Archive for January 2020

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 […]

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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 […]

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Kindness Counts

November 21, 2019

This is the time of year when we reflect upon all for which we are thankful. I am grateful each day to be among a community of learners where kindness, respect and gratitude are emphasized and part of our culture here at ASM. Lower Elementary students began the year by reading the book “Have You […]

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How Can We Help Our Children Be Successful?

October 3, 2019

Parents gathered at our first parent education event last Friday. Montessori consultant Kristen Ancker presented ways to help our children succeed. When asked “What are your parenting challenges?” responses included: time management, getting our children to eat, go to bed and do their homework, getting our children to listen and our own lack of patience, […]

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International Day of Peace

September 19, 2019

The International Day of Peace, a world-wide day of observation, was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” Although officially observed on September 21, our community will gather to honor this day at our All […]

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Middle School Reflections

April 4, 2019

Have you ever wondered what makes a child succeed at learning? Meta-cognition is the ability to understand how one best learns. Meta-cognition can be developed; it is fostered through exercises that require children to reflect upon their learning experiences. Children who understand their own learning styles (how their brains work) are able to make choices that ensure success and utilize […]

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Montessori Model United Nations

March 21, 2019

Imagine being in seventh or eighth grade and taking on the thoughts and perspectives of people living in another part of the world. At this very moment, ASM middle school students are ambassadors along with students from over 100 countries at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference in New York City! Last fall, our […]

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The ASM Experience – on Film!

February 1, 2019

We are passionate about the education we provide at ASM and we know you are too! Parents of Montessori students value a holistic view of education that provides real world skills in every program from Children’s House to Middle School. The Montessori philosophy encompasses so much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Many aspects of […]

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Exercise Your Brain!

November 16, 2018

I think we all know that exercise is an important component in keeping our bodies healthy! In addition to improving our physical health, exercise also improves our cognition, or the ability to acquire knowledge. In his book Brain Rules, (2008) John Medina says “To improve your thinking skills, move.” Medina is a molecular biologist with a […]

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Montessori Model United Nations

March 30, 2017

Imagine being in seventh or eighth grade and taking on the thoughts and perspective of people living in another part of the world. Every other year, ASM middle school students become ambassadors along with students from over 100 countries at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference held in New York City. Last fall, our […]

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