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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 […]

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. […]

Montessori Preschool: Pausing for the Dandelions

Montessori Peace Education

gratitude appreciation peace education montessori classroom “History should not be taught as a collection of dates and places. But rather be approached to arouse gratitude and appreciation. This gratitude should be aroused first to the law and order of the universe and the preparation of the environment into which human beings came.” ~ Dr. Maria […]

Our Beginning


Our Motto “Children First, Always” It was the year 2001, and I had spent the previous three months trying to turn around a small Montessori school in the south bay that I had just taken over.  Prior to my involvement the school had so many problems that it was on the brink of being shut […]

Welcome to our new blog!

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For those of you who are new to the Montessori School of Silicon Valley, double welcome! To those families who have been with us, thank you for entrusting us with your child for another year. This year has seen MSOSV grow to four beautiful campus locations.  This September we opened Cabrillo Montessori in Santa Clara […]

Is my child ready for Kindergarten/First Grade?

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Alignment of Common Core Standards?  Montessori is already there! Is my child ready for Kindergarten/First Grade? One of the most frequent questions teachers hear is “Is my child ready for Kindergarten?” Considering that Kindergarten teachers simply ask that a child can sit still at circle and write their first and last name with a capital letter […]

Lunch at The Montessori School of Silicon Valley

We know that children’s eating habits and their ability to make independent choices around food is an important conversation.  As parents you worry.  We are asked every day if a child has eaten their lunch and how to make them do that. Our classrooms offer the best opportunity to teach the children about nutrition, manners, […]

Hooray For Handwashing


Young children may have charming characteristics, including curiosity, impulsiveness, and a desire to explore. As young children explore their surroundings, the likelihood of coming into contact with germs and infection, increases. Young children with disabilities and chronic illness may be especially vulnerable. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated firmly that properly washing of hands […]