Parkside Blog

  • 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 [...]

  • First and foremost, we hope this message finds you and yours safe and healthy. We are thinking of our extended community often and wishing everyone well. Normally in this May edition, we would be sharing news and photos of the children celebrating end-of-school events like Science Fair, Field Day, Culural Challenge, and Gates of Life, but none of those things are happening this year or at least not in the way that we would prefer.

    Our campus has been closed since [...]

  • 11.18.19

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    Fun Fall Days

    Fall (and winter?!) days are upon us, and we are really in the swing of things, having just wrapped up some of our favorite Parkside events – Community Picnic, Fall Campfire, Fall Fest, and Ghosts of the Past (with a Living Wax Museum!). In addition to the work that happens in the classrooms every day, these events are also wonderful opportunities for learning, fostering community, and creating lasting memories, all of which Parkside is dedicated to providing to every child [...]

  • 02.26.20

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    Love Is In the Air

    On Valentine’s Day, the love was in abundance at Parkside as we once again hosted a new favorite event – Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. The campus was sparkling, the singing was beautiful, and the company was delightful. We had over 100 guests, and after Simple Gifts, they were invited to tour their child’s classroom before heading off to a long holiday weekend together. We know that many of our children are able to attend Parkside due to the generosity [...]

  • We are back! The children have returned to campus, and the staff is moving on to the wonderful business of guiding and growing these magnificent humans. In our sixth year on this campus, we are thrilled to welcome new families and staff members while carrying on the traditions and culture that Joe and Claire have lovingly fostered since 1991. We are so fortunate to have their continued presence and guidance on campus, even as they transition toward retirement, and I [...]

  • Springtime is always packed to the gills with special projects and events that showcase the children’s personal growth and the rich lessons that have been presented in the classrooms over the school year. It’s such a pleasure to see each child, from Primary through Upper Elementary, rise to the challenge and celebrate their accomplishments! 

    We were recently inspired and educated by our Elementary children through Lower Elementary’s Invention Fair and Upper Elementary’s Science Fair! These wise and creative minds [...]

“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