Category Archives: Calaveras

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Blog Series: Montessori Kindergarten & Elementary

Montessori Kindergarten & Elementary

Montessori Kindergarten & Elementary The third year of the Montessori primary program (Kindergarten) is the culmination of the child’s social, emotional and academic experiences. By solidifying all the learning and experiences from the previous two years, the third year also prepares children for the next plane of educational development: the Elementary level. As the third year […]

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 Importance of Arriving at School On-Time

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Montessori Preschool Programs Develop Successful Life Habits As adults, we all have obligations that require that we are prepared to start on time.  Whether it’s for work or an appointment, we all have commitments that require us to be somewhere at a specific time ready to participate. At the very least, being on time is a direct […]

Food Preparation and Thanksgiving Feasts

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If you have taken the opportunity to check out our website, Facebook pages or twitter feeds, you have likely noticed that our children love food preparation in the classroom! Of course with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we have been cooking even more with an emphasis on preparing a whole to share. The related skills the children […]