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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“I don’t know what my child is doing!”

No. You don’t. Neither do I. That mom down the street who gets a weekly update from that other school thinks she does – but does she really? How to communicate the ongoing events in a classroom with parent is a question often considered by...

Our Students’ Happiness – by Regina

Dear parents and friends, One of the greatest joys for us to see our children run and/or skip on the  pathway to the school with a smile on their faces. Today one of them even had  shiny “rabbit ears” as she was doing so.  And there is more……...