Longtime Wellan teacher Sister Lauretta Maynard shares her heartfelt and inspirational philosophy on education in our latest blog post. After starting her teaching career in St. Lucia, Sister travelled to the U.S and discovered Montessori philosophy, where she felt she...

During our work day, how often have we worked on a project and then thought, “I need to get up for awhile?” Often, that quick cup of coffee or stroll around the office is just what the mind and body need to reset for the next task at hand and have a productive day. Chi...

What is Bridge?

Montessori philosophy is all about following the child’s needs—and close observation of students revealed an opportunity for Wellan to optimize a program for the older Year 2 students of the Beginner program. "Bridge"—now in its second year at Wellan—is...

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...

Drama Club is six weeks away from our performance of Oklahoma! 

With only an hour each week to rehearse for a full musical, write bios’s and program information, organize costumes, design and paint sets, make and organize props, and write sound and mic cues, the last we...

Jack, an NMS 3rd grader, wrote this piece as part his journalism internship. Read more about the NMS internship program here.

Jack with his internship supervisor, Mason Sand, Director of Enrollment Marketing at NMS. 

Newton Montessori School is a very good school an...

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I’m in an Upper Elementary classroom in Illinois. We’re working our way through Romeo and Juliet, acting out scenes and discussing the play’s themes as we go. During a pause in the balcony scene, an 11-year-old female st...

Growing up, I recall my mother saying to me, “I just want you to be happy.” While I appreciated her wish for me at the time, I wondered what it meant. I assumed she was hoping for me to experience a perpetual feeling akin to Merriam Webster’s definition—something like...

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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