Parkside Happenings

  • 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.

       
  • I realize this message comes sooner than our as-promised quarterly updates, but as is par for the course in 2020, our routines aren’t what they usually are, and we’re going with the flow. We just wrapped up one of our favorite Parkside events, and we have a few special days ahead as well, so I wanted to share this update before we all break for what we hope is a safe and peaceful holiday. 

    Last week, we celebrated the beloved tradition [...]

  • Here’s a creative idea for time at home during the fall and winter breaks – Journaling with Your Child, even the young child. Thank you to Donna D’Hoostelaere of Parenting to the Max and Aldea Montessori for her videos and other resources for helping Montessori schools during these challenging times. 

     

  • The Montessori Foundation, in partnership with the Montessori Family Alliance, has created a wonderful series of Montessori Family Life webcasts that offer information and support for families and caregivers. We encourage you to check out the list of topics, starting with this 30-minute video on Brain Development in Young Children, featuring local parenting expert and friend of Parkside, Carrie Contey, PhD.

     

  • This week, we offer some tips for parents to “continue the Montessori at home.” Included are ideas for encouraging independence, setting and keeping limits, and fostering quality family time.

  • In March 2020, BBC StoryWorks filmed Montessori education in action at two schools in Minnesota, and the resulting video shows how Montessori education supports communities. So inspiring!

     

  • Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall in the classroom? Are you stumped by some of the terms you hear your child using? Would you like a better understanding of just what is going on here? You’re not alone! Since this grand experiment began, Montessori families have hungered for more insight into their child’s day and for direction on how to support their learning and development at home, and we want to help. In this “Montessori [...]

  • 10.15.20

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    Montessori Minute

    Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall in the classroom? Are you stumped by some of the terms you hear your child using? Would you like a better understanding of just what is going on here? You’re not alone! Since this grand experiment began, Montessori families have hungered for more insight into their child’s day and for direction on how to support their learning and development at home, and we want to help. In these “Montessori [...]

  • 10.12.20

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    Follow the Child

    Well, it looks like we’re doing this – and so far, we’re doing it successfully! We began the school year online on August 19th, and we welcomed the children to campus on September 9th. They are happy to be back in their classrooms, safely working and playing with their classmates, and the teachers are able to safely attend to them in every way. We are reminded, once again, that it is often the adults who “get in the way” of [...]

“I once asked my son, Harrison, to name the best thing he learned from his two years at Parkside. Without hesitation, he said, 'Parkside taught me how to love.' ”
Richard Cole