Trip to Ottawa organized by the students

​The students in Kita Shalhevet (grades 4-6) returned from a wonderful 3-day trip to Ottawa last Thursday, and they are bringing back more than just great memories of museums, watching the Blue Jay’s game, and going swimming at the hotel...

The Rain Stick and BIG Work

How does MJDS support the development of 21st century skills such as team work, planning,organization, communication and creativity? How do our students develop crucial Executive Functions such as flexible thinking, working memory...

On Being an MJDS Parent of Happy Confident Children

At MJDS we pride ourselves in the joy our children feel every day. This can be confusing to those that believe that children should not be happy at school. Once again studies confirm that “Happy kids learn faster and think more creatively. Happy...

Aboriginal Studies and Open Museum

As their class trip to the capital of Ottawa approaches, Kita Shalhevet students have been learning about the history of the country they live in, and the importance of the First Nation peoples who inhabited this land before them. The projects...

Social action, Community and Purim

Across all ages, the students baked hand-made Oznei Haman and created Mishloach Manot to give to others. Matanot la’evyonim, the Mitzvah of giving to the poor was also present as the Middle School and grade 5 students packed donation bags...

Leadership, Creativity and Purim

The older elementary students took the initiative to recreate the story of Purim. In Kita Shalhevet, Daniel wrote and directed a wonderful version of the Megillah, holding exhaustive auditions to ensure that he had the right actor for each part...

Opening Minds and Hearts to Music, Art and Judaica

Music and laughter were in the air as MJDS students prepared for Purim. This holiday presents unique opportunities for intersection between art, music, and Judaica. In art class, elementary and middle school students learned about the...

Do you know about the Montessori Mafia?

Our Upper El students collaborating to mount a shoe rack together, According to the Wall Street Journal “the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite.” The article lauded Montessori for having “a...

Our students can see music!

Imagine being able to see music or hear a painting. This is exactly what MJDS elementary students explored with their latest drawings. Artist and music fanatic Wassily Kandinsky claimed to have synaesthesia, a condition where the senses overlap...

My Journey of Discovery at MJDS

Powerful, emotional, and engaging are just some of the words that can sum up the MJDS Journey and Discovery evening. Not by coincidence, these words are the same often used to describe The Montessori Method itself. It was never clearer to me why...

Montessori: for every child, but not for every parent?

I remember the first time I got picked up by a new mom. My eldest child was about 5 months old and I was in BabyGap during my maternity leave and got the “how old is she?” opener. After exchanging some polite questions and feigning interest about...

DRIVE: The surprising truth about what motivates us

What motivates us as human beings? The desire to learn? to have more material belongings? to be better than your peers? to achieve perfection? There are many questions about motivation, especially when it comes to the subject of motivating the...