The Child Creates the Adult

By Jeff Kishpaugh, Upper Elementary Teacher

A central idea in Montessori education is that “the child creates the adult” – that is, that the child, through her/his work, is creating the adult that s/he will become.

The Elementary Capstone Year

By Keturah Russell, Assistant Head of School for Academic Programs and Support; Toddler, Primary, and Lower Elementary Program Director

At Montessori Community School sixth grade is the last year of the elementary program. Our accrediting agency, the American Montessori Society, endorses sixth grade as an important “capstone” year of developmental maturation.

UEL Mini Olympics

By Sabine Howe, Physical Education Specialist

One of the events particularly unique to MCS is our Upper Elementary (UEL) Mini Olympics.


By Leandra Merea Strope, Music Specialist

(I’m new here.)  Again and again, it happens — a student comes to me with a question, and then as I’m standing there trying to give her an answer, she turns and dreamily walks away, usually to the water fountain, completely oblivious to my attempt to address her concern.

Work away! Work away!

By Camille Perkins, Toddler Teacher

I love group time in our toddler environment. It can help ground the children at the beginning of the day, become a learning platform for a new concept, and it can bring us together as a cohesive community. It doesn’t take long for children to come when we ring the bell and begin singing the “Work away” song.

The Affective Component of Learning Science

By Derek Starkenburg, Adolescent Math/Science Guide

One of the most important affective components of learning is seeing a subject made accessible and invigorating. If students can be introduced to a discipline in a manner that is engaging and developmentally appropriate for their plane of development, they can establish a keen interest in a topic and a heartening sense of delight regarding that subject, rather than a fear or disdain for it

Helping others has Pirated Amaresh’s heart

By Al Daniel

Sneha Amaresh ’13 might hesitate to dance in front of acquaintances. With that said, when you want to coax her, it helps to let her know when a meaningful stake is in it for others.

The Joy of Self-Expression Through Art

By Holly Dykes, Art Specialist Teacher

While in grad school, I worked in a library. It had recently been built and decorated in, what I thought, a pretty wild fashion—fuchsia and orange, hot pink and neon green, stripes, and checks.

If You Give a Toddler a Ball

By Tim Daniel, Head of School

(With apologies to the great Laura Numeroff)

If you give a toddler a ball,
he’ll probably just throw it over the fence
expecting you to pick it up
and give it back to him.