Guidepost Montessori at Sterling

We're a high-fidelity Montessori school serving preschool through kindergarten-aged children in the

With over 90 campuses across the US, Europe and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 7,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.

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In our program, children achieve advanced levels of abstract mathematical thought—building up to it, step by step, through a process of induction. They start with things they can touch and feel and see and understand, and everything always connects back to that early experience.
What makes the child’s achievement and her joy possible is the scientifically designed sequence of materials that bring the concepts to life, ground them in reality, and guide her step-by-step to an increasingly abstract understanding. In short, what makes it possible is an environment that is especially designed to support the development of the child’s mathematical mind.



✨ Celebrating 5 Years of Guidepost!✨

Today marks a significant milestone for our school leadership team as we celebrate five incredible years of working with Guidepost Montessori! 🎉

Our journey has been nothing short of extraordinary, filled with countless moments of growth, learning, and community building.

To our dedicated team, thank you for your unwavering commitment and passion. Your hard work and dedication make a profound difference in the lives of our students every day.

Here’s to many more years of shaping bright futures together! 🌟


Exciting news! Our very own Head of School, Mike Brown, has been selected as a finalist for the 2024 Heart of Service Lifetime Achievement Award! Mr. Mike’s dedication and commitment to the early childhood community have made a significant impact on the lives of many. Join us in congratulating him on this well-deserved recognition!


Artistic activities such as drawing, painting, cutting, and sculpting promote the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. These activities help children refine their manual dexterity and control over small muscle movements.


Wishing you all a very special Mother's Day from our Sterling Community! #


Outdoor play is essential. It’s helps children develop crucial skills like teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity. Most importantly, it’s fun!


Behind every great School is a caring... Principal! Happy School Preicipal's Day.
Thanks, Mr. Mike 🙏🎈🎊

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Montessori classrooms incorporate elements of nature and the outdoors, providing outdoor play and exploration opportunities. Outdoor environments offer rich learning experiences and encourage children to connect with the natural world through sensory exploration and imaginative play.

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Picture day was a success! 🤳📸

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Montessori believed that the ability to perform fine motor tasks with precision and accuracy was instrumental in developing a child’s attention, concentration, and problem-solving skills. She also viewed the development of fine motor skills as essential for enhancing a child’s creativity and sense of independence.


Toddlers are at a crucial stage of language development, and early exposure to literacy activities can lay the foundation for future reading and writing skills.
Enjoying our new Toddler Library

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Tracing the shapes of the letters with their fingers helps children develop pre-writing skills by strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This activity prepares children for later writing and letter formation activities.


Montessori education instills in children a deep respect for the natural world and their surroundings. Children learn to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the environment and develop a sense of responsibility for its care and preservation.

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Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society. Maria Montessori


Solar Eclipse

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Don’t we all want reassurance that our kids, with all their strange (and often annoying) behaviors, are “normal”?

It’s normal to spend the toddler years in survival mode, right?

It’s normal that my kids hate school and don’t want to do their homework, right?

And isn’t it normal for teenagers to slam doors, call you names, never look up from their phones, or always be in a mood?

Well, these behaviors might be common — common enough to make them seem normal.

But Maria Montessori defined “normalcy” in terms of healthy human development — not what was considered common in culture or society. This is “normal” the way a doctor might use it: meaning the absence of disease, or the presence of health.

Her vision of normal, healthy development looks slightly different from one stage to the next. But it looks nothing like what we consider to be “normal” today.

Learn about each developmental stage (and what your child needs to develop normally) in this week's issue of the Parenting Guide (see link in bio!).


Join us for the out of this World Event!

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Summer learning loss is real, and that's especially true in higher grades.

But what’s the answer? Designing the perfect summer curriculum for our kids?

Thankfully, no.

We could force our children to spend their vacation doing math worksheets and reading Dostoevsky.

But if we do that, we’ll inadvertently teach them another lesson: how to hate learning.

So, to get your kids to stay sharp over the summer, you’re going to have to figure out how to make learning fun.

Which is where we come in — with activities to cover every subject this summer, from reading to math, check out our newsletter at the link in our bio!


Happy Easter to all!


Offering Children encouragement, and support, builds children's confidence and self-esteem. Recognizing their efforts, strengths, and accomplishments helps them develop a positive self-image and resilience in the face of setbacks.


By understanding the factors that influence concentration and implementing strategies to support it, parents, caregivers, and educators can help children develop this essential skill, setting them up for success in learning and life.


By understanding the factors that influence concentration and implementing strategies to support it, parents, caregivers, and educators can help children develop this essential skill, setting them up for success in learning and life.


Exploring natural surroundings allows children to discover new things, sparking curiosity and a sense of wonder. This sense of exploration is crucial for the development of a child's inquisitive mind.

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Your home can be set up intentionally, in a way that beckons your child to interact with it and participate in life — teaching them that the world is a fascinating place.

On the flip side, when your home is full of areas your child can’t go and things they can’t touch, the world can seem unwelcoming and scary.

The idea that the environment can support (or hinder) a child’s development came from Maria Montessori, whose innovative ideas on education have persisted for over a century — for good reason.

So, what makes the “Montessori environment” so special? And why does it matter?

You can find the answer in our latest Substack (see the link in our bio!)


Show a child how to water plants gives them a sense of ownership and pride in caring for shared community spaces; to aid in the development of functional independence.


The Binomial Cube is a valuable Montessori material that helps children develop foundational algebraic skills while engaging their senses and promoting exploration and discovery.


Happy Pi Day! 🥧


Happy Monday!

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Children and nature have a profound and positive relationship, and exposure to the natural environment offers numerous benefits to a child's physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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International Women’s Day


Comment below and tell us where you want to see a Guidepost open up near you!

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Our campuses are BUZZING today with parents and students brining heartfelt gifts to the staff and guides excited to show their appreciation! If you dropped off your kids this morning at a Guidepost campus, it's likely you felt that buzz too! 😍

With over 140 Valentine's Day events this week, we have to showcase a few in honor of all the dedication and hard work the school leaders have shows to make these events happen. THANK YOU! WE APPRECIATE YOU! 🤗

If you felt the BUZZ today, drop a 🥰 in the comments.

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We celebrated across our network and our team did not disappoint! These images are courtesy of our Guidepost Montessori at Princeton Meadows campus in New Jersey. 🥁

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Tuesday Tips: Nurture Curiosity!

We believe in fostering a love for learning by encouraging open-ended exploration. Instead of limiting children to yes/no answers, ask questions that spark their imagination and critical thinking skills. 🧠💡

By delving into specific inquiries like "Why do you think...?" or "How did you...?", you empower your child to express themselves fully and engage deeply with the world around them. 🌍💭

Let's inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity in our children today, one thoughtful question at a time! 🌟 Swipe for some ideas on open ended questions to ask.

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Our Mahwah, NJ campus is celebrating their amazing families this morning! We love to see it. 💙 Parent involvement, big or small, is the cornerstone of our ethos. Guidepost Montessori at Mahwah

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Explore our latest campus in Westfield, IN! 🥰 Introducing Guidepost Montessori at Spring Mill . Situated conveniently in Westfield, Indiana off W 176th Street, our campus provides a range of Montessori programs tailored for students from infancy through kindergarten.

To learn more about this campus or take a tour, visit them here:


A lot of you asked if we could talk about activities to promote mindful emotional regulation. Here are some ideas:

🛞Mindful Breathing with a Pinwheel:
Use a pinwheel to teach children about deep, mindful breathing. Instruct them to take slow, deep breaths, focusing on the movement of the pinwheel. Lovevery has a great kit with this included.

🐞Nature Sensory Tray:
Create a sensory tray with natural materials like sand, rocks, and shells. Encourage children to explore the textures mindfully, discussing how each one feels and connecting it to their emotions.

🪨Emotion Stones:
Paint stones with different facial expressions representing various emotions. During circle time, children can pick a stone and share a time when they felt that emotion, fostering emotional awareness and expression.

🎧Mindful Listening Station:
Set up a quiet corner with headphones and calming music or nature sounds. Teach children to close their eyes and focus on listening mindfully, identifying different sounds.

🎨Peaceful Art Corner:
Provide art materials and encourage children to express their emotions through drawing or painting. Use this time for self-reflection and discussion about their creations.

👣Mindful Walking:
Take a mindful walk outdoors, encouraging children to pay attention to their steps, the sounds around them, and the sensation of the ground beneath their feet.

🫐Mindful Snack Time:
Encourage children to eat mindfully by engaging their senses. Discuss the taste, texture, and smell of the food. This fosters a connection between food and emotions.

📚Mindful Storytelling:
Read books that focus on emotions and mindfulness. Afterward, have a discussion about the characters' feelings and relate them to the children's own experiences.

Remember to tailor these activities to the age and developmental stage of the children, and always create a safe and supportive environment for their emotional exploration.

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Rain or shine, our Mother’s Brunch & Hike was a splash of joy! 🌧️💕 Exploring nature’s beauty with our little ones and ce...
“We may define a scientist as one who during the course of an experiment has perceived something that leads to a further...
Happy Earth Day!
Growing memories! 🌱🌼 What a fun-filled day of hands-on learning and beautifying our outdoor space. #guidepostmontessori ...
The children (and staff) had so much fun during the fantastic Rainbow Puppet Theater group performance 🌈✨
Solar Eclipse
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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”- Maya Angelou#guidepostmontessori #artday #creativit...





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