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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 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 […]

Our Beginning

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Introducing the California Reading Program

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The Montessori environment is rich in language.  Whether through conversation or language games the young child is surrounded by vocabulary and the sounds of the English Language.   At our schools we use a phonetic approach to writing and reading.   Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing by developing the ability to hear and […]

Education, for Infants?

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Children are astonishing in a sense that their minds are like an ever growing, expanding, and curious wonder. When parents think of education for their child, it is a surprise that education can start as soon as after birth! Even more surprising is that education can expand beyond the ABC’s and 123’s during the infant […]

Lunch time at Montessori School of Silicon Valley

Lunch time at 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, […]