|October 21 2014||RMS Students are preparing for their trip to China!||
From November 14-23, 2014, six 7th and 8th grade students will travel to China to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference. The MMUN began in 2006 and was founded by a Montessori guide named Judith Cunningham. Our students will be representing the country of Belgium at the conference. Read more...
|October 15 2014||Why Your Child MUST Stay for Kindergarten! By Paul Epstein, Ph.D.||
When children grow and learn in Montessori, we see natural cycles. These occur in groups of six years: birth to age six; six to twelve; and twelve to eighteen. In observance of these cycles, the kindergarten year is NOT a beginning. Contrary to the design of traditional education, children during their kindergarten year experience tremendous cognitive integration. They become remarkably self-reliant. The kindergarten year is, in other words, a year of celebration. It is, after all, the completion of the first half of childhood. Your children naturally integrate, build upon, and benefit from those earlier experiences and lessons. Read more...
|October 13 2014||Montessori Matters is now a blog!||
Welcome to the Montessori Matters blog, a newly transformed version of the Montessori Matters newsletter. We’re thrilled to use this new blog to keep you informed about what’s happening at RMS. The blog will also showcase the children's learning and thinking experiences as well as highlight important principles of our Montessori/IB education. We’ll post a new blog entry twice a week, so look for a link on your Facebook or Twitter feed announcing the post.
|September 17 2014||Counting Up to 50 - By Paul Epstein, Ph.D.||
We are larger school this year with 201 children, using every inch of our building and 15 acre campus to educate toddlers through eighth grade. So, who are we? We are proud to be a Montessori school and an authorized International Baccalaureate school for the Middle Years Program, grades six through eight. We are a diverse learning community with families coming from over 25 countries. We are celebrating our 47th year, and we are counting up to our 50th. Read more...
|June 10 2014||The Scientific Method - In Children’s House! By Mark Seifert||
At the children's house level, the scientific method is a way to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments. I describe this in five steps. These are ask a question, construct a hypothesis, test the hypothesis by doing an experiment, analyze the data, and draw a conclusion. It is also important that our experiments include a fair test. A "fair test" occurs when you change only one factor (variable) and keep all other conditions the same. Read more...
|May 15 2014||Science and a One Room Schoolhouse by Laura R. and Sarah B.||
Montessori stated, "The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." Throughout the year in E2 we focus on the STEM subject areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Read more...
|April 18 2014||Montessori Model UN Trip to New York City||
The 6th years returned from the Montessori Model United Nations in New York City on Sunday afternoon. They were exhausted from the six-day adventure, but excited to get back to RMS and share their experiences with the rest of the E2 classroom. They joined 750 other Montessori children from counties around the world including Mexico, Nigeria, Canada, China, and the Virgin Islands. Read more...
|March 31 2014||RMS MUSIC LIFE! By Janine, Music Guide||
Music is alive and well at RMS! In music classes for kindergarten through 4th grade we have been singing, playing instruments, creating pieces, learning about instrument families and musicians, and discussing ideas for the Talent Show. Fifth and sixth graders have been studying and writing the blues, and middle school students recently completed a unit on 12-tone music and attended a professional production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Read more...
|March 19 2014||Remarkably, pouring then reading! By Paul Epstein, Head of School||
Pouring activities are part of the Practical Life curriculum found in our Toddler and Children’s House programs. Remarkably, these activities prepare children for mathematics, writing and reading. How does this happen?
It begins with enjoyment, and children enjoy the Practical Life works. They are fun, interesting, engaging, challenging, and satisfying. The child is captivated by the works; the child wants to explore and find out. These are essential “habits of mind” for all later thinking and learning. Read more...
|February 28 2014||Maria Montessori Week by Paul Epstein, Head of School||
This is Montessori Education Week, and we celebrate from February 23 through March 1. This will mark the 107th year of Montessori education. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was one of the first women in Italy to become a medical doctor. She initially worked with children with cognitive impairments. She developed educational materials for them, and many passed required examinations. After several years of teaching and studying at the University of Rome, Montessori opened a childcare center in San Lorenzo, a housing quarter near Rome. Conditions there were appalling – untreated disease, over 90% unemployment, rampant crime. In 1906 Montessori was asked to open the center to stop children from vandalizing. On January 6, 1907, nearly 60 children came to the world’s first Children’s House. Three months later an event took place which changed the lives of those children and Montessori’s too. Read more...
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Rochester Montessori School’s Middle Years Program for grades six through eight blends Montessori pedagogy with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. This program takes place across several levels - Elementary 2 for grade six and Middle School for grades seven - eight. These grades take place as an academic community of classmates engaged in a program of rigorous academic study. Read more...