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Entries by Lila

How Montessori Sparks Children’s Creativity and Learning

Every education system is designed to facilitate learning. However, Montessori stands out in its pursuit of inspiration, giving children the skills and passion necessary for deep learning. Students go beyond typical memorization to develop the strengths they will use to creatively investigate their environments throughout their lives. The World as Background Of course, children in […]

How Students Benefit From Maria Montessori’s Teachings

Parents have many questions when it comes to Montessori schools: What makes an educational reformer from early 20th-century Italy relevant here and now? Why have Maria Montessori’s teachings spread throughout the world and benefited so many students? To answer these questions, we need to ask a few others. Who was Maria Montessori? What were the […]

Learning Empathy in the Montessori Classroom

A respect for empathy lies at the heart of the Montessori classroom. It all started more than 100 years ago in Rome with Maria Montessori’s inclusive and innovative approach to education. Her principles have been developed over the history of the teaching method, but the core idea is still the same: The understanding of others’ […]

Pre School vs. Montessori: The Best School for Your Toddler

Montessori primary education is about setting a strong foundation. It’s a hands-on application of a simple idea: What students do in the pre-school and kindergarten years will set the tone for their entire academic career and beyond. We hope your child can join other excited, motivated learners to explore this important transition in their intellectual […]

How Parents Can Ensure a Successful Transition to Montessori Elementary

Montessori schooling is a brilliant investment in your child’s well-being and future. With a great approach to nurturing and educating children, Montessori schooling is a favorite amongst new parents. At the age of 6, your child is most likely going to begin Montessori Elementary. Bright-eyed, eager and with their backpack on, your child may be […]

What is Montessori?

Montessori schools are child-centered educational institutions providing a holistic approach to education for age groups up to 14 years old. This time-tested ‘alternative’ approach to education helps develop children’s cognitive abilities and molds children into self-reliant and productive individuals. With an environment centered on children’s well-being, the Montessori schooling system promises enriching education and academics. […]

Meet Trailblazer Lila Jokanovic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lila Jokanovic. Lila, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. One afternoon, while sitting in the Early Childhood section of a local library – mainly because it was basically empty and therefore had seating […]

Council Oak Montessori School educates the whole child

Council Oak Montessori School (COMS) has wrapped up its first full year in its new building in Blue Island, and what a year it has been! Last fall, COMS staff welcomed 50 students and their families to a beautifully prepared Montessori environment—the school’s facility not only enjoys a close proximity to the Cal-Sag Channel and […]

Council Oak grows in new garden location

Council Oak, now located at 2521 Grove St., is partnering with Joe O’Meara, a chef who has worked under world-renowned Chef Rick Bayless, to introduce a farm-to-table program at the school in which O’Meara’s Blue Island Organic Sustainable (BIOS) Farm project will provide food and help students grow their own. Read Full Article

Cosmic Task

Before I had even heard of Montessori Education, before I ever even knew I had it in me to work with young children, let alone head a Montessori school, I picked up a book on early childhood development on a whim. It was by Maria Montessori, and in it she discussed the prepared environment and […]