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These are a few of the most-read blog posts from the last 6 months.  Which one do you find the most helpful?


Crying During Drop-Off: 

Does your child cry during drop-off?  This transition time can be difficult for young students as they say “goodbye” to their parents for a day of work.  Should you worry? (No.  It’s such a normal behavior for a child! But will you worry? Yes.  You’re a parent, of course  you will!)  Here’s what those tears look like “from the inside.” 


Mrs. Carrillo and some of the “founding” students in her classroom.

A Teacher’s Scientific Observation of the Classroom:

Mrs. Carrillo’s posts are always a beautiful commentary about her classroom and the Montessori philosophy.  Here, she combines her training, Dr. Montessori’s ideas about the role of a teacher, and her own words to give a glimpse into the minds of our teachers during a typical school day.  Click here to read her article, “A Teacher’s Scientific Observation of the Classroom.” 


What to Say Instead of “Good Job.” 

Caregivers respond with “good job” so often that the phrase loses its power and meaning.  Instead of communicating feedback of a job truly well done, it becomes an acknowledgement of simply, “Yup.  I see that.” It’s a generalized response with little substance or information.  And we say it constantly.  But what can we say instead to provide positive feedback and help our children gain confidence in their work? 


Bianca (at the time a WMS 5th grader), learning about water clarity and turbidity, temperature, current, and erosion, at the base of a waterfall in Olympic National Park.

Why Stay for Elementary? Fueling Curiosity about the Real World – in the Real World. 

Many families that tour with us are only ready to tackle the preschool decision.  Where should their children begin? But as those early years speed by, these parents will need to start thinking about what’s next.  We’ve noticed that over time, the older a student is, the harder it can be for a family to go against tradition or community practices.  Each families’ needs and educational goals are different.  Here’s what a current WMS family had to say about their decision to stay for Elementary, despite the fantastic reputation of our local public school district.   


Is Your Child Ready for School?  Could Your Child Be Ready, But You Aren’t? 

It can be so difficult for parents to see their children growing up, being more independent, and ready for experiences that don’t directly involve their parents.  Reading that sentence, were you thinking about high-school or college-age students?  We actually mean preschoolers!  Here’s a good way to tell if your child is developmentally and socially ready for school, even if you’re not quite there yet.