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...

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...

DRIVE: The surprising truth about what motivates us

What motivates us as human beings? The desire to learn? to have more material belongings? to be better than your peers? to achieve perfection? There are many questions about motivation, especially when it comes to the subject of motivating the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Our Way, and the Montessori Way – How we came to MJDS

While I still vividly remember learning to tie laces and fasten buttons in a Montessori (nursery) casa class, choosing a Montessori school for my child was not a foregone conclusion – far from it.  In fact, when it came time to look for a...

“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...

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...