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Montessori Homework Tips

Nov 15, 2018 10:00:43 AM / by Pete Zetlan posted in Kingsley Montessori School, Montessori School, montessori, homework

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Homework: Parent Discussion

The Kingsley Coffee Talk series continued this week with a focus on supporting homework at home. At Kingsley we view homework as a purposeful extension of classroom academics to help students build healthy work routines, increase their work stamina, and establish time management skills, as well as independence with their own work, all while having a positive experience. Our main points in helping support homework at home were:

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Family Involvement in Montessori Preschool

Nov 8, 2018 12:05:47 PM / by Doug DeMaio

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Preschool Parent Involvement

Parental and family involvement in a student's education, especially at the youngest levels, is critical for a positive, potential-filling experience in school and at home. A recent study looked into the implications of familial involvement in preschool, and how that involvement can be fostered by the school. 

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Children Prefer Real Activities to Pretend Play

Nov 8, 2018 11:57:33 AM / by Doug DeMaio

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A recent study into the psychology of real and imagined play in children offers new support to one of the hallmarks of the Montessori method. The research, conducted by Prof. Angeline Lillard, and published in the journal Developmental Science, aims to determine whether children prefer imaginary play, or real activities for their "play" time. 

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Designing Water System Models in Lower Elementary

Nov 8, 2018 8:28:46 AM / by Doug DeMaio

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Students in the Lower Elementary Science classes utilize their knowledge of scientific modeling, city planning, and water systems, to create detailed water system models for their hypothetical cities.

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Physical Activity in Montessori Classrooms

Nov 8, 2018 8:28:04 AM / by Doug DeMaio

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Physical activity is an important and necessary component of the school day, especially for younger children. The Montessori method encourages students to engage in physical activity; from manipulating various Montessori materials, to selecting their own work and carrying it to their work stations.

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Early Elementary Astrophysics: You Read That Right

Oct 23, 2018 8:40:36 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in great lessons, Kingsley Montessori School, kingsley, boston, tech integration, Montessori School, independent school, elementary, montessori

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Sometimes the stars align, so-to-speak, and you can provide an immersive Astrophysics lesson to your Lower Elementary students; harnessing their interests, knowledge, and the awe-inspiring vastness of the universe.

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Montessori Birthday Walks

Oct 19, 2018 8:27:44 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in Montessori School, montessori, foundational decade, k-12, Kingsley Montessori School

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Celebration of Life

Many Montessori institutions, including Kingsley Montessori, celebrate student birthdays with a celebration of life ceremony known in the classrooms as The Birthday Walk. The Birthday Walk gives students an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the life and growth of their classmate, in a positive, collaborative way.

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Head of School Classroom Visits

Oct 5, 2018 12:47:49 PM / by Steve Farley posted in Kingsley Montessori School, Montessori School, montessori, toddler, preschool, independent school, elementary, foundational decade

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Mr. Farley's Fall Insights

This segment was originally published in the Oct. 4, 2018 edition of the Kingsley Bulletin (Kingsley Montessori School's community newsletter).

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Cultural Learning in Elementary

Oct 3, 2018 8:59:07 AM / by Patrick Davis posted in great lessons, Kingsley Montessori School, kingsley, critical thinking, montessori, elementary, foundational decade, cultural learning

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This article originally appeared in Kingsley's Spring 2018 issue of The New Kingsleyan . Written by Kingsley Lower Elementary Teacher Caroline Locke and Upper Elementary Teacher Patrick Davis.

Kingsley's Cultural Curriculum

As anyone who knows an elementary student can attest, two of the most frequent questions that they ask are: why and how? “Why do the days get shorter in the fall?” “Why are whales mammals and not fish?” “Why are there so many different countries in the world?” “How big is the sun?”

The move from Preschool to Elementary indicates a remarkable shift in a student’s perspective of the world. During the first six years of life, a child is only aware of oneself and one’s immediate environment. As children enter the second plane of development and Elementary school, they begin to connect more meaningfully to society and expand their consciousness of the world beyond them.

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Cultural Learning in Early Childhood

Oct 3, 2018 8:56:13 AM / by Doug DeMaio

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This article was originally written by former Kingsley Early Childhood Lead Teacher Laura Beaudry, and printed in the Spring 2018 issue of The New Kingsleyan.

Montessori Cultural Learning

The Montessori Cultural area at the Early Childhood level is broad in content, yet specific in its intention. It is through the Cultural curriculum that young children develop impressions about how the world works.

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