Letter from Aytan Kadden

I live in Jerusalem and am a teacher and “Rav Bet Sefer” in the elementary school of Kfar Adumim (on the way to the Dead Sea). During the week of October 19, I participated in a program of the Jewish Agency which sent me to visit...

E-mail from Liane Sela

Today I had the pleasure to spend an hour and a half in school with my daughter Mika Sela. About a month and a half before the date Mika reminded me every day not to forget the date of my observation, which was scheduled in her presence in the...

E-mail from Freda Marcovitch

Dear Regina, It was a pleasure attending the Purim party at MJDS today. We were 4 generations attending. My mother is a Holocaust survivor and what a thrill to see a great grandchild taking part in a Purim party celebrating our Jewish heritage...

Email from Matthew Cooper

Hello, Regina and Andrea, I am writing to thank you for welcoming me to MJDS to observe your Elementary classes for the afternoon. As a student in the Elementary Diploma Course at the Toronto Montessori Institute, it was invaluable for me to...

Letter from Sue Pearce

A note from a student teacher written during a practicum period at MJDS. Initially when I found out I would be working at MJDS for the month of March I was looking forward to having the occasion to put into practice the curriculum I had been...

A Note from Pnina Dinki

Today I had an opportunity to observe our Upper Elementary class from a teacher’s perspective. The students were all absorbed in solid work, but this is not what struck me the most; it was the peacefulness in the class. It was peacefulness...

Note from Laura Nashman and Lawrence Saunders

Dear Regina Lulka, As Ryan and Jack near the completion of their time at MJDS, Laura and I would like to share with you our impressions of the impact the school has had on them. While both boys display all the youthful exuberance and carefree...

Email from Sari

There are a few things I have wanted to share with you over the past few months, and reading my copy of Tomorrow’s Child just reminded me. Firstly, one of the things I always wondered about with the Montessori system was how learning math...

Email from Tina

Dear Regina Lulka, I don’t know if you are still in school and checking e-mail but I had to say, yet again, what an extraordinary school MJDS is. It is a school and extended family all wrapped up in one. The warmth we felt every single...

Letter from Brenda Stagg

Regina, It is I who want to give you a huge thank you for having us visit, especially on such a busy day for your school! I hope you could tell that I was hugely impressed with the quality of the learning environment, both interpersonal and...

Building Better Brains

If we decided that the purpose of education should be to help every child’s brain reach it’s highest developmental potential, we would have to radically rethink school. The task seems insurmountable, yet this work has already been done. In fact...

Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate

Over a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori discovered through scientific observations of children that they are not empty vessels to be filled — they are intrinsically motivated doers. She saw that providing a hands-on learning environment...