Archive for January 2020

Coffee House and Community

January 30, 2020

ASM’s Coffee House is one of my favorite events of the school year! It is a time to gather with families and friends and to support our students’ artistic endeavors in a convivial environment! I love to watch our students, of every age, share their wonderful talents. The students gain confidence by performing in front […]


The Engineering Design Process Comes to Life!

January 23, 2020

Ask, imagine, plan, create and improve! These are the problem-solving steps of the Engineering Design Process that students learn to follow. ASM introduces STEM in the Children’s House and continues with greater sophistication through middle school. It is fun to see our youngest learners so eagerly engage in STEM challenges and it is impressive to see […]


Failure as a Prerequisite for Success

January 16, 2020

“The recipe for succeeding in any given field is hardly a mystery: good ideas, hard work, discipline, imagination, perseverance and maybe a little luck” writes David Noonan in Scientific American. Oh, and let’s not forget failure, which Dashun Wang and his colleagues at Northwestern University call “the essential prerequisite for success”. Five years ago one […]


Developing Practical Life Skills

January 9, 2020

Practical life is everywhere! Coordination, order, concentration and independence (COCI) are initially developed in the Practical Life area of the Children’s House classroom, though can be observed throughout our Montessori environment. Coordination – Fine and gross motor coordination are developed through the many works in a Montessori classroom. Pouring water from a teapot into a tiny […]


American Red Cross Blood Drive

January 2, 2020

ASM is hosting its fifth American Red Cross Blood Drive today from 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the American Room. I am thankful that ASM is able to assist the Red Cross in its efforts to save lives. Hosting a blood drive is supportive of our mission, philosophy and sense of who we are as a community. […]


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