Guest Post – Reflections on Generations of Montessori

We are really pleased to share with you our first guest post! It comes from Silvia, mom to three MJDS children, who asked us to share her experience as a Montessori graduate seeing her children working in their own Montessori classrooms. ...

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...

Birthdays, MJDS Style

My son is 10. He is getting used to the idea. I am not. I am looking at this huge, grimy, powerful being, and wondering what happened to my little sweet cooing baby. The Montessori Jewish Day School has a very special way of marking the passing...

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...

A Very Happy New Year

The winter break is an amazing time to watch children and see them for who they really are. It is time out of routine, long enough for them to show their characters and explore their ever-shifting relationships with their families. What I saw in...

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...