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...

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...

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...

Just a Moment – Frogs and Locusts

“And, by the way, Moses, I have heard you people tell your story over 3,000 times now. And I don’t believe it. It didn’t happen that way.” Thus began my 10-year-old son Jacob’s Passover play, a two-page performance...

Newsletter, April 11 2014: MJDS A Wonderful Passover and More

In This Issue: MJDS Celebrates Pesach Tips for a Creative Seder Respect Freedom Pesach with the Shinshinim Photos from Pesach at MJDS MJDS Minds in Action Update Calendar Reminders MJDS Celebrates Pesach This year the Casa children created their...