Observations and Discoveries

Chapter 19: Observations and Discoveries In this installation of our monthly blog, we reach the stage of The Secret of Childhood where Dr. Montessori details the creation of her educational method. As you’ll see this developed through a series…
Online Classes: COMS rises to challenge

Online Classes: COMS rises to challenge

School in the time of coronavirus has become a topic of major discussion- and for good reason! Online classes, in-person school, hybrid models, and even terms such as "micro school" are circulating the media. It can be difficult to know which…

Part 2: Education of the Child

We have finally reached part 2. At this point in the book it feels like we are really reaching the “good stuff”. After many chapters outlining the way a child’s mind works, we are now at the section where Dr. Montessori talks about her…
Movement both grows and expresses the child's intelligence of love.

June Blog: The Intelligence of Love

It has been a few months since I last wrote a blog. Not only were we coming to the end of Part 1 in “The Secret of Childhood”, but you may have noticed a couple large events that took place since February. I am happy to announce that Council…

Early Education and Lifelong Learning

A Developing Brain Our brains change quickly during early childhood. According to this article from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, “in the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are…
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Cultivate Community

In our transition to remote schooling, Council Oak is maintaining its focus on community. Not only does this help to keep us feeling good, but it also increases intrinsic motivation for schoolwork. Learning becomes more rewarding when you are…
Council Oak Childrens House

Practical Life Aids the Mathematical Mind

Practical Life Aids the Mathematical Mind I am a mom of 2 children, and a Montessori Guide from Council Oak Montessori School. Since completing my AMI Montessori training in 2009, I have been teaching for close to a decade in the 3-6 year old…
Council Oak Group Meeting

Council Oak Montessori School is taking big steps to shorten the gap between home and school.

At 8:30 AM on March 30th, 2020 Council Oak Montessori School returned to their classrooms - virtually. Once the decision to close school due to COVID-19 concerns was made, and shortly thereafter mandated by the Governor of Illinois, Council…
Middle School students in a game of chess

How Montessori Prepares Students to Adapt

Introduction For this month’s blog I will take a break from The Secret of Childhood. For one, we have covered all, but the final 2 chapters of Part 1, marking a natural stopping point. However, the main reason for the shift is to write something…
Kurt Shelby, Council Oak Alumnus talks about transitioning from Montessori

Montessori for Life: with Kurt Shelby

COMS Alumnus, Kurt Shelby talks about his transition from Montessori to traditional schooling and his career in music. After reading about Kurt's experience transitioning from Montessori, enjoy listening to this recent release from his group…