Science, the Earth and Awe

The initial lesson for the Periodic Table was short and sweet, not even 5 minutes. I told the children that this year we are calling our birthdays by the name of the element with the corresponding atomic number on the Periodic Table. For example...

Planning trips in the Middle school program

Please find what one of our Middle School student presented at a CHAT leadership conference. One of the most exciting things that we do in our Middle school is the students fully plan our end of year trip. Once the destination has been decided by...

Micro-business in the Middle School program

Please find what one of our Middle School student presented at a CHAT leadership conference One of the unique things about our Middle School program is our microbusiness. Our microbusiness is a way for our class to raise money for our end of year...

Cooking Program in the Middle School program

Please find what one of our Middle School student presented at a CHAT leadership conference. In our middle school, we never bring lunches from home. Instead, we prepare them all at school. Each child brings 16 dollars for the week. The system...

Self-directed and creative Jewish learning

“As part of the Jewish history learning curriculum, I made a Jewish history Power Point presentation, from creation of the world (Bereshit) to the end of the ​E​xodus. This took a good two months or so, and it was all worth it. Plus with my...

PD day and continuous learning

Continuous education, love of learning and improving our work with the children are important values for MJDS faculty. The recent Professional Development Day was dedicated to enhancing our practice and thus enriching our students' education. The...

Process in a Product-Oriented World

“What happens after Montessori?” is the single most commonly asked question by people new to Montessori ideas. This question is so prevalent partially because parents and new Montessori teachers often struggle with the idea of measuring a child’s...

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...

Flexibility Leads to Creativity in the Workplace

At MJDS and in all Montessori schools children are encouraged to speak their mind and make logical, convincing arguments; they know that their opinions count and deserve respect.  They also benefit from interaction, autonomy, and a sense of...

Coming Home

It would be easy to assume that enrolling my son at MJDS was a no-brainer for me. After all, my mother is the principal, and it is the only Jewish Montessori school in Toronto. I was a Montessori child and am a very outspoken proponent of...