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Traditions and Celebrations

by Michele Shane
May 27, 2022
The Children’s House was founded in 1984 in a small farmhouse in Sutton’s Bay. In the early years, the school consisted of one Toddler community and one Primary classroom. When the Continue Reading...

The Language of Encouragement

by Allie Bukowski
May 13, 2022
We often hear the terms “praise” and “encouragement” in a wide variety of school settings. Praise is typically defined as expressing approval or admiration whereas encouragement is a more supportive action Continue Reading...

Freedom and Limits

by Agnes Woynarowski
May 5, 2022
As a parent of a child attending a Montessori school, you have heard the phrase “freedom and limits” many times during conversations with your child’s guide. What does it really mean? Continue Reading...

Supporting Montessori at Home

by Jeanette Kania
April 15, 2022
One of the goals, when we prepare our classroom environments for the children, is to make it like a second home for them. We observe our learners so we can design Continue Reading...

Becoming a Montessorian

by Annie Botsford
March 25, 2022
Over the past two summers, I had the privilege of pursuing my Montessori training. After a summer of virtual training due to COVID-19, this past June I eagerly loaded my Siberian Continue Reading...

Role of the Guide

by Karin Church
March 10, 2022
Why do Montessori schools use the term “guide” instead of “teacher” and how is a guide’s role different from what may be expected of a traditional teacher? Word choice matters and Continue Reading...

Specials in Elementary

by DiAnn Service
February 25, 2022
Many people in our school community attended an elementary school where art, music, and PE were once-a-week opportunities that were earmarked as very special days. Perhaps this is how the term Continue Reading...

The Four Planes of Development

by Nadine Elmgren
February 11, 2022
During recent faculty meetings we've enjoyed lively conversations about how children at each level adapt and explore independence in our classrooms. It is fascinating to take a philosophical topic and see how Continue Reading...

From Concrete to Abstract

by Sandra Besselsen
January 27, 2022
Walking into a Montessori elementary classroom, you will more than likely find a group of children moving beads from tubes to a set of boards, as well as transferring these colorful Continue Reading...

Writing Before Reading

by Megan Fellows
January 13, 2022
Many of us who grew up attending traditional schools learned to read before we learned to write. We were taught the names of letters before learning the sound made by each Continue Reading...

Giving Your Child the Gift of Independence

by Alison Breithaupt
December 16, 2021
Have you noticed that all babies and young children tend to want to do things by themselves? This tendency is the beginning of independence, which promotes confidence and self-esteem as well Continue Reading...

Moving up to Primary

by Betsy Bloomquist
December 3, 2021
Your child’s transition into the world of Primary is an exciting, integral part in their development. The environment that awaits them is larger, filled with wonderful new materials to explore and Continue Reading...

Traveling with Adolescents: It's just that important

by Tree Sturman
November 18, 2021
First, the stats: The Children’s House Jr. High is “on the road” for nearly two months every school year.  Included in our many adventures are two, week-long city trips, one, four-day backpacking Continue Reading...

Student Led Conferencing

by Kristina Weidenfeller
November 5, 2021
Follow the child. They will show you what they need to do, what they need to develop in themselves, and what area they need to be challenged in.  —Maria Montessori  Precisely. As Montessorians, Continue Reading...

How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

by Jenny Lamble
October 22, 2021
With November only days away, parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. We genuinely care for your child and their development and look forward to our time together. We have lots Continue Reading...

How to Observe in a Montessori Classroom

by Melissa Cole
October 8, 2021
The Montessori environment integrates all aspects the child needs to be successful. Mastery over the environment begins when the child becomes aware of their actions in and on the environment and, Continue Reading...

Dr. Montessori and Peace

by Jamie Schaub
September 24, 2021
Student Assembly on International Peace Day
Perhaps you do not know that Maria Montessori lived during both World Wars.  Maybe you do not know that she was involved in the creation of The League of Nations, the precursor Continue Reading...

4 Ways to Integrate Montessori at Home

by Alison Breithaupt
February 26, 2021
Encouraging order, independence, and self-motivation is fundamental to the Montessori approach. At school, carefully designed classrooms allow students to develop competence in caring for themselves and their surroundings. Here are four Continue Reading...

Montessori and the Multi-Aged Classroom

by Karin Church
February 11, 2021
When our daughter joined The Children’s House at sixteen months, one of the biggest takeaways from our initial visit was how very capable she already was at this young age and Continue Reading...

Freedom and Limits

by Nadine Elmgren
January 27, 2021
Joyful learners abound in every classroom at The Children’s House. You can see students happily skipping across the room, some fiercely engaged in their work, while others banter over the nuisances of their Continue Reading...

A Child-Centered Education

by Tree Sturman
January 5, 2021
Dr. Jal Mehta is a Harvard University professor, researcher, and education reform advocate. Like Dr. Maria Montessori, Dr. Mehta believes that schools exist to equitably serve all students, and to help Continue Reading...

We Need More Than Kindness

by Jamie Schaub
November 18, 2020
Dr. Montessori fought for peace among people and nations. She was part of the League of Nations - the predecessor of the United Nations. It is in our training as Montessori Continue Reading...

Learning to Embrace the Struggle

by Jenny Lamble
November 3, 2020
Children naturally want to do things for themselves. Regardless of their age, we have all seen this drive for independence emerge in our children and students. At times, it can feel Continue Reading...

Fostering Independence

by Megan Andrews
October 22, 2020
In a Montessori environment, the goal for children at any age is independence. Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned a world where we live in harmony and are mutually reliant on one another. Continue Reading...

Montessori During COVID-19

by Michele Shane
October 1, 2020
Over the past several months, I have been participating in online forums with other Montessori school leaders where we discuss and collaborate on opening safely during COVID-19 and how to successfully Continue Reading...

Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Education is Montessori

by Michele Shane
September 11, 2020
Maria Montessori taught us to believe in the potential and value of every child. As Montessorians, it is our intention to provide an environment where children and adults alike are seen Continue Reading...

Farewell

by Colleen Christensen
June 4, 2020
The Dance of the Cosmos celebration has marked the end of the school year every year since the school’s inception in 1984. Obviously, I was looking forward to that day to Continue Reading...

Montessori on Equity

by Michele Shane
June 3, 2020
One of the fundamental and most important aspects of the work of Dr. Montessori was her tireless work toward peace. She believed that the hope for a more peaceful and equitable Continue Reading...

A Space to Grow Food for the Community

by Jamie Schaub
April 8, 2020
Right now we have over 1,500 plants started in the greenhouse that will grow to provide produce to local food pantries.  Since 2017 I have spent my summers helping manage Poesis Farm Continue Reading...

Up to the Challenge

by Karin Church
March 13, 2020
The beauty of the three-year cycle is never more apparent than when the 6th year children attend the Montessori Model United Nations conference in New York. It is not just sixth Continue Reading...

Lettuce Explain

by Kristina Weidenfeller
February 21, 2020
Maybe you’ve seen the glow of the greenhouse in the morning, maybe you’ve seen students running around with lettuce at carline, or maybe you are already a valued TCH Organics customer- Continue Reading...

On the Subject of Homework

by Nadine Elmgren
February 7, 2020
This past week I received an email containing an article about banning homework nationwide from a popular teacher website. The article asked us to weigh in as lawmakers contemplate this controversial Continue Reading...

Creativity in Montessori

by Megan Andrews
January 24, 2020
One of the most challenging parts of being a “Montessorian” is explaining the method to other people. We’ve all tried to come up with the perfect elevator speech and the most Continue Reading...

Social Emotional Learning

by Steve Maas
January 9, 2020
In November 2019, Megan Andrews, Karin Church, and I attended a professional development workshop with Marc Brackett, founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The day reminded us Continue Reading...

Digital Technology is Here to Stay

by Steve Maas
December 12, 2019
Over the years, we have hosted several discussions on the topic of child development and digital technology. I continue to be interested in the topic and have recently read books by Continue Reading...

The Work Cycle

by Michele Shane
November 8, 2019
The Montessori work cycle happens in every prepared environment at The Children’s House. Depending on the age group, the work cycle can last from two to three hours in the morning Continue Reading...

Four Calling Birds

by Britny Tollstam
October 24, 2019
That year, I was given the chance to do something I had longed for many times. In September of 2007, I took charge of the Nido program at The Children’s House, Continue Reading...

Self Directed Play

by Steve Maas
October 4, 2019
Maria Montessori said, “Play is the work of the child.” One of my favorite topics is play. I define play as: activity for enjoyment or recreation rather than for serious or Continue Reading...

Human Needs and Tendencies

by Megan Andrews
September 18, 2019
We know Dr. Montessori was a scientist, she observed children and made groundbreaking observations about the way they learn. Perhaps, more admirable is the way she connected childhood to being human. Continue Reading...

Grace and Courtesy

by Michele Shane
September 4, 2019
The first days of a new school year usher the children in with the promise of extraordinary potential. As they settle back into the routine of classroom life with one another, Continue Reading...

Celebrating Planes of Development

by Michele Shane
May 30, 2019
The end of the school year at The Children’s House brings celebrations, traditions, and endings. It is important to note the passage of time by honoring each developmental milestone. It helps Continue Reading...

Strategic Planning: Looking Beyond 2020

by Michele Shane
April 18, 2019
In 2015, The Children’s House published a strategic planning document, Strategic Plan 2015,  that guided our decisions through the 2017-2018 school year. The plan was generated through a comprehensive phase of Continue Reading...

Learn Something Every Day - For Life

by Michele Shane
March 26, 2019
As part of my morning routine, I read “The Management Tip Of The Day” from the Harvard Business Review. This recent entry (from February 25th)—which I think applies to business and Continue Reading...

The Greatest Gift

by Michele Shane
January 21, 2019
Think back to a time when you were a child, passionate about learning something new.  Whether it was experimenting with new words, creating art, riding a bike, or how a science Continue Reading...