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Diversity in your library

May 24, 2018 1:56 pm Published by
A few months ago I was able to attend the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) conference. I have always been eager to learn and the theme of this particular conference made me even more excited to attend. “Embracing Diversity” was the theme and since I have recently been implementing a cultural diversity and peace… Learn More

Administrative Conference

December 21, 2017 2:26 pm Published by
A few weekends ago Quinn, our Head of School, and I were able to attend a conference for Montessori administrators which brought together not only people from the United States but also the world.  Large group presentations covered general topics such as techniques on how to improve communication, hiring procedures, and teacher-evaluation methods.  Based on… Learn More

Get Up and Go Social!

October 10, 2017 2:02 pm Published by
Being at a new school can be very scary for a child. You don’t know who your teachers are; you’re not sure with whom to be friends; you don’t know the routine of the classroom. Now add to that the concept of joining a Montessori classroom full of a plethora of materials that you may… Learn More

Keeping organized, well trying to at least….

August 31, 2017 2:21 pm Published by
I love, love, love teaching and making new materials to help meet the needs of my students. What I don’t love, love, love is trying to keep all these materials organized and safe. So I hope that this entry will help other teachers like me who need some help with the organizational side of teaching.… Learn More

Spring Parent Night

April 11, 2017 9:53 am Published by
This week our school had one of our two annual parent nights. This one is my personal favorite because the students are invited to come and show their parents around the classroom. It is always so much fun to get to see what the students want to share. My assistant and I were both laughing… Learn More

Santa Claus?

January 31, 2017 1:46 pm Published by
As the holiday season is in full swing here at All Day Montessori and it really has gotten me thinking about Santa. Now I should say that I was raised in a Jewish household and Santa was never a conversation that we had to have. From a very young age I remember knowing that Santa… Learn More

20 years and counting

May 10, 2016 2:13 pm Published by
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Paula and Richard Bukacek, you are surely missing out. Not only are they one of the most loving couples I have ever met, but they are also the ones who first opened the doors of All Day Montessori in 1995.  When I first met… Learn More

Why praise doesn’t pay off

March 11, 2016 1:51 pm Published by
As a Montessorian I always am amazed to see how my students are always seeking my approval. Whether it is a drawing or work in the classroom, I will be asked, “Do you think I did a good job?”  It is really sad that they do not have the confidence in themselves to know that… Learn More

Why Stay?

February 16, 2016 2:52 pm Published by
As I am sure all of you know it is that time of year for open houses and big choices. One of the biggest ones being where you will be sending your child for Kindergarten. As a Montessori teacher I have been taught the importance of keeping your child for the three year cycle and… Learn More

Lending a hand

January 22, 2016 8:09 pm Published by
There are always moments in my day that I am beyond amazed at the things my students do. Just the other day a student of mine sat next to me and read a book that a week ago was “too tricky”. But this time I am amazed by them in a whole new way. I… Learn More