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How to Select the Best Montessori School for Your Child: Alignment of Core Values Between School and Staff

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How to Select the Best Montessori School for Your Child With four campus locations, every day we have visitors at the Montessori School of Silicon Valley. Whether they are prospective families, teachers/administrators from Montessori schools observing our classrooms or grandma & grandpa picking up, our visitors frequently comment on a handful of things that stand […]

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Rewards

What do Montessori Guides mean when they talk about intrinsic vs extrinsic rewards? When a child accomplishes a task or finally figure something out, we want to hear: “I did it!” Children are born with an innate curiosity to learn.  The early years are crucial for establishing intrinsic motivations.  In the Montessori environment, guides focus […]

All Day Montessori: the Enrichment Studio Opening (part 3 of 3)

Montessori Enrichment Studio Openings In Part 1 of our “All Day Montessori: Enrichment Studios” series, we provided an overview of our All Day Montessori programs and the role of Enrichment Studios within those programs. In Part 2, we reviewed the individual Studio Enrichment Programs that are part of the curriculum at the Montessori School of Silicon Valley: […]

All Day Montessori: Enrichment Studios (part 2 of 3)

All Day Montessori Enrichment Studios

Montessori Enrichment Studios In Part 1 of our “All Day Montessori: Enrichment Studios” series, we provided an overview of our All Day Montessori programs and the role of Enrichment Studios within those programs. In Part 2, we will provide an overview of each of the individual Studio Enrichment Programs: Art, Cooking & Gardening. The Enrichment Studio […]

All Day Montessori Enrichment Studios (part 1 of 3)

All Day Montessori Enrichment Studios

All Day Montessori Enrichment Studios “If we try to think back to the dim and distant past… what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them?  it is their art… It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has […]

The Evolution of Parent Communication Tools

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Having been in the Montessori community for well over 20 years now, I have seen first-hand the evolution of parent communication tools. We have come a long way from handwritten notes, long forms, unnecessary repetition, photocopying and other time-consuming low value-add activity.  Things improved some as we evolved from paper updates to email and websites. […]

“What Did You Do Today?”

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Techniques for Getting Preschoolers to Talk to Parents We know you are eager to know how your child’s day went.  Techniques for Getting Preschoolers to Talk to Parents What did they do?   What did they learn? The challenge is that these questions might be too vague and not “interesting” enough to a child to […]

Year Round Outside Play

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Year Round Outside Play Occasionally parents express their concern that outdoor time takes away from “learning”.  But children learn a tremendous amount through the type of physical activity they get from year round outside play. Living in California – particularly here in the Bay Area – the weather is generally mild, not too hot, not too […]

Summer Sun Safety

Summer Sun Safety

Block the Sun, Not the Fun! At the Montessori School of Silicon Valley, the children love to play outside, especially in the summer time so we take summer sun safety very seriously. During the months of May through September sunscreen and sunscreen application becomes a part of our daily routine. Here are some ways we […]

Montessori Kindergarten: The Sequence of Early Child Development

The Sequence of Early Child DevelopmentSequence of Early Child Development  Every day during the first few years of life Montessori Guides witness the remarkable changes in a child’s development  as they begin to smile, laugh, sit, crawl, babble and talk. Children then begin to socialize and play cooperatively with other children. They next acquire important skills to […]

Developing Toilet Independence

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Parent Education Night February 2017 Thanks to everyone who attended the recent launch our new Parent Education Evenings.  For our first topic we focused on developig toilet independence with pre-primary age children. Since parents asked so many great questions, we are using this week’s blog to share some of the more memorable topics brought up during the Q and […]