Montessori Matters

January 8, 2018

The History of Montessori

Please enjoy a 6th grader's research perspective:

The Montessori Method is a way of teaching that allows kids to learn at their own pace. This unique method also teaches kids valuable life lessons like time management, independence and teamwork.

Maria Montessori was the founder of the Montessori method of teaching. She was born in Ancona, Italy and studied at the University of Rome. She also received a medical degree. Before 1907, she taught mentally disabled children. After that, she took charge of different nursery schools in a Rome slum area. During these experiences she developed unique ideas about teaching and worked on ways to use them in her classrooms. She later started traveling the globe, writing and lecturing about the new method of teaching that she had developed.

The first school that used the Montessori Method, was the one that Maria ran herself. Soon her school became very successful, and Montessori schools started popping up around Milan and Rome.

Montessori schools differ from public schools in many ways. First of all, public schools emphasize learning through reading, watching, and listening. That is why in public schools, the teacher stands at the front of the room and gives lectures while the kids listen and watch. For homework the kids read a chapter in their textbooks, then answer the questions that go with them. Meanwhile, the Montessori method emphasizes learning through all five senses. As a result, the teacher has interactive lessons with the kids as well as one-on-one lessons if the kid is struggling with a certain concept.

There are many things about Maria Montessori that many people do not know. For example, before Maria was born in Italy, women were not allowed to go to public school. They also weren’t allowed to vote. Worst of all, they were technically owned by their husband, dad, brother, or uncle. The year that Maria was born, Italy revised their laws to make women as privileged as men. When Maria graduated from medical school she was awarded with the title of the first female doctor in all of Italy. A little known fact about Maria, is that during her time in medical school she had to examine dead bodies to learn about human anatomy, and the smell was so bad that she would pay someone to smoke, just to cover up the smell. Montessori schools focus a lot on being kind and respectful, and Maria Montessori herself was known, in her school, for her kindness and generosity.

The Montessori Method, while it teaches kids at their own pace, also teaches children life lessons. Maria Montessori, the innovator of this method, was a unique and talented woman. Montessori has helped many kids gain their knowledge, confidence, and understanding with this unique way of learning. Maria was not afraid to be different, and that has helped many kids earn the education that they deserve, not just in Italy but all around the world.

Written by: Faith Vagnoni

Dates to Remember

Monday, Jan. 15 No School; Extended Day is available

Thursday, Jan. 25 6-8 PM Jonathan Wolff, Special Guest Speaker for Parent Education

Sunday, Jan. 28 1-4 PM Open House for Anderson community

Tuesday, Jan. 30 5:30 PM Moving Up Information Night for "riser" families (however all are welcome)

Saturday, March 10 Spring Benefit

SAVE THE DATE- Saturday, March 10, 2018

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High School Washington DC Field Trip

The high school students have traditionally embarked on a weekend trip at the end of first semester to celebrate the end of mid-terms and the coming holiday break. Previous excursions included visits to Atlanta and Charleston. This year, there was also interest in touring Washington, D.C. as an extension of the US History and American Government curriculums. So the decision was made to substitute the D.C. trip for the usual end-of-semester trip...and what a trip it turned out to be!

The trip was full of “firsts” for many of our students who had either never flown before, never been to D.C., never ridden a subway or never taken an Uber/taxi. We even had a new meteorological experience while there - graupel. It is sometimes called “soft hail” or “snow pellets” and is formed when supercooled water droplets collect and freeze on falling snowflakes. Who knew?

We also discovered that December is the perfect time to visit Washington, D.C.! We did not face the usual crowds that one would expect at the many museums and tourist attractions, so we were able to fit in visits to numerous historical sights and cultural activities. Here’s the list of sights/activities that we had the opportunity to experience:

● Arlington National Cemetery tour & the Changing of the Guards ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

● Night-time bus tour of the national monuments

● U. S. Capitol tour

● United States Supreme Court tour

● Holocaust museum

● Kennedy Center for performance of Handel’s Messiah

● National Archives (Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution)

● Old Post Office and Clock Tower

● Ford’s Theater for performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

● Smithsonian Natural History museum

● Smithsonian American History museum

● National Gallery of Art

● Smithsonian Air and Space museum

● Ice skating at Sculpture Garden

● National Zoo

● U.S. Botanic Garden.

With all that we did, there is so much more to do and see in D.C. The five-day trip was packed from morning till night and left little time for holiday shopping like past end-of-semester trips, but the students went home with something much more valuable - a collection of memorable experiences to share!

Written by Dr. Dana Hill

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Jonathan Wolff Visits

Who is Jonathan Wolff and why is his visit important? Below is a brief bio but this is a wonderful opportunity for MSA. Expect more in following days, But set aside the evening of January 25th from 6 - 8 pm for an enlightening and fun experience.

"Jonathan is a consultant, trainer, speaker and author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator and administrator. Jonathan’s incisive ability to apply Dr. Montessori’s educational constructs to training adults led him to positions as a teacher trainer, as the director of education and training for various education and business organizations, and as the administrator for several nationally recognized schools. Thirty years in the field have provided him with solid first-hand experience in leading and managing rapidly growing for-profit and not-for-profit schools, education institutions and business organizations.

Today, the primary focus of his consulting practice is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in demand by organizations around the world"

Nurse's Notes

Warm Winter Wear---Please be sure that your student(s) have warm winter wear available to use on campus. South Carolina weather is unpredictable and we want to encourage out door play and exercise as much as possible. Included in the appropriate clothing list is gloves, hats, closed toe shoes and coats. This recommendation is applicable to all students Infants thru High School.


Flu season is upon us in South Carolina. Just a reminder MSA policy states that all students must be vomiting free, diarrhea free and fever free (without medication) for a 24 hour period prior to returning to school. Please call the front office and notify us if your student is absent due to illness so we can track and contain illness as much as possible.


Please do not block the driveway or entrances to the classrooms/office during pickup and drop off times.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Nurse Merriman

Spring Athletic Offerings


Students in 6th-12th grade are eligible to participate in SCISA track and field. Practice will start the end of January and meets will start the end of February and run through April.

Montessori Soccer Teams

We would like to field MSA soccer teams to enter into the YMCA league if we have enough students wanting to participate. If your child would like to play spring soccer and is between the ages of 4 & 11 please let me know their interest by Tuesday, January 9th.

Please e-mail Jenna Patch - for more details or to get your child signed up.

Montessori School of Anderson

Our mission is to nurture the whole child, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, preparing students for academic excellence, lifelong learning and responsible, caring lives.
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