THE KINGSLEY TIMES

Lower Elementary: Community Meetings

Feb 8, 2019 2:29:45 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in Kingsley Montessori School, montessori, elementary, 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 student centered learning, self selected work, montessori, Kingsley Montessori School, Montessori School, 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 testing, assessment, Kingsley Montessori School, kingsley, kindergarten, pre-k, preschool, toddler, montessori

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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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Montessori: Self-Selected Work

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

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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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What Does the Research Say about Montessori?

Nov 30, 2018 12:46:30 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in Kingsley Montessori School, Montessori School, montessori, pre-k, k-12

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More so than ever before, humans are researching the ways in which we teach and learn, analyzing what the most effective methods for conveying information are. Alongside, and as a result of this, humans are also developing new educational philosophies, materials, and delivery systems at an ever increasing rate. It can be difficult to keep up!

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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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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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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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