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On Grace & Courtesy

On Grace & Courtesy

By Augusta DurhamWhen reading a recent New York Times article about Japanese fans cleaning up the stadium after a World Cup match, I was reminded of the collective care and responsibility that the children at DMS show towards their classroom environments. From our...

On Peace Education

On Peace Education

by Cecelia Romero "Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education. ”  — Maria Montessori There are many things that draw me to Montessori philosophy and education, but the thing that keeps me rooted here is the focus on Peace...

Child-friendly Autumn Cooking

Child-friendly Autumn Cooking

By Adam Ferguson Autumn is officially here! When it comes to cooking, learning new recipes, using aromatic spices and in-season produce… autumn is a favorite of ours. There is nothing quite like spending a crisp Fall Day going for a walk, gazing at the vibrantly...

Maximizing Independence at Home

Maximizing Independence at Home

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” — Maria MontessoriAs you’ve likely observed, Montessori education takes building the child’s capacity for independence very seriously. From our child-sized...

Fall Reading List

Fall Reading List

Who doesn't love a good book list, particularly a seasonal one? We often finding ourselves reaching for the same titles over and over, and reading your child's favorite book for the 57th time in one week can get... tedious, to say the least. Why not head to the...

The Art of Naturing

The Art of Naturing

Happy Birthday, Dr. Maria Montessori! Born August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy. By Judith Mace “When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength”. - Maria Montessori Children and adults thrive in nature when exhilarated with fresh air,...

End of the Year Playlist!

End of the Year Playlist!

We did it, we're here! It's the end of a big school year, the weather is warm, and we're ready to celebrate for getting through another big year. Put on these tunes compiled by our teachers - go on a drive, frolic in the woods, don that bathing suit... etc, etc!...

Celebrating Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day

" There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of...

A Springtime Reading List

A Springtime Reading List

Who doesn't love a good book list? We often finding ourselves reaching for the same titles over and over, and reading your child's favorite book for the 57th time in one week can get... tedious, to say the least. Why not head to the library and choose some fresh...

Preparing Your Garden

Preparing Your Garden

One of the best ways to celebrate spring and shake off the winter doldrums is to get in the garden. Just think - gardening downright saved Colin in The Secret Garden, imagine what it could do for you! By Liza Frolkis I’ve spent a decade of my life dedicated to...

Black History Month: Reading List

Black History Month: Reading List

Black History Month celebrates and honors all Black people from all periods of US history. I’m honored to share some of the books in nightly rotation in our home centering historical black figures. Reading these books with my children has sparked conversations about...

On Black History Month

On Black History Month

At Desert Montessori, we celebrate being human as we grow little humans into the best version of themselves. We do this by instilling kindness, caring and empathy.  This month we are doing that by celebrating Black History Month.  A month that teaches us that...

The Power of Positive Language

The Power of Positive Language

“Teach by teaching, not correcting.” — Maria MontessoriIt’s hard not to bribe children when they won’t listen. “If you don’t put your toys away there will be no show.” “If you don’t finish eating dinner then there will be no treat.” We try these common phrases when it...

Immunity Boosters

Immunity Boosters

With the pandemic still surging, staying healthy is more important than ever before. In addition to following the scope of medicine and science, keeping your immune system strong naturally is increasingly vital. Our Aftercare teacher and certified holistic...

A Reading List for the New Year

A Reading List for the New Year

Who doesn't love a good book list? The new year is always a good time to get rid of the old, and welcome the new... whether you're traipsing down to Beehive for some new titles or borrowing from the local library, we promise your kiddo won't be disappointed with these...

Winter Playlist

Winter Playlist

Imagine: you've lit a fire, piled your hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows, and the whole family has their comfiest, coziest sweaters on... the one thing that's missing? Some seasonal tunes! We asked our teachers to share their favorite wintery songs with us,...

Setting Boundaries at Home

Setting Boundaries at Home

“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control is to betray the idea of freedom.” — Maria MontessoriWe’ve heard it from staff and parents alike - the new normal of COVID where we are inherently spending more time with our kiddos...

Holiday Helpers!

Holiday Helpers!

The holiday season has arrived and this one holds the promise for more warmth and community than the one we spent in isolation last year. Youngsters are getting excited about the family plans ahead whether that’s sharing a small meal together or traveling to see...