Conflict Resolution Strategies With Toddlers

By Camille Perkins, Lead Toddler Teacher

Setting limits is paramount for a balanced classroom and also helpful when raising toddlers. Daily predictable rhythms and transitions help blanket the children in trust.

Finding Wonder in Nature

By Shelly Lyons, Resource Teacher

What is more “Montessori” than being outside, observing nature mindfully? I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to share many experiences doing just this over the past semester with my after school class, Mindful Nature Explorers.

We’re going on a leaf hunt!

By Jessica Daqamsseh, Toddler After School Care

When the leaves began changing and covering our campus in a rustic rainbow of reds, oranges, purples, and browns, the children excitedly explored each treasure left on our playground. Their faces lit up as they uncovered new colors and shapes which they eagerly shared with our Toddler Late Day community.

Senior Explorations

By Jeff Kispaugh, Upper Elementary Teacher

Did you write a year-long research paper in elementary school? I don’t know about you, but I didn’t even write a year-long paper in high school.

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.