Southern Magnolia Montessori School

Educating primary and elementary students with Montessori-certified directors and teachers.

Mission: Our goals for students are for them to be compassionate, to gain a sense of themselves and others, and to understand and appreciate diversity. Southern Magnolia Montessori School wants students to be well trained in the basic academic disciplines, to fulfill their creative potential, and to gain satisfaction in their emotional, social, and intellectual development. We want students to love learning and to value knowledge, creativity, and hard work. It is our hope that students will be responsible citizens, critical thinkers, and caring members of society. *We believe that all members of our community have a right to be treated with respect. *We seek to understand each person’s learning style and guide him individually and at his own pace. *Our curriculum is centered around the stages of child development as defined by Dr. Maria Montessori. *We strive for a balance among freedom, order, and responsibility. *We provide a wide preparation for life by balancing academics with personal and practical life skills.

Fine art reproductions for our annual art show have begun!

Awesome Teacher Award goes to Mrs. Karleen for playing dinglehopper hair salon on the playground today! (And she has the scratches to prove it! 😆)

Katherine Johnson, mathematician and real-life subject of 'Hidden Figures,' dies at 101

This remarkable lady's tremendous contributions will never be forgotten. SMMS fourth- and fifth-year students just finished Hidden Figures and were amazed at the work Katherine Johnson and her coworkers accomplished.

ABC News: Katherine Johnson, mathematician and real-life subject of 'Hidden Figures,' dies at 101. NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who helped pave the way for the first American astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth, died Monday morning at the age of 101.

Lovely sumi-e painting for our upcoming Japan-inspired art show!

A kindergartener assists a three-year-old with beginning letter sound work. 💕

Three kindergarten samples of New Orleans architecture drawings. ⚜

Dr. Montessori meets Ghandi. How lovely that this moment was captured.

Photo: 1931, Mahatma Gandhi meets Dr. Maria Montessori at the Montessori Training College in London.

'You [Maria Montessori] have very truly remarked that if we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children' (Gandhi, 1931, p.100)

Gandhi, M. (1931) Speech at Montessori Training College, October 28, 1931. Available at: accessed on 20th Feb 2020.

That feeling when your gal pal comes in a matching outfit 💜

Homemade red beans and rice are done! The children are enjoying them for today's snack.

Our primary class continues its study of Louisiana culture by preparing a pot of red beans and rice today! The children enjoyed the sensory experience of handling and smelling a sampling of ingredients and will no doubt be so proud to taste the outcome!

5-year-old Louisiana drummer garners national attention, college scholarships

Wow!!! Congrats to Jeremiah Travis! When Alcorn State University’s band director called Nicole Jackson in the fall hoping to meet and offer her son a college band scholarship, she was in disbelief.

We had a lovely Valentine's Day with your little sweethearts!

We are so lucky to have such thoughtful students! Hope your Valentine's Day is this sweet!

Montessori schools specialize in developing these essential skills. Even the youngest students are trained to be independent, self-motivated workers. It is an education for success in life, not just success at school.

The Daily Goalcast

We couldn't agree more!!!

astrophysicist, author, and science communicator Neil explains how to raise kids that will become the shakers and movers of the world of tomorrow.

Interview: Tom Bilyeu from Impact Theory

Could Montessori be the answer to a better workplace? | Sophie Bryan | TEDxFolkestone

Workplace culture consultant Sophie Bryan delivered a TED Talk on how much more productive, energetic, and happy adults would be if their workplaces followed the tenets of Montessori.

In this talk, Organisational and Cultural Development Specialist, Sophie Bryan, makes a case for why and how the traditional workplace needs to modernise. Sh...

Thomas Edison on Montessori education - Montessori Education

💡💡💡 "It makes learning a pleasure."   Thomas Edison, 1913

Carnival time is just right for learning Louisiana history! Primary students are focusing on our state's animals, wetlands, architecture, food, and traditions.

The Covington branch library reopens today! Fun family activities there through the afternoon!

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! We love ya tomorrow!
Our Covington Branch Renovation Grand Opening Celebration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow!!

The Junior Elementary celebrated World Read Aloud Day with another chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!

From the mouths of babes! A high compliment and a lovely family portait from a four-year-old.

SMMS senior elementary students were part of the 82,000 from across the country that participated in a live webcast from our National WWII Museum on the Manhattan Project. This program was beautifully done, walking us through the researching, building, testing, and dropping of the atomic bombs, as well as the longterm effects.

It's a big day here in Jr. Elementary! We have two Timeline of Man finishers! This lengthy work walks the children through the oldest human remains through modern day man, noting the differences and contributions made along the way. After their timelines were rolled up, the boys were treated to a congratulatory song from their classmates. ❤️

The primary class wrapped up their continent study of Asia with a visit from SMMS friend Mrs. CeCe, who talked to the children about her home country of China and performed a traditional dance for them. We are always so grateful when guests are willing to enrich the children's understanding of the world!

Exciting day for SMMS mom Nancy who shared her kitchen talents on the news!

Today I had the pleasure of being a guest at @wwltv doing a quick demo on how to make sauerkraut at home. Thank you #greatdaylouisiana and @malikontv for having me!!
#nola #neworleans #greatdaylouisiana #wwltv #cooking #sauerkraut #fermentedfoods #loveyourguts #probiotics #lactofermentation

Holocaust Remembrance Day: 50 Mighty Girl Books About the Holocaust

Our senior elementary class discussed the Holocaust this afternoon by listening to firsthand accounts from survivors and taking a virtual tour of Auschwitz. It is necessary today and always to keep young people informed of this horribly dark time, to honor the many victims, and to teach peace. Here is a great list of books for further reading with your children. A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about the Holocaust for children and teens in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness." ~ Dr. Maria Montessori

Many parents wonder how Montessori schools accommodate kids of different ages in one class. The answer is an environment prepared with materials for many different abilities and trained teachers who can identify points of readiness. These photos show a kindergartener learning to multiply, a kindergartener using the snake game to practice addition facts, a three-year-old associating numeral to quantity for 1-9, another associating numeral to quanity from 11-19, and two four-year-olds playing the bank game in which they build quantities of four-digit numbers. They're all in one class, each working according to his personal ability.

Louisiana music teacher Mickey Smith Jr. honored with Music Educator Award at Grammys

Congratulations to this remarkable music teacher from Sulphur on winning a GRAMMY for his work with young people in our state!

Mickey Smith Jr. leads about half of the entire student body of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, Louisiana in the school's band, and has been growing the number since he started there 15 years ago.


We believe in recess!

Let kids play! Brain health is just one of the few benefits. 🌳🏀🏃🏾‍♀️

Painting some happy little trees with Bob this morning!

Our daily goal. Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for your endless wisdom.

A king cake medley from our neighbors at Maple Street Bakery!

Maple Street Bakery in Abita Springs newest addition to our king cake menu the” Mardi Gras Medley” combination of our Traditional king cake, Cream cheese filled king cake, Eclair king cake, Praline cream cheese filled Pecan praline king cake. Medium $24.98

More photos from our sweet morning with special guests!

Lovely morning celebrating SMMS dads and special loved ones! Thank you to all who came for making such a special memory for the children. You mean the world to them, and they are so happy to share their space with you!

Congratulations to senior elementary student Reagan on earning FIVE gold medals at her gymnastics meet last weekend! 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇

Self-portraits in the primary house this morning. 🥰

This month's continent focus in the primary class is Asia. Today students sampled seaweed to complement their work.

The Montessori farm teaches the parts of speech and is also great practice in sentence building and reading. Hands-on schoolwork makes for such joyful, satisifed learners!

"What the hand does the mind remembers." ~ Dr. Maria Montessori

📷: Mrs. Melissa Pressler's Instagram account @enchantedschoolhouse

Tech-free rainy day recess filled with board games and card games!

A kindergartener is learning to parse sentences. Has grammar ever looked sweeter?!

Starting 2020 with fresh cucumbers and hand-juiced oranges!

The work of two north shore artists incorporated into Louis Armstrong International Airport's new terminal

Our awesome town is in the news again! Congrats to Abita photographer Lana Gramlich, whose beautiful photograph taken at Fontainebleau State Park is featured in the new terminal! In the early morning hours of Jan. 26, 2013, Abita Springs photographer Lana Gramlich stood in Fontainebleau State Park and took shots of live oaks near the sugar mill ruins

All proceeds will benefit Keep Abita Beautiful! Our senior elementary class regularly performs community service with KAB to help
our town stay nice and clean—it’s a wonderful volunteer organization.

All proceeds will benefit ‘Keep Abita Beautiful’ organization. Buy your tickets at the Abita Cafe or Artigue’s.

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72074 Live Oak St
Abita Springs, LA

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 17:00
Thursday 07:30 - 17:00
Friday 07:30 - 17:00
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