THE KINGSLEY TIMES

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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Diwali: Learning and Celebration

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

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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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Head of School Classroom Visits

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

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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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The Prepared Environment: Six Principles

Jul 10, 2018 12:24:18 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, preschool, Montessori School, prepared classroom

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The Prepared Environment

The Montessori classroom is a meticulously prepared environment, developed to maximize learning and growth in students. Maria Montessori pioneered the idea that an environment can be designed specifically to facilitate independent learning in children. She based this concept on her own careful observations, and developed a framework of six core principles to guide the creation of a student-centered classroom.

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The Fairfield Campus: Early Childhood

Jul 10, 2018 12:14:00 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, toddler, preschool, Montessori School, boston, back bay

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Kingsley Montessori School is housed in two separate, historic buildings in Boston's beautiful Back Bay neighborhood.The buildings are one block apart; one is located on Fairfield Street and one on Exeter Street. They are nestled between the lovely Commonwealth Avenue Mall in one direction, and the bustle of Newbury Street in the other. 

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Kingsley Core Values: The Foundational Decade

Jun 26, 2018 3:09:23 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, toddler, preschool, foundational decade, foundational decade of learning, k-12, pre-k, elementary, independent school, independent

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Kingsley Montessori School has three Core Values that guide our educational approach, and help shape our school culture. We believe that these values are central to creating the best place to grow and learn.

Kingsley Core Values

  • The Foundational Decade of Learning
  • Parents as Partners
  • Know Every Child

The first of these values, The Foundational Decade of Learning, serves as the backdrop for everything we do at Kingsley.

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Kingsley Core Values: Parents as Partners

Jun 26, 2018 3:09:18 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, preschool, k-12, pre-k, elementary, independent school, independent, know every child, parents as partners, parents, PTA, Montessori School

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Kingsley Montessori School has three Core Values that guide our educational approach, and help shape our school culture. We believe that these values are central to creating the best place to grow and learn.

Kingsley Core Values:

  • The Foundational Decade of Learning
  • Parents as Partners
  • Know Every Child

Parents play an integral role in the life of their child, and that extends into their schooling and education. We believe that parents are partners in this journey, and Kingsley is devoted to working closely with families.

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Kingsley Core Values: Know Every Child

Jun 26, 2018 3:08:49 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, toddler, preschool, foundational decade, k-12, pre-k, elementary, independent school, independent, know every child, parents, Montessori School

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Kingsley Montessori School has three Core Values that guide our educational approach, and help shape our school culture. We believe that these values are central to creating the best place to grow and learn.

Kingsley Core Values

  • The Foundational Decade of Learning
  • Parents as Partners
  • Know Every Child

At Kingsley knowing every child as an individual learner is central to our mission. By knowing every child, we can channel their natural curiosities to create passionate, independent learners.

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Foundational Skills: Order, Coordination, Concentration, Independence

Feb 9, 2018 11:41:11 AM / by Doug DeMaio posted in toddler, preschool, foundational decade, foundational decade of learning, Montessori School

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Setting the Foundation

The Early Childhood environment is the first stop in the Foundational Decade, from ages two through twelve. It sets the groundwork for future learning, by developing the requisite skills for more complex tasks. Toddler and Three-to-Six classrooms nurture and refine developmentally appropriate skills based on the basic Montessori principles for learning: order, coordination, concentration, and independence–or "OCCI."

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Create-A-Day Challenge at Kingsley

Feb 2, 2018 1:49:00 PM / by Doug DeMaio posted in montessori, preschool, elementary, independent

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One of the hallmarks of Montessori education is the level of independence it fosters in children. Self-guided, self-selected work leads learners to develop intrinsic motivation. Students who are motivated to pursue their interests and passions have a tendency to create amazing things.

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