Parkside Blog

  • One of the more common misconceptions about Montessori education is that we let children run free to do what they please all the time. It is true that we let the children make choices for themselves, but those choices are made within carefully crafted parameters. In this one-pager from Montessori Thrive, you can learn more about how we do this at Parkside and how you can do it at home.

  • The 31st school year at Parkside is underway, and all systems are a go! We have welcomed back 97 children to our campus and to the open arms of our incredible guides, so the classrooms are humming with activity, and happiness abounds. As we begin the second year of pandemic-era operations, we see again the capability and flexibility of the children, and we feel the trust and support of our community. We know this makes a difference in our work [...]

  • 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.

“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