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...

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...

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...