SNOW DAY - School Closing Early


Based on the weather forecast we will be having an early closure today. Please pick up Elementary children by 3:00pm and Toddler and Early Childhood children by 3:30pm.As many of our students will be absent and some of our staff have been unable to make it to the school due to poor road conditions, regular classes will not be held and alternative activities will be offered and some classes will probably combine for the day.1700 South is in very poor condition so we advise you to avoid traveling to the school if you are able to keep your children home for the day.Stay warm,MCS Administration

Montessori Equals Innovation, Creativity, Wonder, and so much more...


“…Most highly creative achievers don’t begin with brilliant ideas, they discover them.”Peter Sims, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 2011Enjoy this wonderful video on the beauty and benefits of a Montessori education. Click here.

Teaching Gratitude to Children


One time when one of my boys was about four years old I found myself in a common battle trying to get him to clean take care of his belongings and clean up the toys that were scattered about his play room. I felt good about our system and knew that I was not asking him to complete a task that was outside his ability to complete.  We had cleaned the room successfully on a number of occasions. Finally, out of frustration, I told my son that if he did not clean up the toys I was going to gather them up, put them in a garbage bag, and give them to children who didn't have any toys.  I left the room and, to bolster my threat, returned seconds later with a large trash bag.  My son approached me with an armful of toys and dropped them passionately in to the open bag.  Baffled, I asked "what are you doing?"  and tearfully he replied "I didn't know there were kids without any toys."
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MCS' Holiday Giving Project Through The Neighborhood House


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Raising your Montessori Child

 

As Montessori parents, we are giving our children a great gift that does not just start at 8:30am and end at 3pm.  This gift should be nurtured, honored and recognized at all times, particularly in the home. Donna Bryant Goertz wrote one of my favorite Montessori books about classroom management in the Lower Elementary classroom, 'Children Who are Not Yet Peaceful'. This book highlights the value of community and truly honoring and trusting each child to develop in their time, in their way, and in absolute authenticity.  It is powerful and inspiring for educators and parents and I highly recommend it to those of you who are raising Lower Elementary age children or who will be doing so in the near future. However, its values are appropriate for children, parents, and educators of all ages.
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MCS Halloween Carnival 2015


MCS would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the parents, grandparents and other community members who worked together to make our Halloween Carnival such a smashing success.  Thank you to those who came out to play and enjoy this great event with all of us. And, congratulations to the Uinta class on the success of their first Spook Alley.An Early Childhood Aspens class student smiles for the camera.As always, the reptiles and other creatures were a huge draw, exciting children and adults all throughout the night. Two families with students in the Magnolias class enjoy the trunk-or-treat in the parking lot. This Early Childhood student had a great time showing off her wings all night. We had a great time watching the magician.Hey Chris!    

The History of Montessori


Enjoy this beautiful timeline of Maria Montessori.The History of Montessori Education by Giraffe Childcare

A Closer Look at Montessori Math


The Montessori math curriculum is quite unlike the traditional approach that each of us experienced.  It is based on developing a strong foundation through concrete experience and manipulation until the time a child reaches the age of abstraction, typically around nine years old. As they engage in the Cosmic Curriculum, children are given a basis for the interconnectedness of all things and encouraged to engage in the wonder and magic of mathematical concepts.  Various activities and materials develop the mathematical mind, preparing the child for their inevitable explosion in to abstraction and connection to the power of relationships. The following was written by Lower Elementary Spanish teacher, Diana Haro Reynolds.Mathematics is the study of quantity, form, and magnitude. We live among it. It is in the position of the sun and in the shell of a snail. We carry math in our pockets, in our devices. It is what makes our communication...
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Montessori, Why Not?


I choose a Montessori school for my son almost as an act of faith. At that time my knowledge of the method was null, besides having heard of small chairs and colored beads. But seeing my son happy day after day encouraged me to study and deepen the Montessori’s ideas. What I had discovered astonished me as a father and as a scientist. As a father, I found how children are really respected and prepared for the future. As a scientist, I found solid scientific foundations for everything Maria Montessori proposed.
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Peace Makes Me Feel.....


When asked to describe how yesterday's peace celebration made her feel, a third year Early Childhood Willows class student (kindergartener) uses the moveable alphabet to build the words peace, love, magical, wonderful and grateful. 

Happy International Day of Peace


Happy International Day of Peace.Please enjoy viewing the prayer flags decorated by our students and staff when you visit the school this week.

A Peek Inside a Montessori Classroom

In a Montessori classroom, order and creativity coexist. Animated conversation and silent observation work together in the same space. In the best environments, children of all races and cultures learn side by side.The Montessori approach offers children intentionally prepared environments that are full of beauty and order. Materials in the classroom are appealing and designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. Montessori-trained teachers are the bridge between the environment and the student, first through careful observation of each child, and then by providing appropriate instruction and guidance.This video was created as part of the documentary film project, Building the Pink Tower. "What if we were to set aside the noise of failing schools, teacher evaluations, test scores, achievement gaps, and funding issues — and ask, instead, what is the true goal of education?" 

Celebrating our own Ms. Donda!


As many folks at MCS know, I love nature and continuously find more and more ways to be engaged in natural cycles and environments. This summer I had the amazing opportunity to be involved in the Herb Pharm Herbaculture Internship program in Williams, Oregon! Herb Pharm is a world renowned company that grows, sources, prepares, and sells herbal extracts. Through the internship program, interns work on the farm in exchange for herbal classes and opportunities to gather and make medicine. While I was there, I wrote an article for their newsletter about our experiences as the summer interns, which is also included in this publication. I have already found my summer immersion into herbs to be greatly inspiring in my personal life as well as my work with the children of MCS! We are eating the weeds and making seasonal teas out of our on site local flora and loving it!...
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Montessori Works for Children of Every Age...Why?


Montessori Is Developmental  Peter Davidson“Your children go to Montessori school? I heard that’s fine for preschoolers, but when they are older, won’t they need something different?”I would guess that many of you have been asked questions similar to this on more than one occasion. It is an indication of the positive reputation Montessori enjoys as a preschool program, but also the relative lack of understanding of its relevance for older ages. It also asserts that older children need a different environment from the little ones. And indeed they do, which is why the Montessori elementary environment is designed so differently from that for the younger ages. What most of these people mean by “something different,” however, is the teacher-centered, one-size-fits-all conventional model of education in which they themselves grew up.Read More....Two children in the Wasatch Lower Elementary Classroom using the microscope.Lower Elementary students build a collage of materials seen through the...
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Thanks to all who joined us for our first Coffee Tuesday of 2015-16


Thank you to all the parents that joined us for the first Coffee Tuesday for the 2015-2016 school year! We had a wonderful turn out, lots of visiting among parents as well as several discussions of how we can work together to continue to make MCS an exciting and enthusiast community. A special thanks to the MCS staff for accommodating the group in setting up a lovely nook in the gym, and to Britney for providing various Montessori books and videos. Also, we greatly appreciate Bjorn’s Brews for supplying all the coffee, especially on short notice! We hope that you all can join us for the next Coffee Tuesday on October 6th.-Annie GuerreroThanks to Bjorn's Brews for providing our coffee!Parents getting to know one another at our first Coffee Tuesday.  This was a great opportunity to build community.

Montessori Meal Times

Food and meal times are an important and essential part of every day life.  In a Montessori classroom we work to create a peaceful and healthful meal experience for our children as we place great value on both the experience and the consumption of food.

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A Welcome from the 2015-2016 PSA


Dear Fellow Parents, Welcome back for another year at Montessori Community School (MCS). And an extra big welcome to our new parents! We are excited for the 2015-2016 academic year! This year, the Parent School Alliance (PSA) has been restructured to include one (1) representative for the Toddler, Lower Elementary & Upper Elementary age groups, and two (2) representatives for the Early Childhood age group. We hope that the presence of a PSA Team will continue to help facilitate conversations between parents and the school, and to create events throughout the year that give us an opportunity to get to know each other, and have some FUN!  The PSA includes parents, faculty, and administrative staff of MCS and allows us to work together with a mission to offer support to our school, which allows our children to get the most out of their education. There are a number of ways for you to get involved....
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Farewell to 2014-2015 - End of Year Carnival

MCS was "rocking" on Friday evening, May 29th, as two high school bands from The Wasatch Music Coaching Academy performed for attendees at the "End of Year Carnival."  The young performers impressed young and old alike with their performances and several children really showed off their moves during an outstanding rendition of Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk."

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Uinta's May Outdoor Adventure

Early this month the Uinta class (Upper Elementary, 9-12 year olds) embarked on a great adventure to Fremont Indian State Park as part of their Great Outdoors Expedition.  The students have spent time in the classroom studying the Fremont Indians and on GO they have given attention to human interaction with nature and so this was a great way to culminate their studies as they walked the trails and read the stories of the Fremont Indians while eating and sleeping in the out of doors. Students, teachers and parent chaperones worked together to create a comfortable camp space and prepare delicious meals to be shared.  

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Praise and Punishment

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"Eventually we gave up either punishing or rewarding the children."—Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood It's a new year and many of us make resolutions. As parents, in spite of our best intentions, we sometimes get stuck in patterns that are no longer working or may not be the most beneficial for our children. What are some new ways to deal with the normal day-to-day challenges of being a parent? Re-Thinking Some Common Practices No one is really taught how to parent. We do what our parents did, or the direct opposite. Some practices enter the mainstream and are implemented by parents without much thought. How often do you use the phrase "Good job"? Do you use a "time-out" when your child is challenging your patience? Changing some of these rote responses can make a huge difference for children and parents alike. We can communicate to children in ways that help...
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