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Posted in: Early Childhood

Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: Thanksgiving Edition!

All of the food and snack prep that the children have been doing came in handy for cooking and baking for our annual Thanksgiving feast. Imagine all the students helping measure out ingredients, mix batter, and chop vegetables just like you would in your home kitchen. Our classrooms smelled absolutely heavenly! Here is a recipe […]

Posted on November 29, 2018 in

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Steering the Explorers’ Ship

Explorers is our optional afternoon program for our four-year-old students. After learning in the mixed-age setting of our traditional Montessori primary classes with our Montessori-certified teachers, they’re introduced to a setting that’s a natural extension of the Montessori classroom. The children practice grace and courtesy particularly at lunch; they enjoy story time; engage in group […]

Posted on October 31, 2018 in

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All About Black Rock Forest

One of the major highlights of kindergarten is boarding the yellow school bus to visit Black Rock Forest (BRF), a nature preserve in Cornwall, NY that students have been hearing about from older peers throughout their previous years at MMS. BRF is run by a consortium of schools, universities, and scientific and cultural institutions. The […]

Posted on October 29, 2018 in

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From the Kitchen: Making Apple Sauce

 Fall is in the air and apples abound! Children are thrilled to be making their own apple sauce using roasted apples (sometimes pears) with a masher then topping off with grated cinnamon. Along with their favorite cheddar cheese cubing work, this new food preparation work is not only delicious but a bit more challenging […]

Posted on October 29, 2018 in

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A Book for Every Holiday

Okay, well maybe not every holiday! But as the season of celebrations approaches, MMS Librarian Ms. Mbaye has curated a list of books (skewed toward younger readers) about various holidays. If your child is curious about the holiday they celebrate–or perhaps one they’ve heard about–you can check out any of these books at the MMS library. […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in

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Our New Buddy School in Kenya

 This summer, our art teacher Madame Garnier and Upper Elementary teacher Mr. Preston spent time at the Sere Olipi Primary School in the Samburu District 200 miles north of Nairobi. Their visit was coordinated through The Thorn Tree Project, which helps create bonds between U.S. schools and Kenyan schools. Mr. Preston first encountered this […]

Posted on October 18, 2018 in

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Meet Ms. Singh and Ms. Vitus, Room D’s New Teachers

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. The newest teachers in Room D, joining Ms. Gamarra (now that Ms. Leithauser is on maternity leave), are Ms. Singh and Ms Vitus. We asked them a few questions to get to know her better. Ms. Singh What drew you to the Montessori […]

Posted on September 28, 2018 in

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From the Kitchen: Learning Motor Skills in Food Prep

This month, Primary students will be busy choppers with our food prep work! Children are gaining skills useful in the kitchen by cubing cheese and slicing melon. We love this tool for young children to begin cutting in a safe and successful way. Pro tip: if your child is attempting to cut something round, for […]

Posted on September 21, 2018 in

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Ms. Cruz and Ms. Gamarra: Learn How this Dream Team Leads the Early Childhood Division

With the kickoff of another school year, we want to reintroduce Karina Cruz and Magaly Gamarra, co-directors of Early Childhood Education (ECE) at MMS. They possess nearly 20 years combined at our school, mostly as classroom teachers. Ms. Gamarra is still one of Room D’s teachers, and Ms. Cruz formed part of the Room C […]

Posted on September 14, 2018 in

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Meet Ms. Hopson, Room A’s New Teacher

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. The newest teacher in Room A, joining Ms. McFarlane, is Ms. Hopson. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. What drew you to the Montessori philosophy? I was an au pair for a year in France, where […]

Posted on September 6, 2018 in

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