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.

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.

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.