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An Ethical Holiday Gift Guide

Santa Fe is full of some truly special small businesses. We compiled a list of creative and industrious individuals with an eye towards sustainability. To that end, the businesses you'll find here show mindfulness with respect to the wares they sell and/or have an...

Children’s Books by Indigenous Authors

Children’s Books by Indigenous Authors

in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, we've collected a list of 18 wonderful books to help you celebrate the stories and voices of Indigenous authors and illustrators.    1. I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner             ...

Maximizing Holiday Time With Your Student

It’s always real gearing up for the holidays with little ones (both big and small!). We wanted to share some tips and resources that can help set the family up for success during the season.1. Bring the kiddos in on the fun!We often forget that children are capable...

A DMS Manifesto

by Cecelia Romero Likes I’ve been a part of the DMS community since I moved to Santa Fe almost five years ago. I’ll admit, I was a little reluctant at first. I came from teaching in a traditional environment working with young children for over 10 years and I was so...

A Montessori Story, pt. 2

A Montessori Story, pt. 2

Montessori’s Narrative Curriculum framework   by Chris von LersnerAs thinking adults, there’s so much we want our children to know. In the past, adults who wanted to provide a rigorous education simply decided what children “should” learn, then hammered out a...

A Montessori Story

A Montessori Story

"…the Cosmic Plan can be presented to the child, as a thrilling tale of the earth we live in…." — Maria Montessori Part 1. An involuntary hiatus leads to a landmark Educational Innovation In 1940, when Maria Montessori was already 70 years old, WW2 broke out while she...

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...

A Book List  – For Parents!

A Book List – For Parents!

We periodically share our favorite books for kiddos in our blogs and realized that we don’t ever share resources for parents! We won’t be presumptuous enough to suggest any fiction (though if you haven’t already been here, please go immediately and enjoy yourself!),...

Places to Nature Watch

Places to Nature Watch

the great outdoors are calling...Ms. Judith, our Nature Special Teacher likes to say “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” With the weather we’ve been having I may also add “and not enough hot tea.” Even when it’s cold outside, our region has amazing natural...

Local Business Spotlight

Local Business Spotlight

shop small - not only during the holiday season!Santa Fe is a haven for small businesses, and there are a few that we just can't get enough of. From kid-centered hangs to spots that are fun for the entire family (yes, really!), we compiled a list of our favorite local...

New Year, New Book List!

New Year, New Book List!

What's cozier than starting a snowy new year with the perfect page-turner? We're sharing some vaguely winter-themed books for kiddos of all ages that you can pick up at the local library. Enjoy this booklist and let us know if your family reads any of these (mostly)...

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,...