increased exponentially! During this time, it is easy to be swept up in the festivities and all of the extras that come along with them—gifts, parties, and special activities, just to n...

Have you had a chance to explore our new and improved playground this year? Your children sure have, and they are loving it! Although there were no major changes to our structures, the playground has been re-energized by the addition of a few new areas this year. Much...

Last Sunday, many families from Newton Montessori School gathered together to celebrate the Global Cardboard Challenge! It was a fantastic event full of sketching, cutting, gluing, taping, and constructing. Children came with parents, siblings, and grandparents and bro...

We all have very busy lives. Family commitments, work, kids’ schedules; personally, I can hardly keep up sometimes! With all that we have on our plates, how can we possibly fit in volunteering our time?

This is the question I would ask myself for many years. The answer...

For Elementary students, our school’s semester-long study of Oceania culminated in the presentation of a “Walkabout.” This exposition of cultural, geographical, and historical information exploring the biomes of Australia, New Zealand, and the various islands and archi...

This semester, NMS is implementing a collaborative program between Beginners (our toddler program) and Upper Elementary (grades 4–6). A few Upper Elementary volunteers rotate among the Beginners Classrooms and model grace and courtesy for the younger ones while helping...

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