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 […]

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 […]

The Explosion into Reading

The Explosion into Reading in the Kindergarten Year “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela During their three years in the Primary classroom the children move from verbal language to the written word; first by expressing their own thoughts in writing and then by reading the […]

Montessori Preschool: Pausing for the Dandelions

Montessori Peace Education

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Montessori Kindergarten: Now Your 5 year-old is a Leader

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Now Your 5 year-old is a Leader By the third year of their cycle, Montessori Kindergarten children have been waiting two years to become one the older, students in the class – they are now the “Leaders”. The Montessori Kinders naturally help the younger children do their work, even giving them lessons. Time and time […]

Choosing Montessori for Kindergarten

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Montessori Kindergarten: The value of the 3rd year Montessori Classroom Your family has been in a Montessori school for some time now.  Your child loves her teachers, the school is warm, friendly – everyone feels secure and at home. The Montessori school is purposely designed to provide this experience. Given that many children spend as […]