September 2021 Elementary Newsletter Article

Greetings Walnut Farm Community! It is my pleasure to give you a glimpse of what WFMS Lower Elementary has been up to so far this school year. We are still in the process of “Normalization” and are working out the kinks in our routines, but generally things are headed in the direction we were planning. […]

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September 2021 Primary Newsletter Article

Hello Primary Families! We hope you have been enjoying your child’s experience as they embark on their new school year.  It is a special child who gets to go to an accredited Montessori school.  This newsletter we focus on the idea of independence for the child written by Jamie Van Horn. “The essence of independence […]

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September 2021 Toddler Newsletter Article

Toddlers crave independence and order.  In the Montessori environment, we do our best to cater to these sensitive periods at all times.  Every lesson has a specific place. Daily routines stay the same and are rarely interrupted, clear ground rules are evident and consistent, and the environment is kept clean and simple.  There are usually […]

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Holidays, Holy Days, and Family Traditions

Greetings WFMS Families! We are in our 4th full week of school as I write these words to you. Though some children have been ill, especially those new to school or re-entering after a long time, we have not had a COVID-19 case to report. Routines are beginning to fall in place and transitions are […]

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April 2021 Elementary Newsletter Article

“Education, as today conceived, is something separated both from biological and social life. All who enter the educational world tend to be cut off from society…People are prepared for life by exclusion from it.” – Maria Montessori   One of the most crucial and large differences between Montessori and conventional schooling is in the realm of […]

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April 2021 Primary Newsletter Articles

In Montessori environments, we teach and practice three-respects: respect others, respect the environment, and respect yourself. Setting limits with freedom is closely connected to this practice. If you think about what needs to happen for us to get back to “normal,” it is all in these three- respects. We learned how important it is to […]

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April 2021 Toddler Newsletter Article

Hello Toddler Families! It is hard to believe another school year is almost completed. Even with the uncertainties of how it would go with Covid-19, it has been an amazing year. Your children have all grown so much. Each child brought something special to our classroom and it has been an honor to work with […]

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The Closing of a Most Unusual Year

When I first stepped into this role almost a year ago, the tasks were large and filled with many unknowns.  It was not just because this position was a new experience for me, but also because of the unknowns facing our school due to COVID-19. We did not know if we would need to close […]

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Transitioning to Lower Elementary

The transition in a Montessori school from the Primary level to the Lower Elementary is particularly remarkable, and requires our special attention. Maria Montessori developed an educational model to offer information and experiences during the times when it matches the child’s actual interests and ability to easily learn material.  Typically, readiness for this transition happens […]

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The Importance Of The Three-year Cycle

Last week, the afternoon work cycle students (third-year students) and I were looking at the photos I keep in the classroom kitchen. They are the class photos from the past four years. As they chatted about those images, I thought of the first year of the current kindergarteners: how much they have grown physically, how […]

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