Parkside Blog

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

“I tell my friends endless stories about Parkside all the time. It was the best school I've ever attended. I don't think I'll ever meet two people as extraordinary as Joe and Claire -- they really changed my life. Thank you, Parkside, for all of your contributions, love, and support! ”
Bella Castillo