THE KINGSLEY TIMES

Parent Child Visit Day: Community and Tradition

Nov 28, 2018 2:04:17 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in Kingsley Montessori School, parents as partners, parents, family involvement, Montessori School, montessori

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Parent Child Visit Day

Each year Kingsley hosts a special event known as Parent Child Visit Day. One of the highlights of the school year, this event gives parents the opportunity to come into the classroom and not only observe, but participate in the work and learning of their children. Students proudly prepare their favorite and most important pieces of work to share with the adults in their lives, and are thrilled to have the opportunity to show off what they've learned.

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Diwali: Learning and Celebration

Nov 27, 2018 11:19:05 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in cultural learning, Montessori School, pre-k, preschool, montessori, parents

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Cultural learning is a key component of the Montessori curriculum. Students begin learning about the histories, cultures, religions, and geographic features of different parts of the world at a very young age. Learning about cultures or religions beyond your own is especially rewarding when your classmates and their families can help you learn from their own experience! 
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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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