Montessori Education

Korey wrote an article about Montessori Education for the August issue of Central Coast Family. Check it out... page three.

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Montessori Kickball!

Children’s House Montessori School, Atascadero, elementary students, hosted the upper elementary students from Montessori Children’s School, San Luis Obispo for a kickball game. Coach Sam took this group photo. A fun time was had by all!

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The Life of Maria Montessori and Parent Education Night

Our Parent Education Evening #2 was a great success. Thank you so much to everyone who attended.

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In keeping with our every-other year tradition, our 3rd-6th level students performed the play, "The Life of Maria Montessori". They did an excellent job of presenting her life from childhood, to being the first woman doctor in Italy, to her first school in 1907 and finally to her exile from Italy during WWII. All that in 20 minutes! If you haven't seen it, don't miss it when it is performed again two years from now.

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After the performance, our staff talked about some of the many characteristics of a Montessori environment from Toddler through Upper Elementary and the developmental theories behind the Montessori philosophy. We also talked about how to make the home environment more consistent with what is successful for the students at school. If you were unable to attend, but would like a hand-out, we have some available here. We hope to see you all here for our Parent Education Evening #3 on December 5, when we will talk about Dr. Montessori's vision for what she called her Cosmic Education.


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Developing Independence with Montessori

From our first Parent Education Night:
What does “independent ownership” look like? In this video, “Layers of the Earth”, a level four student gives a lesson to the level three students. What you see is an independent level four (upper elementary) Montessorian who looked at a piece of candy and saw a physical geography concept. She envisioned a lesson and made it a reality. She prepared the materials and reviewed the concepts. And then she taught it to some children. No adult asked her to do this. She used her free time to prepare. For her, this was an extremely enjoyable activity and what she most enjoyed was the understanding that this was her lesson to give. And she had been doing this for three years in the lower elementary classroom too! ~Bill


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Hot Lava!

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This year at Children's House, we have divided our 98 “3 to 12 year old” students into four teams. Each team consists of children in Primary (preschool and Kindergarten), Lower El and Upper El. We will be getting the teams together at least once a month for dancing, singing and team building games.
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Last week we had our first team challenge... to move the primary children across the lawn using the elementary children as a bridge.
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The primary children could not touch the lawn (hot lava) so they had to stand on their teammates feet and get moved along the chain.
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Pictures speak a thousand words so enjoy these adorable shots. You can see the concentration and the absolute delight in their faces! By the way, after a half hour, they only got half way across the lawn, so next month we pick up where we left off! More pictures to come! ~Korey
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Google Honors Maria Montessori

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“On Friday, August 31, Google will honor Maria Montessori on her 142nd birthday with a "Google Doodle." What does this mean? The Google homepage will display the Google logo built from common Montessori classroom materials! 

In fact, as of this writing, the Google Doodle can be seen on Google homepages in other countries already!  For example, visit
Google in India or Australia to see the Doodle RIGHT NOW!  This is a tremendous honor and one that will be seen by millions of people worldwide.

As many of you already know, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin both attended a Montessori school as children.  During an interview with Barbara Walters in 2004, Page and Brin credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor contributing to their success. They said that their Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves, taught them to be self-directed and self-starters, and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.

Google has been known to vary their logo from time to time to honor famous people or events, often referred to as a Google Doodle. Make sure to visit
Google on August 31st to see the logo as it will only be displayed for one day.

Happy Birthday, Maria!”
The above info is quoted from Go Montessori

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Secret Farm

While cleaning up the school on Spring Cleaning Day, we found this little farm in the bushes in front of the school.

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Kindergartners Celebrate 100 Days of School

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On the 100th day of school, each student brings in 100 of something...
100 corks
100 legos
100 M&Ms
100 pennies
100 stickers
100 Cheerios
100 rose petals
100 rocks
100 dimes

They had 100 items for snack, they worked on dot-to-dots that go to 100, and they read a book called “100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days”!


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Valentine's Day and High Tea

This week, we celebrated Valentine’s Day at Children’s House.

On Tuesday, the upper elementary students served herbal tea, baked goods and fruit to the primary children...
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...and today, children in the early elementary were served by parent volunteers for the annual High Tea.
A grand time was had by all!
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One more thing...a strange phenomenon occurred over the weekend.
Korey and some of the teachers have been glazing ceramic pieces for the auction, with the children. Last Friday, Jennifer Wills covered up the palette of glazes they were using in her classroom so they would be fresh for use on Tuesday, when we all returned to school. When she came in on Valentine’s Day, the red glaze had dried as you see below...
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Reinventing Education

I think it is safe to say, the public education system in our country is in trouble. As supporters of the Montessori philosophy, we often think to ourselves, “...if only someone would look to Montessori for answers.” In his article, What’s Involved in Reinventing Education?, Steve Denning, contributing editor at Forbes, does just that. He gives succinct explanations (including circular flow charts) why our traditional methods are not working and gives detailed steps needed for changing the system. We highly recommend this article for parents, staff and anyone concerned about education. The last two sentences of this article only help to reinforce what we do at Children’s House. ~Dana

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