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Stay Just A Little Bit Longer

We know the options some of you are weighing this time of year.  You hear the Siren’s call of public school or you want an option that’s more convenient and requires less driving time.  And the hardest for us to hear is that you want to stay, but you are worried about transition.  If you have to go eventually, you think you might as well go now.  While all of these reasons have their logic, we hope you will consider why you chose MSH in the first place.

Montessori education fosters a love of learning.  Our students are presented with a myriad of lesson options everyday, and they can experience new concepts through all of their senses.  Teachers guide students through learning instead of marching them through a curriculum at a pre-determined pace that may be too fast or too slow for a student’s specific needs.  Lessons here are individualized, and your child is able to realize his/her full potential.

Our program educates your whole child.  While math and reading are at the heart of our learning, our students also are learning how to resolve conflicts, tend a garden, care for a pet, console a friend, understanding where his or her food comes from, managing a grocery budget and so many other lessons that prepare your child for life, not just a multitude of mandated standardized test.

We hope you choose to stay with Montessori because when you look at current trends in education, the latest research really is not all new.  Brain-based learning, the maker movement, inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, motivation theory, the importance of movement, green education, and the list goes on, is inherent in Dr. Maria Montessori’s work.  The common core curriculum does not strike fear in the heart of Montessori teachers because they have been teaching children to look at problems from different perspectives for more than one hundred years.

However, the main reason we think you should stay with MSH just a little bit longer is because we work everyday to ensure that your child becomes a capable, confident, compassionate and creative thinker.  All the teachers and staff are here because they believe so deeply in the need to nurture future leaders of the world.  It is no longer enough to learn for the sake of knowledge.  We are here to teach children to create, reason, problem-solve and most of all, lead.  We hope you will decide in the weeks to come that you would like to stay on the journey with us…just a little bit longer.

 

 

February 6, 2015 10:23 pm  |   Category: ,   |   Comments Off

Parent Observation Month- Toddler 1 Ms. Becky and Ms. Lacey

February is Parent Observation Month here at MSH.  Our toddler parents will be observing through the videos the teachers have recorded, while parents at other levels will be observing by sitting in the classrooms.  While observing try asking yourself these questions:

                     How do the children relate and communicate with each other and the teachers?
                    What kind of mood do you feel the classroom has?
                    Would you enjoy being a child in this classroom?
Take notes while you are observing.  Write down any questions, concerns, or comments you may have on the paper provided by your child’s teacher.  When you’re done observing stop by the office and have a copy of your notes made.  The office staff will give the copy to your child’s teacher.  You may take the other home with you.  Having a copy of your notes is a great tool for your child’s teacher to reference to while preparing for spring conferences.
We would also like to encourage our toddler parents to observe some of the primary classes in preparation for the next school year.  All sign up sheets for observation times are posted outside of the classroom doors.  We love sharing our classrooms with you and look forward to reading your comments.
Becky and Lacey
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January 30, 2015 7:59 pm  |   Category: ,   |   Comments Off

The Journey All Parents Should Take

We all want what is best for our children.  We work hard to prepare them for a successful future by providing the best education possible.  The environment we inhabit is dynamic, and learning to learn is the most valuable skill we can give our kids to ensure their future success.

At MSH, we believe that the very best method for teaching children is one that began 107 years ago.  The Montessori curriculum followed here at MSH is comprehensive, individualized and delivered in a beautiful, organized way.  The materials and methods are incredibly specific, and the training required by our teachers to implement these methods and materials is very detailed.

However, you don’t have to take our word for it.  You can experience it for yourself and you should.  When you hear about the pink tower, stamp game, or checkerboard you should know the myriad of skills that align to each material. When your 3 year old comes home with red and blue letters on his arm, you can understand why they are presented in a particular order.  When your daughter mentions that she held the peace rose today, you will know how this item is used on a regular basis for resolving conflict and teaching self-advocacy.

On January 24 from 8am-12pm, we hope you will join us to experience your child’s school day firsthand, by participating in the Montessori Journey. Our teachers will guide you through the highlights of the curriculum and answer your questions about our materials and our methods. Get answers to all your questions and learn so much more about the Montessori Method by experiencing it for yourself. It’s a journey every parent needs to take.

 

January 13, 2015 6:24 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Alabama Accountability Act

Dear MSH Families,
You may have heard that MSH is a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) and can receive donations to fund school tuition for eligible students zoned for failing schools in our community. The Alabama Accountability Act allows taxpayers to donate a portion of their Alabama state income taxes to qualified SGOs so that economically disadvantaged children and those zoned for failing schools can have an opportunity to receive a quality education to prepare them for a life of success and empowerment. As parents and families invested and steeped in Maria Montessori’s philosophy, you understand that not all children can reach their full potential in the same environment. You may recall that Maria Montessori herself first pioneered her philosophy and method working with economically disadvantaged children in the slums of Rome in 1907. She understood then that in the right environment, all children could surpass the challenges they face whether from poverty or limited physical or mental capacity. The Alabama Accountability Act gives eligible parents and students a choice when it comes to education. Alabama is now one of 16 states in addition to the District of Columbia to offer a school choice program.

If you have questions regarding the Alabama Accountability Act, you can visit the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website.

If you are interested in reserving a portion of your Alabama state income taxes as donation to a qualifying SGO, please see the information below.

Individuals and corporations may receive an Alabama income tax credit equal to 100% of their donation, up to 50% of their tax liability. Corporate donations made by pass-through entities or by financial institutions or insurance companies do not qualify. The cap on individual and corporate donations combined is 25 million annually.

Reserving Tax Credits by Indicating Donations to Scholarship Granting Organizations

  • Reserving a tax credit requires the use of the Department’s online portal for taxpayers, My Alabama Taxes. Taxpayers who have not previously set up an account will need to Sign Up for My Alabama Taxes.

When signing up for MAT, individual taxpayers will need to select Individual Income Tax as their account type and then enter their Social Security number along with their Adjusted Gross Income from the prior year’s tax return in order to set up a My Alabama Taxes account.
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Taxpayers may use their existing My Alabama Taxes Account to reserve a portion of the available tax credit.

  • Once logged into MAT, a taxpayer will need to select SGO Donation from the menu on the left margin of the page and follow a short series of instructions/steps to record their donation and reserve their portion of the credit.
  • Individual taxpayers needing assistance with signing up for My Alabama Taxes Account or with reserving a tax credit may call (334) 242-1099 or (334) 353-9770.
  • Corporate taxpayers needing assistance with signing up for My Alabama Taxes Account or with reserving a tax credit may call (334) 242-1200.
December 15, 2014 6:54 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Are We Meeting Our Mission?

Are we meeting our mission?

As a parent you make up the Montessori Society of Huntsville.  By choosing MSH, you asserted that you value education and want the very best, most authentic learning experience for your child.  Whether your initial tour was with Tinsley, Jennifer, Adriane or me we hope that we expressed our MSH mission clearly.  You can find this mission in the parent handbook, on our website or hanging in every classroom.  We are grateful that you have chosen to join us on this mission.

The Montessori School of Huntsville educates children to prepare them for a life of purpose, integrity, and academic accomplishment.  We develop independent learners, critical thinkers and tomorrow’s leaders.

While this is a challenging mission, it is the imperative by which we make our decisions everyday.  We want the curriculum your child learns to be Montessori in nature, but not antiquated.  By incorporating brain gym, providing extracurricular activities like Soccer Shots and Engineering Club, and by utilizing web based (STAR) assessment, we are informing our practice with cutting edge educational research that addresses the needs of students of the current generation.

We encourage each child by maintaining our commitment to providing individualized lessons and meeting each child where he or she is developmentally, recognizing when they are sensitive not only to academic lessons, but also to social and emotional learning opportunities.  Our teachers are teaching your child, not subjects or age levels.

We want to reach out to you and need you involved from the most basic level of washing cot sheets all the way to taking on the mantle of board leadership.  You will often hear me say, “if you see something that needs doing, most likely you are the best person for the job!”  In every day, we hope you will experience us reaching out to you to know your child better and provide him/her the best possible education.  Our relationship with one another is vital to your child’s growth.  Your participation is vital to the school’s success.

Every day we want your child to experience art, music, movement, their own language and other languages.  While we may offer a structured lesson only once or twice a week, we are constantly working to learn new ways to inject those opportunities into the prepared environment, through independent follow-up work and by making your aware of community offerings.

To accomplish our mission we observe not only the students, but each other so that we can reflect and improve our practice.  We take our responsibility of preparing future leaders very seriously.  This week we will reach out to you with a satisfaction survey and we look forward to receiving your input on our success in this mission.

And always we want to embody the teaching of Dr. Montessori and faithfully execute our duties to our students while educating families and the communities about the benefits of a Montessori education.  You support our mission by participating fully in society meetings, parent education opportunities and by sharing your experience with friends, families and colleagues so that other children can benefit from our MSH mission.  As always, we are immensely grateful for your support in our mission.

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November 18, 2014 4:54 pm  |   Category: ,   |   Comments Off