Language Material Making

this blog post available in Spanish here

Primary students (learn more about Primary here) submitted, displayed, shared, and ogled their handmade Language Material Making assignments today.  They each created a Phonetic Object Box, a set of basic vocabulary cards basic enough for any child new to the Casa, and a complete set of cards and definitions designed for the older children in the group. Their work shone with care, thoughtfulness, individuality and love.  It fills us with joy that these are the teachers of tomorrow.

We thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures!

Posted on January 31, 2014 .

The Learning to Leading Fund

Montessori Northwest is pleased to launch

The Learning to Leading Fund

The Learning to Leading Fund offers tuition assistance to teachers in training at Montessori Northwest.  This fund will prioritize applicants who intend to work in tuition-free Montessori programs.  By offering financial assistance to these teachers, this fund will help provide highly qualified teachers to the Montessori programs that are actively serving communities in need.


Montessori Northwest currently trains more than 100 teachers per year in one of the following three course levels:

Financial aid for Montessori teachers in training is limited and the training is not currently accessible to all students.  Your contribution to the Learning to Leading Fund will support up to 15 teachers annually in completing a teacher education program at Montessori Northwest. 

Montessori Northwest has received a generous matching donation of $25,000 per year for three years to launch this fund.  All contributions up to this amount will be matched dollar-to-dollar. 

Join us in supporting these teachers in training.  They are our future leaders - working to make quality education available to all children. 

More information about how you can contribute to this exciting fund, as well as how to access the support, will be announced soon. In the interim, please make sure you are enrolled in our online newsletter so you will receive the most up-to-date information. Enroll HERE.

Posted on January 24, 2014 .

Free Workshop for Hosts

Supporting the Emergent Reader:
From Learning to Read to Reading to Learn

In appreciation, Montessori Northwest is offering a free workshop open to Guides and Administrators who offered to host our students for Observation and Practice Teaching.


It is well documented that children typically develop their reading skills between the ages of 4 and 8. Reading bridges both Primary and Elementary, and Montessori educators meet children where they are. The goal of “Total Reading” – reading comprehension, appreciation of style, and understanding of emotional content is both an achievement and a launching point for children in the first and second planes.

Guides and Administrators who offered to host our students for Observation and Practice Teaching are invited to join us as we explore playful and rich supports to Total Reading that will give every child the foundation for a lifetime of literacy.

Wednesday, January 15th
Social time begins at 5:30PM
Workshop from 6 - 7:30PM
Montessori NW: (map)

**RSVP by January 10th**


"It is all a help to the child’s personality to reach this appreciation: it is imperative to give the child this preparation at the beginning of his study of language. It is not something which you give at the end – something artificial to train him as an actor or orator. We must help him to grow into something really beautiful. We as educators can give this help...”

Mario Montessori’s 1946 London Training Course

Posted on January 8, 2014 and filed under Elementary, Primary, From MNW Staff.