Blog

Welcome to The Montessori School's Blog! Written by various staff members, content shared here is one of the many ways to stay connected to the staff and happenings at both our locations.

Alumni Spotlight: The Mortellaro-Disser Family

For anyone who attended The Montessori School (TMS) in the 1990s or 2000s, you likely would have been acquainted with the Mortellaro-Disser family. With three children in our program, spanning from 1993 to 2007, and now with their father serving on our Board of...

Written by Mary Cox on October 8, 2019 with 0 comments.

The Importance of Nature and the Outdoor Environment

 “It is also necessary for his physical development to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature.” -Dr. Montessori THE IMPORTANCE OF NATURE In the primary...

Written by Megan Schopf on September 12, 2019 with 0 comments.

Assessment at The Montessori School

Twice each year, students in our elementary program (ages 6-12) participate in The Northwest Evaluation Association’s MAP testing to assess their progress in Language Arts, Reading, and Math. Rather than testing to specific benchmarks, this assessment simply allows us...

Written by Ann Pilzner on July 23, 2019 with 0 comments.

A Day in the Life: All-Year Montessori

Primary students, ages 3-6, are able to join the All-Year Montessori (AYM) community at our Kalamazoo campus. AYM students enjoy continuous programming from 7:30 am – 6 pm for all 12 months of the year, eliminating transitions and changes to their environment....

Written by Mary Cox on June 21, 2019 with 0 comments.

Beyond Academics: The Student Perspective

“The education of even a small child does not aim at preparing them for school but for life” -Maria Montessori   If you’ve ever observed, or even been in a Montessori environment, you’ve probably realized that it is different from any other education. A...

Written by Kate Risley on June 5, 2019 with 2 comments.

Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Cialdella

For Joseph (Joe) Cialdella, some of his favorite memories at TMS took place during the annual camping trips. While he, of course, cherished his experiences in the classroom, it was the time spent outdoors with his classmates that he remembers most fondly. Joe attended...

Written by Mary Cox on May 29, 2019 with 0 comments.

Every Tree Has a Story

Recently we put out a call to current families, alumni, and friends of TMS to donate a tree in support of our brand new Elementary building that will be opening this fall. Our hope is to build a beautiful, lively outdoor environment for our students and also to treat...

Written by Mary Cox on May 24, 2019 with 1 comments.

Developing an Outdoor Learning Environment and the Benefits

“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” – Maria Montessori   Spend a few minutes near a wildflower garden with a child and you’ll observe how the marvels of nature  inevitably captivate and engross the child....

Written by Jessica Hagen on May 21, 2019 with 1 comments.

Bilingual Education: Our Model and Why it Works

By Mary Cox, with contributions from Lee Sanchez Walking into our Richland campus, you will see the students receiving lessons in math, literacy, music, and much more. The lessons are, of course, following the Montessori method, but would otherwise appear pretty...

Written by Mary Cox & Lee Sanchez on May 9, 2019 with 0 comments.

Teaching Body Safety at Home

Spring is here and with the change of seasons, comes different needs of the child. One area we pay close attention to every spring is body safety. Curiosity about the body and gender differences are all extremely developmentally-normal topics for children. Children...

Written by Ann Pilzner on April 18, 2019 with 0 comments.

The Montessori School Goes Green

Sustainability is inherent in the Montessori approach to education.  Our approach is whole systems thinking based on the relationship between the living and non-living worlds.  The emphasis on values, paired with action underlies the forming of our children as...

Written by Susan Atkinson on January 18, 2019 with 0 comments.

Renovations Begin at The Montessori School’s New Building

Internal demolition began on our newly acquired building today! An official media release regarding these exciting changes at our Kalamazoo campus is included below. Feel free to share and reach out to me with any questions. Peace,  Ann Renovations Begin at The...

Written by Ann Pilzner on January 14, 2019 with 0 comments.