MCS Families – Rochelle Hayes

MCS Families – Rochelle Hayes By Al Daniel Along the Durham-Chapel Hill borderline, the names Hayes and Hale mesh with Montessori education like Ben and Jerry with ice cream. Like Disney and Pixar with computer-animated family blockbusters. Like Barnes and Noble with book sales. They represent one family, unequivocally happy where they are and showing...

Mindfulness in Lower Elementary

Mindfulness in Lower Elementary By Jennifer Tobolski “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” ~ mindful.org Mindfulness is the art of mindful meditation. The general practice is a reminder for people...

This Is Serious Fun!

This Is Serious Fun! By Levy Vargas The idea of simply putting your hands on a piece of clay is already exciting, no matter how old you are, using clay will always be fun. And, yes, one can make anything with clay. Any shape, any idea — we just have to figure out how…. I...

Working with Toddlers Inspires Mindfulness

Working with Toddlers Inspires Mindfulness By Rachel McClain As adults, it is easy to forget how to slow down and notice the details of the moment, whether it be things in our environment or within ourselves. We are often rushing around, multi-tasking, or anticipating the next thing to be done. For me, one of the...

For Lucia Craige ‘12, ’Excitement’ Conquers ‘Apprehension’ in New Experiences

For Lucia Craige ‘12, ’Excitement’ Conquers ‘Apprehension’ in New Experiences By Al Daniel Lucia Craige ’12 was at the Montessori Community School for two years, enrolling in and graduating from the Adolescent Community. Yet so much has stuck with her since that relatively short chapter in her education. To match that deceptive narrowness, one can...

Jackson Asaro ’14 Going Strong As an Oxford Undergrad

Jackson Asaro ’14 Going Strong As an Oxford Undergrad By Al Daniel Being stateside last month for a spring “holiday” and taking the opportunity to kick back and watch his beloved Duke Blue Devils reach the NCAA Men’s Elite Eight was a rare moment of downtime for Jackson Asaro ’14. It also marked one of...

Trevor Howarth ’09 Looks to Keep Learning While Developing His Inner Mentor

Trevor Howarth ’09 Looks to Keep Learning While Developing His Inner Mentor By Al Daniel The too-late-for-his-time arrival of an Ultimate Frisbee team may be Trevor Howarth’s greatest regret regarding the Montessori Community School. During this calendar decade, he and his pre-K-through-adolescence alma mater took up the game separately. While he devoted his extracurricular minutes...

The Fire

The Fire By Michelle Reader Doctrina Lux Mentis. That is the motto of my undergraduate alma mater, Centre College. Translated from Latin, it reads “Learning is the Light of the Mind”. Our motto was represented by a striking metal flame sculpture found at the heart of the campus. During my Montessori training, I first read...

What Exactly Is Practical Life?

What Exactly Is Practical Life? By Ana Catherine Dickens-Massengill Back when I was in college, I nannied for two children who attended both the toddler and primary programs at a Montessori school. Each day that I picked them up from school I would ask, “What did you do today?”  Often the answer was, “I washed...

Inspiring Writers … and Teachers

Inspiring Writers … and Teachers By Lisa Anderson One of the greatest pleasures of my work is getting to know my students. All Montessorians are trained to observe children, but it is often what you don’t see on the surface that leads to helping each child discover his/her own gifts, talents and passions. I have always...