THE KINGSLEY TIMES

History of Writing Activities: Lower Elementary

Feb 28, 2019 11:16:07 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in prepared classroom, kingsley, Kingsley Montessori School, community building, writing

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We love building community through learning and doing. One of the ways we do this is by creating occasions where students work with different teachers or in different classrooms for special projects.

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Authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes Visit Kingsley — With Rescue!

Feb 27, 2019 12:29:45 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, Montessori School, community building, author visit, rescue and jessica

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We love being able to bring in authors, speakers, and inspiring personalities to bring a new spark to our curriculum. The insights and perspectives that different people with different experiences bring into our school are immeasurably valuable to our students. On Tuesday, February 26, our Lower Elementary students had the amazing opportunity to meet with two inspiring authors and activists, and their equally awesome service dog!

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Lower Elementary: Community Meetings

Feb 8, 2019 2:29:45 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, elementary, Montessori School, Kingsley Montessori School, community building

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One of the ways that we build an accepting and supportive community at Kingsley is when our students host Community Meetings with other grade levels. Our Lower Elementary students regularly host Community Meetings with our entire Elementary division—Upper Elementary students, other Lower Elementary students, teachers, staff members, and guests.

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Montessori: Student-Centered Learning

Jan 30, 2019 10:07:20 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, Montessori School, Kingsley Montessori School, student centered learning, self selected work, student centered

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One idea that underpins the Montessori philosophy, is that education must be student-centered. Maria Montessori is famously quoted, advising educators to "follow the child." Allow the child to determine the path of their education—with the necessary support.

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Early Childhood Montessori Assessment

Jan 24, 2019 1:23:04 PM / by Kate Kausch posted in montessori, toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, kingsley, Kingsley Montessori School, assessment, testing

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In the Early Childhood Division here at Kingsley Montessori School, our approach to assessment depends on a thoughtfully prepared classroom environment, and formative observations by teachers throughout each day. This results in detailed record-keeping, which informs everything from what lessons to present and which classroom materials to emphasize, to how to approach goal-setting and progress reports.

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Assessment and Testing: Upper Elementary

Jan 24, 2019 9:31:13 AM / by Tara Hofherr posted in montessori, elementary, independent school, Montessori School, assessment, testing

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Assessments are an important and necessary component of education. The fundamental purpose of assessments is that they give teachers information about what a child knows or is able to do, as a means of informing what should be taught or done next.

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Alumni Lunch Community Event

Jan 7, 2019 11:39:04 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, foundational decade, elementary, Montessori School, cultural learning, community building, alumni

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Building a Strong Community

One of the things that sets Kingsley apart is the sense of community you feel the moment you walk in the door. Coming inside from the bustling streets of Boston and entering a supportive, collaborative, and fun environment is something that never gets old for our students and families.

We love providing opportunities for our community members to get together; including our alumni!

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Building Community: Reading to Younger Peers

Dec 13, 2018 1:00:01 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, elementary, Montessori School, community building

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One tradition that we cherish every year at Kingsley is when students from our upper level classes come back to visit their peers in the younger classrooms and share a favorite book with them.

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Montessori: Self-Selected Work

Dec 4, 2018 10:25:03 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, Montessori School, Kingsley Montessori School

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In the Montessori classroom, students engage in independent work blocks. During these work blocks, students consult their learning plans, select the work they need, prepare their environment, and get to work. This level of independence and motivation begins at an early age for Montessori students.

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Four More Misconceptions about Montessori

Dec 4, 2018 10:24:46 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, k-12, pre-k, independent school, Montessori School, misconceptions, myths

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We've written before about the common misconceptions people hold with regards to Montessori education. The Montessori method is a complex educational framework, so it's understandable that there would be some misinformation floating around. If you're considering Montessori education for yourself or your family, it's important to have the real information.

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