Observe a moment in one of our classrooms. As one student identifies that another student might need help, he looks at his teacher. When she encourages him, he lends his own hand. The other student then offers help in the same way, unprompted. Notice the confidence and...

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...

Recently all faculty and staff attended a professional development session with certified human sexuality educator of 30 years, Deborah Roffman. We discussed the spiral curriculum that takes place over many years, and how it begins with our youngest students as they st...

Childhood is often portrayed as an idyllic time filled with carefree days and little to no worries, stress, or responsibilities. However, imagine a world in which you tend to have very little say in most aspects of your day to day life—your schedule and activities are...

February vacation is upon us—a perfect opportunity for a family trip! But once travel plans involve making it through TSA, bringing a two-year-old with you may make the hassles of travel feel even more daunting. When you're flying with toddlers, you might be worried ab...

“It is surprising to notice that even from the earliest age, man finds the greatest satisfaction in feeling independent. The exalting feeling of being sufficient to oneself comes as a revelation.” —Maria Montessori

Applying the Montessori approach at home...

Beginner classrooms are looking forward to our annual Halloween celebration. Students and teachers (and hopefully some parents!) will dress in costume and enjoy some light refreshments in their respective classrooms. “Hidden” around the classroom will be individual goo...

“No one can be free unless he is independent: therefore, the first, active manifestations of the child’s individual liberty must be so guided that through this activity he may arrive at independence. Little children, from the moment in which they are weaned, are making...

“No.” “Stop it.” “Don’t touch that!” As a parent, you might find yourself using these words and phrases when your child begins to make their own choices. It’s a natural reaction for most—so if you use these terms, you are not alone. Take a moment to think about how you...

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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