Parkside Happenings

  • 06.16.21

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    We Did It!

    We planned, prepared, and then persevered through this Year of All Years, and learning, growing, and FUN happened in spite of it all! We are more grateful than ever for our Parkside community for the commitment, support, and trust it took to get to this point. And the children! What a marvel they are! In any moments of doubt or worry, they showed us over and over again what adaptability looks like, and we took advantage of the many opportunities [...]

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    Montessori education helps your child develop independence, a sense of empathy and social justice, and a lifelong love of learning. Here, the American Montessori Society shares more benefits of choosing this method of education as well as parent testimonials on what makes Montessori special.

  • “Today we need an education that is about human development, about all the great things that humans do, because knowledge is not enough. It is about looking at children and saying: with what we’ve got, let’s create something that’s going to help them flourish.” Watch this beautiful video created in collaboration between Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and BrightVibes on how a Montessori approach to education prepares children for a life of caring.

  • In just 24 hours, 92 Parkside families and friends, past and present, pledged to Take Sweet Care of Parkside during Amplify Austin last week. With their gifts, and our $5000 match added to our total, we raised over $30,000! We could not do this work without your support, and we continue to be grateful for this incredibly giving community.

    Many thanks again to: The Tomasetta Family; The Hooten Family; Kimberly Fountain; Amelia, Julian, Stacy, and Eric; Amy Lowrey; Bill and Kathy [...]

  • 03.04.21

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    Grace and Courtesy

    If you’ve spent any time around a Montessori classroom, you’ve probably heard the phrase “Grace and Courtesy.” You may be wondering why we go out of our way to identify it as something special. Simply put, grace and courtesy is all about helping children to understand polite social norms. This one-pager from Montessori Thrive explains how they learn and practice these behaviors through lessons and modeling.

  • 03.01.21

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    Amplify Parkside

    Hello, Parkside Families and Friends.

    I hope this message finds you well and recovering from the recent storms. Just when we thought we had a handle on life during a global pandemic, we were reminded once again how quickly things can change, and we were called upon to employ the attributes of Joe’s favorite Lao Tzu quote – humility, perseverance, and adaptability. 

    For nearly a year, we have all been swimming in uncharted waters, and at Parkside, our community, programs, and finances [...]

  • Montessori education is truly having “a moment” right now as more families around the world are considering alternative methods of education for their children. Often, they are coming from more traditional environments and want to understand “the difference” between that and a Montessori environment. This chart from AMI includes some of the bigger distinctions and is a great jumping off point for that conversation.

  • One of the biggest questions Montessori parents routinely have is: “How is my child doing?” In this one-pager from Montessori Thrive, you’ll learn how guides track your child’s progress, the type of assessments they use, and how mastery is evaluated.

  • In this article, the Dallas Morning News examines how Montessori schools are adapting during the pandemic. Lake Ridge Elementary in the Cedar Hill ISD, featured in this article, is a public Montessori school, and they are sharing their challenges and successes in adapting the Montessori approach, with its focus on purposeful activity, self-paced work, and independent learning, for children at home and at school.

  • In this article, Paula Lillard Preschlack, AMI-trained guide and Head of Forest Bluff School, discusses the importance of concentration and Dr. Montessori’s creation of an educational approach that enhances it in every way. Mentioned also is a book we recommend on the deeply engaged state of concentration called Flow by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi.

“We loved the education our children received ... nurturing, loving, inspirational, disciplined, respectful, and challenging. We also enjoyed the sense of community and family that is always present.”
Christie Horne