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...

Trip to Ottawa organized by the students

​The students in Kita Shalhevet (grades 4-6) returned from a wonderful 3-day trip to Ottawa last Thursday, and they are bringing back more than just great memories of museums, watching the Blue Jay’s game, and going swimming at the hotel...

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...

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...

Leadership, Creativity and Purim

The older elementary students took the initiative to recreate the story of Purim. In Kita Shalhevet, Daniel wrote and directed a wonderful version of the Megillah, holding exhaustive auditions to ensure that he had the right actor for each part...

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...

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...

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...