A Taylor-Made Thanksgiving for Four MCS Families

By Al Daniel

Audrey Howarth ’07 — the eldest of eight Montessori Community School alumni who make a downstate North Carolina farm their common Thanksgiving destination — cannot pinpoint the dawn of the ritual.

Finding a New Community in the US

By Insaf Abdulla, Primary Teacher

Stepping off the plane from Kuwait to the United State during the first Gulf war, my then-husband and I viewed America with all the feeling one might expect as immigrants to a new land. What did our future hold? What would we do for work?

Delicious Smells

By Catherine Swanson, Lower Elementary Teacher

We are so fortunate to have full kitchens in the classrooms, and ours is getting plenty of good use. This year Thursday is cooking day, and I love hearing the squeals of joy as the young chefs wash their hands, preparing for the fun ahead.

What are children learning on the playground?

By Adam Miller, Primary Teacher

I suppose the answer to this question depends on who you ask. I have been teaching at Montessori Community School for the past fifteen years, and this query has been brought up by parents and colleagues each year. I have additional questions that come to mind.

The Tale of Miriam

By Don Henchel, Upper Elementary Teacher

Many many years ago in the 1980s when I was younger than all the parents in my Children’s House (aka PRIMARY) classroom, I had my first, and maybe best lesson in being patient.

One’s Waste Is Another’s Compost

By Kelli Bee, Sustainability, Micro-economy and Math Specialist

Additionally, I argue that fertile soil is a source of life for us all. Good soil means good produce. Good produce means good food. Good food means healthy people! And healthy people can better contribute their best to our global family.

Alissa Hansford ’12 Expands Her Horizons in Japan

By Al Daniel

Her Greater Boston campus at Tufts University is a short commute from Cheers. (Yes, there really is such a bar and restaurant, located less than an hour away from Tufts by subway and a half-hour by car.)

As Fellow Alums, Chandrasurins Get the Picture as MCS Parents

By Al Daniel

Upon sending their daughter, Alma Chandrasurin, to her first day at the Montessori Community School, Carrie Beason and Nic Chandrasurin did not make much of their milestone. They just made an old-fashioned memory.

Toddlers and the Three Period Lesson

By Colleen McHugh, Toddler Teacher

New-comers are often surprised to learn that we do not give formal lessons in our toddler environment. We do not sing our ABC’s, have flashcards, or worksheets to practice. If we are not providing these tasks then how is the child learning? Maria Montessori discovered that children do not learn best through quizzing, the child learns through exploration and engagement with the materials and adults in their environments.