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Outdoor Time with Toddlers

By Melissa Wilcox For the Toddlers at the Lake Oswego Campus, our playground is nature. We are fortunate to have a wonderful enclosed garden filled with the natural wonders of Oregon. The children are welcomed to explore a wide variety of activities with all of their senses. The toddlers in our community enjoy outdoor time […]

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Peaceful Outdoor Play Experiences

By Crystal Harris Every day, the children from our Primary classrooms join together outside to play after lunch. It is a great opportunity for friends and siblings in different classes to come together and share part of their school day. Our Elementary students have lunch during Primary recess, which allows for the younger children to […]

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The Art of Living Together: Cooperation

By Carrie Caffee-Martin What exactly do we mean when we talk about cooperation in a primary environment? How do we foster it, and why is it an essential ingredient in supporting a peaceful community and world? Definition of cooperation the actions of someone who is being helpful by doing what is wanted or asked for […]

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Supporting Executive Function & Self-Regulation in the Elementary Child

By Kelly Hale During the ages of six through twelve, children are developing rapidly. These children change in appearance with taller and stronger bodies, a new set of teeth, and other noticeable differences that show other people that they are on the road to adulthood. Internally, these children are experiencing even more drastic changes. Social […]

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Making Meaningful Moments with Children During the Holidays

by Delila Olsson During last week’s Parent-Guide Open Forum, we discussed strategies for making holiday celebrations and rituals meaningful and relevant for the youngest members of our families. While we can’t entirely control exposure to messages and images that leap out from television screens and other advertisements, we can offset these messages by providing our […]

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Celebrations with Children

by Lauren Hodges, Primary Guide The Montessori classroom is designed to empower each child with the tools and resources that will support their emotional, spiritual, and physical development. As Montessori educators we focus on the cultivation of functional independence by giving lessons that inherently empower not only a child’s understanding of the world around them […]

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Elementary Learning Outside of the Classroom: Going Out

by Kelly Hale, Lower Elementary Guide Elementary students are naturally curious and have a strong internal drive to connect with their world. These children are encouraged to explore their interests, both within the classroom, as well as beyond. When a classroom community goes on a field trip together, the teacher generally plans the excursion off […]

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The Roots of Self-Discipline

by Ashley Crawford, Primary Guide The first time I walked into a Montessori environment, many years ago, the levels of independence and self-control the young children demonstrated simply amazed me. It was your typical Montessori touring experience: I observed silently in a classroom, witnessing children make all kinds of choices. Some were working alone, others […]

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Three Tools of Responsibility in the Elementary Classroom

Kelly Hale joined our community in 2014. She is the Lower Elementary guide in the Cedar Room. Here, Kelly describes the Three Tools of Responsibility that support the elementary students developing independence and love of learning: Fostering a sense of independence is a common theme throughout all stages of Montessori education.   Dr. Maria Montessori developed […]

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