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.

Art in a Montessori Classroom

Art in a Montessori primary classroom reaches across all areas of the curriculum. It appears as work in developing language and observation skills as a guide engages the child in conversations about the artwork on the walls. It aids children in developing...

Written by Jacqueline Bingaman on March 10, 2021 with 0 comments.

Alumni Spotlight: Molly Gartland

For alumna Molly Gartland, Montessori is a family affair. Her mother, Pam Boudreau, founded The Montessori School in the basement of Bethany Reformed Church on Burdick St. when she was just 3-months-old. She has distinct childhood memories of visiting the school with...

Written on January 15, 2021 with 0 comments.

Alumni Spotlight: Sunil Daniel

30 years ago, Sunil Daniel began his time at The Montessori School (TMS) as a 4-year-old preschooler, then graduating from the elementary program in 1997. In the decades since, Sunil has gone on to many notable personal and professional achievements, including, most...

Written by Mary Cox on July 6, 2020 with 0 comments.

Staff Book Recommendation: “Barefoot and Balanced”

Book: Barefoot and Balanced: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. Hanscom Recommended by: Avery Cook, Health and Wellness Specialist & Elementary Childcare Coordinator   Humans have always had a driving urge...

Written by Avery Cook on March 30, 2020 with 0 comments.

My Experience at Montessori Assistant Training

Earlier this year, my colleague, Sienna, and I made our way to Waterford, Michigan – in the middle of one of the biggest snowstorms we had all winter – to attend the Early Childhood training seminar at the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center. As...

Written by Lauren Mogdis on March 3, 2020 with 0 comments.

Alumni Spotlight: Melanie Mitchell

There are many ways you may know Melanie Mitchell, a 2008 graduate from The Montessori School (TMS). Whether through her time at TMS in the late 2000s, her state winning theatre performance at Loy Norrix, or now in her role as a graduate research assistant at Western...

Written by Mary Cox on February 20, 2020 with 1 comments.

Organizational Transformation Workshop: Leadership Anti-Bias Training

Last week our leadership team jump-started our journey to becoming a more inclusive and equitable organization, hopefully to the benefit of both our staff and the families we serve. All of our lead guides and administration spent an intense eight hours examining our...

Written by Mary Cox on January 24, 2020 with 0 comments.

The 30-Second “What is Montessori?” Elevator Pitch

As a Montessori parent, you may often get asked about what exactly the Montessori method of education entails. Even if you’ve spent several years at a Montessori school, when put on the spot it can often feel overwhelming to synthesize your experience and over 100...

Written by Mary Cox on December 20, 2019 with 0 comments.

Why Montessori for Elementary?

Following the primary program (ages 3-6) at a Montessori school, parents may find themselves overwhelmed with the number of and variety of options available to them for their child’s elementary education. Even if they have loved Montessori for their preschooler and...

Written by Ann Pilzner on November 1, 2019 with 0 comments.

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.