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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 more...


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 more...

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 more...

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 more...

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 more...

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- more...

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 more...

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 more...

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 more...

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 more...

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 more...

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, more...

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 more...

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. more...

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, more...

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 more...

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 more...

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 more...

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 more...