Montessori School of Mount Pleasant

Montessori School of Mount Pleasant

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If any of your young ladies are interested in travel softball, the Cooper River Raptors Travel Softball Team Team are hosting tryouts for 10U - 16/HS this Sunday starting at 12pm. Please sign up at www.cooperriverraptors.org/tryouts
Thank you for the lovely cookies to compliment the tea served by our Montessori School of Mount Pleasant children to their families. You helped make our annual Valentines Tea Party (virtual this year) a special memory. We very much appreciated the delicious treats!
Job Alert: Montessori Collaborative Early Childhood Teacher at Montessori School of Mount Pleasant, a private school serving infants, toddlers and children aged 3 through 6 years.

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Hi Mrs Megan, Ms Malinda and Mrs Amy Given, do you recognize any of these blonde heads from 2018??? We love you guys and wish you a great start to a new school year ❤️
Came across this quite by accident a couple of weeks ago... the Graduation 2015 song. I bawled like a baby. 😆😭
Lots of smiles on campus today! We hosted a performance by a troupe of Chinese Acrobats. Although there were many powerful insights for our students (especially grades 3-5 who study Mandarin), there are also vital life lessons to be gained in sharing 4-5 programs like this each year. Our students regularly host, take care of, and get to know other members of our community. We marveled at the amazing athletic feats with our friends from Hibben Preschool, Montessori School of Mount Pleasant, Charleston Area Homeschool families, Meeting Street Academy, Moultrie Middle School, Trident Academy, Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary PTA, Sundrops Montessori Bridge Campus, The Cooper School, and other community groups and the public! This year's other programs were the The Official Parris Island Marine Band Brass Quintet and Ballroom Dance Charleston, SC USA Dance Chapter 6021. For our final show of the year, we are hosting One World Taiko - a Japanese Drum ensemble on March 20.
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Lots of smiles on campus today! We hosted a performance by a troupe of Chinese Acrobats. Although there were many powerful insights for our students (especially grades 3-5 who study Mandarin), there are also vital life lessons to be gained in sharing 4-5 programs like this each year. Our students regularly host, take care of, and get to know other members of our community. We enjoyed the amazing athletic feats with our friends from Hibben Preschool, Montessori School of Mount Pleasant, Charleston Area Homeschool families, Meeting Street Academy, Windwood Farm Home & Family Services, The Palms of Mount Pleasant Senior Living Center, and community groups and the public! This year's other programs were The Plantation Singers, Walhalla Bavarian Dancers, Taiko Charleston, and a drum and dance troupe from Senegal. Looking forward to a great slate of performances for 2019-2020!
Thank you teachers and parents for another great International Night!
Between Egypt, Hungary, Thailand, Antarctica, and the others we've visited in our 7 years at MMP, we've pretty much been around the world.
Zach' parting words as we left Egypt... "I'm really sad this will be our last International Night..." As are we all... :-(
I have a great set of wooden cursive letters used at MMP in the primary room for sale! We are moving and cleaning out. Sadly our kids have outgrown them. Retailed for $60 on Amazon. Selling for $45. I can deliver them to you at school.

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10/01/2022

Winter Virtual Open House
January 26th at 1pm
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03/01/2022

Happy New Year, Ya'll!
(This photo was taken in December prior to our holiday break)

2022 isn't exactly jumping off in the right direction for us early childhood providers, but hang in there. THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS.
We are grateful for this amazing team of teachers and their commitment to the wellbeing of the young child and to all of our amazing families who continue to place their trust in us to provide.

Wishing you and yours health, peace, happiness and all the good things this planet and its people, plants, and animals provide. It's a beautiful world!

Happy New Year, Ya'll!
(This photo was taken in December prior to our holiday break)

2022 isn't exactly jumping off in the right direction for us early childhood providers, but hang in there. THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS.
We are grateful for this amazing team of teachers and their commitment to the wellbeing of the young child and to all of our amazing families who continue to place their trust in us to provide.

Wishing you and yours health, peace, happiness and all the good things this planet and its people, plants, and animals provide. It's a beautiful world!

Angeline Lillard on Montessori and play 06/12/2021

Angeline Lillard on Montessori and play

YES! We do play during our days in the Montessori classroom. Work vs. Play? You can have both! https://www.montessoripublic.org/2021/11/angeline-lillard-on-montessori-and-play/

Angeline Lillard on Montessori and play A new article by prominent Montessori researcher Angeline Lillard (Montessori as an alternative early childhood education, in Early Child Development and Care, 191:7-8) delves into the perennial “work versus play” controversy in Montessori early childhood education, and comes up with a framing t...

No more Elf on the Shelf, Georgia judge says in mock judicial order 10/11/2021

No more Elf on the Shelf, Georgia judge says in mock judicial order

This mock trial should be taken to heart! Parents, you have permission to ban the Elf on the Shelf in your own homes...

We first blogged our personal experiences with the Elf over a decade ago when we first started seeing the little guy make its holiday experience. Today in the classroom, we are already hearing whispers of its return. There's just not much we can do as early childhood educators to bridge learning in a meaningful way using the concept of an Elf on the Shelf.

No more Elf on the Shelf, Georgia judge says in mock judicial order banned the Elf on the Shelf.

27/10/2021

OPEN HOUSE (virtual) NEXT WEEK! for a "Lunch and Learn". If you are interested in 2022-2023 enrollment, please message us for details.

17/09/2021

Why wait on giving your child a smartphone?

There is a reason why top Silicon Valley executives are saying no to the smartphone until at least 14 for their children. In fact, there is a long list of reasons and parents need to know them.

SMARTPHONES ARE CHANGING CHILDHOOD
Childhood is changing for children. Playing outdoors, spending time with friends, reading books and hanging out with family is happening a lot less to make room for hours of snap chatting, instagramming, and catching up on You Tube. With children spending anywhere between 3 to 7 hours daily in front of a screen, many childhood essentials are pushed aside for online amusement.

SMARTPHONES ARE ADDICTIVE
New research shows dependence on your smartphone may produce some of the same addictive brain responses similar to alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. Smartphones are like slot machines in your children's pocket constantly persuading them to crave more. The tech industry intentionally designs smartphone apps and social media for people to use for long periods of time because this is how they make their money.

EXCESSIVE SCREEN USE IS ALTERING CHILDREN’S BRAINS
Initial results from a groundbreaking study by the National Institute of Health reveal that MRI's found significant differences in the brains of children who use smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day. Children who spent an excessive amount of time on screens were found to have a premature thinning of the cortex. That's the outermost layer of the brain that processes information from the five senses.

SMARTPHONES IMPAIR SLEEP
Studies show that the use of smartphones and other portable devices with screens affects the quantity and quality of sleep in children and teens. Adolescents are likely restless because they anticipate receiving texts and social media messages from friends, which affects their nighttime routine. Some children even wake up in the middle of the night to check texts or social media. Sleep disturbance in childhood is known to have adverse effects on health, including poor diet, obesity, weakened immune system, stunted growth, and mental health issues.

SMARTPHONES INTERFERE WITH RELATIONSHIPS
Many parents regret allowing their child to have a smartphone because they have experienced the way the smartphone is destructive to relationships. The parent child relationship suffers. Children are often inattentive with the constant distraction the phone brings. Face to face relationships dwindle as children shift their time and energy to investing in their online “friendships.”

SMARTPHONES INCREASE THE RISK FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Children are not emotionally equipped to navigate tricky social media waters at such an early age. Viewing someone else’s highlight reel on social media often leads youth to think they are missing out or are not enough compared with their peers. Research shows that the more time someone uses social media the more likely they are to be depressed. A Harvard Business Review showed the more you use Facebook the worse you feel. Another report demonstrated that adolescents’ psychological well-being decreased the more hours a week they spent on screens.

In addition, when children overuse technology, the constant stimulation of the brain causes the hormone cortisol to rise. Too much cortisol can inhibit a child from feeling calm. The loss of tranquility can lead to serious anxiety disorders.
Su***de rates are on the rise especially for girls between the ages of 10 and 14 years old. For this age group, su***de rates have tripled over the past 15 years.

SMARTPHONES PUT YOUR CHILD AT RISK FOR CYBER BULLYING
Bullying is no longer limited to the playground or locker room. Bullies seek to harm children through social media and texts often making retreat for the victim impossible. The most common medium used for cyber bullying is the phone. About one out of every four children has experienced cyber bullying, and about one out of every six children has done it to others. Only one in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse. Recent research indicates that children who receive smartphones in elementary school versus later in childhood are more likely to be involved in cyber bullying. According to the researchers, the increased risk of cyber bullying related to phone ownership could be tied to increased opportunity and vulnerability.

SMARTPHONES EXPOSE CHILDREN TO SEXUAL CONTENT
Smartphones have enabled children to view po*******hy anywhere. Po*******hy marketers intentionally target youth online to lure them to dangerous images and videos. One study showed that 42% of online youth users have been exposed to online po*******hy. Of those, 66% reported unwanted exposure to po*******hy often through online ads.

Not only are children viewing sexual content with their phones but they are creating it as well. More and more children are “sexting” (sending sexual text messages and or explicit images). Also, various apps open the doors to sexual predators seeking to track, groom and harm our children.

TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES BAN SMARTPHONES FOR THEIR CHILDREN
According to a New York Times piece, many technology executives wait until their child is 14 before they allow them to have a phone. While these teenagers can make calls and text, they are not given a data plan until 16. If leaders of digital giants like Google, eBay, Apple and Yahoo are delaying the smartphone then should this not give us pause? Executives that flourish on the success of technology are protecting their children from the smartphone. Should we not do the same?

Join more than 35,000 families in delaying the smartphone for children until at least 8th grade at www.waituntil8th.org. Right now, the average age a child gets smartphone is only 10. Let's reverse the trend!

Parents, you've got this! Delay! Delay! Delay! Sign the pledge at www.waituntil8th.org !

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How To Break Your Toddler's TV Habit - Janet Lansbury 08/08/2021

How To Break Your Toddler's TV Habit - Janet Lansbury

We truly see a difference in the way children learn and interact with each other at school if they are "on" TV/screens. Help your child get the most out of these formative years and kick the screen time. Here are some helpful suggestions on how from Janet Lansbury.

https://www.janetlansbury.com/2012/07/how-to-break-your-toddlers-tv-habit/?fbclid=IwAR1U9zJP378G-f5-JYU62MadJp8e2UGNyxAKYy7S27hhBlMR2Jluq3NDi44

How To Break Your Toddler's TV Habit - Janet Lansbury Hi Janet, I have got myself and my toddler into a bit of a bad habit. K. is now 27 months old, and on the whole pretty wonderful! (I could talk about him all day long!) But he really likes watching TV (which is my fault), and I totally know this is not good for … Continued

30/06/2021

"How'd you think to draw that?"; "How'd you think to create that?"; "How'd you think to use those materials together?"

Start to marvel at the workings of your child's mind. Be curious. Wonder about the "how" rather than praising the "what." Watch how they respond. It's magic.

There's nothing that feels so good as when someone around us expresses interest in us: in how we think about things, in how we came up with our ideas, in where we want to go next. Imagine your boss asking, "Wow, how'd you think to complete the project that way? Tell me more..." or your friend asking, "How'd you think to design your bedroom this way?"

When someone asks, "How'd you think to...," they are letting us know that they want to learn more about US. We stay center stage, we stay as the protagonist of the story as we explain, say, all the research we did on Pinterest to come up with our bedroom design or how many paint colors we actually considered or a story about always wanting to have a brighter bedroom but being nervous to and then feeling bold and creative and going for it.

When someone asks us a question that indicates interest in our process, we feel that we have that person's full attention, that there's nothing this person wants more in that moment than for us to expand and share more about ourselves. This builds connection, self-worth, self-confidence, and a self-belief that proclaims, "The things inside me are interesting... to myself and to other people.”

For more confidence building scripts and strategies, head to learning.goodinside.com and watch the preview of my Rethinking Confidence Workshop.

Try this question today with your child. Ask, "How'd you think to..." and come back here and tell us all what happens.

01/06/2021

Welcome back!
As you walk by the garden today, keep a look out for this little guy, the Eastern Glass Lizard. So thankful for all of the nature that surrounds us.

Welcome back!
As you walk by the garden today, keep a look out for this little guy, the Eastern Glass Lizard. So thankful for all of the nature that surrounds us.

Photos from Montessori School of Mount Pleasant's post 29/05/2021

When we return Tuesday, we will finally be all together again as intended by Dr. Maria Montessori within a blended 3-6 Primary Community. Great team effort getting our environment returned to a more normal- it looks beautiful!

Kindergarten Class of 2021 27/05/2021

Kindergarten Class of 2021

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Kindergarten Class of 2021 Congratulations to the Montessori of Mount Pleasant Kindergarten Class of 2021

Timeline Photos 24/04/2021

Timeline Photos

Build the foundation.

06/01/2021

“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

― Maria Montessori

“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

― Maria Montessori

05/01/2021

Seeking an enthusiastic and experienced EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER to join the dynamic, collaborative teaching team at Little Learners Lodge and Montessori of Mount Pleasant. Montessori and/or RIE certification preferred, but not necessary.

Enjoy a supportive faculty and parent community of like-minded educators focusing on infants through Kindergarten (enrollment less than 80). Our privately held center is directed by two Montessori certified and experienced teacher trainers.

Low ratios, weekly teacher meetings, monthly community meetings, continued professional training opportunities, assigned primary group of children and classroom, consistent hours. Currently children attend 7:45a-3:45a Monday-Friday.

Long term professional opportunity. Above average industry wages- salary based on experience and education. Please forward your resume to David Vigliotti at [email protected] or apply here.

Is RIE approach compatible with Montessori? - The Montessori Family 01/12/2020

Is RIE approach compatible with Montessori? - The Montessori Family

We are super proud of the fact that ALL of our teachers have completed Resources for Infant Educarers Foundations training and that two of our faculty members are authorized to facilitate RIE Foundations training for other early childcare providers.

Is RIE compatible with Montessori? Absolutely! Here are some of the reasons why...

Is RIE approach compatible with Montessori? - The Montessori Family RIE approach is also known as Pilker approach. It has been popularised by Magda Ge**er and Janet Lansbury but is it in line with Montessori?

I say No to the Montessori shelfie - The Montessori Family 28/10/2020

I say No to the Montessori shelfie - The Montessori Family

Remember Dr. Maria Montessori designed her environment to look like a home. Not the other way around...

I say No to the Montessori shelfie - The Montessori Family Why I say No to the Montessori shelfie, aka taking a picture for your Social Media of what is your Montessori shelf.

Timeline Photos 20/10/2020

Timeline Photos

This is my most widely shared post. And rightly so, it’s an important one. These are “prewriting patterns”, with the average (not prescribed) age at which children are developmentally ready to achieve these patterns listed below them in years and months. Being able to process visual information and produce a movement in response (e.g. copying these prewriting patterns or letter formations), is known as “visual motor integration”. ⠀

Note that an X is not typically achieved until 4 years 11 months, and a triangle at 5 years 3 months. If a child can’t form these basic shapes...then they probably won’t be able to form letters. ⠀

It is quite concerning then that there are 3 year 7 month olds starting formal schooling, where they’re expected to write. Not only are their visual motor integration skills not developed enough, their hands are also physically under-developed. In addition, recognising letters, understanding phonics and beginning to read are all needed in order for a child to write meaningfully, skills which children starting kindy typically don’t have. We also know that when a child learns something that doesn’t hold meaning, it‘s unlikely to stick. ⠀

So if you have a 3-4 year old who spontaneously asks or attempts to write letters, that’s great; otherwise, there is no need to initiate or worry about this. Unfortunately there is a misconception, particularly with the way that the current curriculum stands, that earlier is better. Earlier is not always better.⠀

Source: Beery Buktenica Test of Visual Motor Integration, 6th Edition


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14/10/2020

Beautiful fall days along the creek remind us how grateful we are to have this as the backdrop to our classroom and playground areas.

29/09/2020

A look back to our school community garden six years ago. That was then...

Mr. David going the extra mile as we prep the front area for the "Little Red Hen" Community Garden. Bring on the April showers!

25/08/2020

TEACHER APPRECIATE WEEK IN AUGUST- Yes, please!

When COVID shuts down your little school and changes our world forever...then we return and are together again...and then...parents remember that so many things got canceled or put on hold, including Teacher Appreciation Week.

Thank you to our amazing group of families who weathered the storm with us. You demonstrate exactly what it means to say WE ARE ALL CONNECTED and WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER.

We could not do it without you!

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Zoom'in some group time
Got some excited people for today’s Meet and Greet! See you soon.
Sometimes it just feels good to...
So many great memories under the Tipi. We are sad to say farewell, but the Garden Goodness has edged it out. Looking to ...
Learning in meaningful context...Practical life that is practical...Maximum effort....Cooperation and Collaboration...Th...
Ms. Megan introducing today's science lesson on molecules.
A little play during morning drop off
Welcome to our garden, little one- even you. We wish you well as you migrate through.
Playground Glockenspiel
Thank you, October, and all the opportunities to learn about the history and culture of the mighty Pumpkin.  Here's a pe...
Check out what happened when I went to work moving some playground rock today.
We have rocks!

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