Extended Day Options

As TMS teachers look forward to the 15-16 school year, we are excited to present school-day options to supplement our traditional offerings. The new 3:00 pm dismissal time as well as our current extended care options are designed to serve the evolving needs of our parent population while maintaining the high standards you have come to expect from Tuckahoe Montessori School. NEW: Extended Primary Day …

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Springtime Reading Suggestions

Contributed by Shelby Driskill The search for books that say “spring” has taken me rather far afield: warm weather muddy fun resulting in more baths inspired the selection of Mo Willems’ The Pigeon Needs a Bath! and there are many books about new friends and old, relationships that are often on children’s minds as they transition to a new schedule. Several titles deal with …

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Math and the Montessori Classroom: Video Resources for Parents

Since September, we’ve created several video introductions to the areas of the TMS classrooms. In December we brought you Ms. Charlene’s tour of the Sensorial area. In February we featured the Language curriculum across the Toddler, Primary, and Elementary programs. This month, in preparation for the release of our math video, we wanted to share some of the wonderful resources that …

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When Tech-Saavy Parents Are Tech-Cautious

Contributed by Shelby Driskill, TMS Great Books teacher (Elementary) Early in the school year, a story in the New York Times Magazine caught my attention: “Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent.” In response to some criticisms he had raised about the new iPad, the author, tech journalist Nick Bilton, received one of Jobs’ hard-hitting phone calls. “So, your kids must love the …

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Joy in Artmaking at TMS

Contributed by TMS Studio Teacher, Julia Schneider The studio has been buzzing with creativity this fall as our Primary students make new art projects each week. The primary students have taken on a combination of product-focused and process-focused work. Though as I’m sure most of you will agree, at this age: PROCESS RULES! Here’s why…. Through process oriented art our young …

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Children in the Kitchen: The Delights of Food Preparation

Contributed by TMS Assistant Teacher, Danielle Hines Parents often hear the phrase, “I can do it myself,” coming from their little ones and still may want to take the reigns on the situation. One of the most beautiful things about the Montessori philosophy is that it fosters a child’s independence by encouraging adults to help a child do it herself. Maria Montessori saw …

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Practical Life: Bringing the Lessons Home

A significant part of the Primary day at Tuckahoe Montessori is devoted to learning how to take care of our environment and ourselves.  In the classroom all the children are responsible for keeping the space beautiful. Supplies such as towels, sponges, brooms, and vacuums are always available for students to use during the day. They really enjoy keeping the room clean and …

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The Beauty of Silence

One day in Rome, over a hundred years ago, Maria Montessori brought a sleeping four month old infant into a classroom. When all the children had gathered around her, Montessori pointed out the stillness of the child as it slept. After drawing the children’s attention to this stillness, she offered a challenge to the young students: could they make themselves …

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"Inch by inch, row by row"

We are just a few weeks away from the official start of spring (current weather conditions notwithstanding), and classroom conversations are turning to the many things we can grow — in paper cups, pots — in gardens large and small. Gardening is a simple, beautiful way that children can experience change. The garden slows us all down; we notice the …

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Winter Reading Recommendations

Every month or two, we look through the Scholastic flyers and highlight a few titles. Here are some excerpts from our recent recommendations…   A TMS teacher, passing by the library shelves, spotted the same book of Mother Goose rhymes that she had as a small child. She stopped, took it down gently, and smiled as she turned the pages. …

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