Happy to go to school!

My kids love school! From what I hear from my friends who have children similar ages to my own, at the young age of preschool/kindergarten, most kids are happy at school.  The general consensus seems to be that these kids are at a stage where...

I can do it myself, I have practical life skills!

Let’s see if you can relate to this: Two beautiful and bright children (I’m their mother, of course I think that) are running around the house – they want to be independent until they don’t. In moments of rushing and time crunches, one lapses...

What makes us different?

When I talk to parents and friends about my kids being in a Montessori school, they often ask me what Montessori is and what makes this school different from all other schools. There are several differences indeed: 1 – Mixed Age Classes...

The Sensitive Periods

It feels like just yesterday that my husband and I were sitting in an orientation for new Casa parents, when our son started at MJDS over three years ago.  I vividly remember hearing Regina Lulka, Head of School, discussing the “Sensitive...

The Tooth Fairy

Today I became the Tooth Fairy, something I had never thought about when contemplating my parental duties. Yesterday, my oldest child lost her first tooth, a momentous occasion in our house, and one that she broadcast to just about anyone...

High Academic Achievement

One of the biggest reasons I wanted Montessori for my kids has been because of all I have read and experienced this educational methodology to be. Based on what I know, it does everything I wanted and more. I wanted to give my kids the ability to...

Mixed Age Montessori Classes

When my son started Casa at the age of two and a half, I was worried that he would get lost in the classroom.  Who would help him put on his jacket and boots when it was time to play outside?  Would he be able to open his lunch containers? With...

Seedlings for a seedling

My youngest daughter started in the Beit Habambini toddler program this past week. Was she ready? More than you can imagine. Did she march right in, and take up her post in the classroom? Hardly. There were some tears. So I decided for my own...

The App Spin to a Montessori Lesson

(the opinions reflected on this posting are personal) As you may soon find out, I am a technophile, and as such, I encourage my children to engage in learning from different venues.  While embracing the power of learning through the Montessori...

Be’Shert – A Perfect Fit

Be’shert.  Meant to be.  Destined. This term is generally used to describe a spouse – that two people have been chosen by G-d to be together. I, however, choose to use this term to describe how we feel about MJDS.  But let me rewind a...

Material Girl

  I ran into an old friend today, and in catching up we were asking about how the kids were, what they were up to, where they were in school, etc.  When I mentioned that my daughter was at MJDS, she asked with quite a bit of curiosity...

Home/work

There are many, many things I love about MJDS, but one of my favourite things about our school is that there is no homework.  I often hear complaints from friends, with kids at other schools, that they have to spend hours each night sitting with...