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Online Newsletter Issue No. 6
Back to School 2011
Message from the CMS President... 


As summer winds down, and the start of a new school year quickly approaches, I hope that you, my fellow Montessorians, have enjoyed a renewal over the summer months.  Teaching and parenting are vocations that require energy, dedication, commitment and love.  Other than finding the time to renew your spirit through hiking, napping, alone time or pampering yourself...a good resource to assist you in feeling a bit more energized is one of my favorite Montessori books,  "The Tao of Montessori: Reflections on Compassionate Teaching" by Catherine McTamaney.


If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy.  Keep it at your desk or bedside table.  Each day, when you have a moment, flip to any page and read the passage.  I guarantee that you will find it meaningful and relevant in some way. 


Each reflection begins with a quote from The Tao, and ends with a quote from Maria Montessori.  Today I flipped to reflection 53. This short reflection gives us pause to consider how impatient we can often be as teachers and parents.  We want everything to happen today, and now.  But, as McTamaney states, "if you carve marble with a jackhammer, it shatters."  Certainly, the growth and development of our children, our most precious resource for the future, deserves a delicate and thoughtful touch. 


Montessori says, at the end of this reflection:  "Our intervention in this marvelous process is indirect; we are here to offer this life, which came into the world by itself, the means necessary for its development, and having done that we must await this development with respect."


My hope for each one of you is that you will begin this new school year with a willingness to be kind and caring to yourself and the children you serve and love; that you will respect that learning is a process that takes time and that the process is different for each person.  


Relish each moment and have faith in the complexity of the educational process you have chosen and love.


Have a wonderful year!




Julia Preziosi

CMS President


Save the Date for CMS Conference 

Save the date for our annual spring conference-


Saturday, March 24th, 2012


featuring Stephen J. Hughes, Ph.d


Steven J. Hughes, PhD, LP, ABPdN is an assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and maintains a private practice where he specializes in assessment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other learning and behavioral problems in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Dr. Hughes completed his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota and his post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he joined the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Clinical Neurosciences in 2001.


In his clinical work, he has specialized in neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with a wide range of learning, developmental, and medical disorders, and assisted in the supervision and training of future neuropsychologists. Himself a Montessori parent, Dr. Hughes has helped many families from the Twin Cities Montessori community understand their child's special educational or developmental needs. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota and a Montessori schools around Minnesota and Wisconsin.


His research interests include measurement of attention and executive functioning in children and adults, the effects of living in poverty on child development, and the neurodevelopmental benefits of classical Montessori education.


For more information about the CMS 2012 Conference, visit our website. To submit a presentation proposal, complete this form and send it to us before November 1st. 

Tips for Parents and Children For The First Days of School

- By: Brooke Byam, Montessori 3-6 Teacher, The Summit Country Day School


If you plan to walk your child into the building on the first day, here are some tips for parent/child separation issues:

  • Before this day arrives, prepare by practicing your own body language and facial expression. You need to appear happy and confident that your child will be well taken care of and will have a nice day.
  • Think of this as a drop-off at a comfortable place such as a grandparent's house or a birthday party.
  • Practice the routine for good-byes with your child at your own front door. For example, give two kisses and hugs in the car or at the door. Try to stick with this because it helps in the long run to have a fixed routine.
  • Be prepared for the fact that separating may not go smoothly and be confident that teachers have a lot of experience on how to handle this.
  • Know that most children will become calm and interested in the classroom soon after parents depart. If this should not be the case, teachers will let you know and provide further strategies.
  • Remember that teachers and parents are working together to instill self-confidence and independence for every child.
  • The goal is to help your child to confidently and independently walk into the room, hang his/her backpack in the cubby, wash his/her hands and start to work. Be confident that every child reaches this stage of independence, even if it takes a little time.

2 Wonderful Parent Resource Books by Aline Wolf

-Available from CMS at a Discounted Price


A Parents' Guide to the Montessori Classroom and Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children are two wonderfully written and easily read black and white booklets by Aline Wolf offering readers a simplified description of Dr. Montessori's philosophy.


In Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children (52 pages), Wolf begins by explaining how this book will help parents complement the child's Montessori school experience by using similar guidelines at home as they use at school. She defines the Three Planes of Human Development describing in detail the needs and development of the first plane and how best to support those needs while also building a strong relationship with the child. From Language and Movement to Order and Concentration, Wolf gives specific examples of interactions and activities that support these Sensitive Periods. She addresses the role of TV, Discipline, Love and Spiritual Nurturing. Interspersed throughout the book are Dr. Montessori's own words as well as those of psychologists and other childhood specialists and included is a well-rounded bibliography as well as a suggested reading list.



A Parents' Guide to the Montessori Classroom (62 pages) serves as a complete parent guidebook to the materials in the 3-6 year old classroom. Wolf gives a brief overview of some basic characteristics of a Montessori classroom (multi-age grouping, role of the teacher, sensitive periods, etc.) and then goes into more detail naming and describing in sequence the Montessori materials from the Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Areas. She acknowledges that the use of the materials is but one aspect of Dr. Montessori's total philosophy and refers the reader to other books in order to learn more about the philosophy in its entirety. The many photographs of the materials being used by the children provide delightful examples of what goes on in a 3-6 classroom.


Both of these books are valuable tools for parents to gain a better understanding of their child's Montessori experience. A perfect gift for the families of your school and an easy solution for parent education! CMS has made a bulk purchase of both of these books so we can pass the savings along to you and your families. They are available to purchase for $5 each. For more information or to purchase the books, email Jill Wilson. 

Press Release from Children's Meeting House Montessori School 

For Immediate Release

August 5, 2011

Contact: Casey Reed





Children's Meeting House (CMH) is pleased to announce the appointment of a seasoned Montessori administrator as Head of School for the 2011-2012 school year. Beginning in August, Meg Thomas who has dedicated thirty years of her professional life to Montessori education will join the CMH community. Ms. Thomas has spent the last ten years of her career as an administrator in both public and private Montessori schools. Prior to this time, she taught in private and public Montessori programs. A graduate of Xavier University, with a Bachelor in Science degree, Masters in Education and post graduate work in Administrative Leadership, Ms. Thomas has served as an adjunct professor at Xavier University and Mount St. Joseph College. She has been a pioneer and integral part of educational program development of the Sands Montessori preschool program, Pleasant Ridge Montessori School and the second Montessori Junior High/High School in the Cincinnati Public School system, Gamble Montessori.


Ms. Thomas brings extensive educational work in nature initiatives, global education, student leadership studies and green/sustainability programs. Ms. Thomas states, "I am very enthusiastic to join this outstanding educational Montessori community. CMH has an incredible reputation and truly provides the kind of education that every child deserves."  


In 2012, the Children's Meeting House (CMH) will celebrate 40th years of providing excellence in education and serving families and students ages three to twelve.   Children's Meeting House has been a pillar of stability in the greater Loveland community for nearly four decades. Previously housed in a unique barn setting located on the Grailville Retreat acreage, CMH through the dedicated efforts and support of the community, local businesses and generous donations in 2003 built a new state-of-art expansive school building. The new CMH nestled next to its original location rests on a sprawling six acres. As a stellar Montessori education program in the Tri-state, CMH offers students the kind of enriched hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom directly tying the acquisition of knowledge to real world experiences.  


For more information about CMH, please visit or call: 513-683-4757

CMS LogoAs you know, the Cincinnati Montessori Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together parents, teachers and schools in order to promote and support the Montessori philosophy. It is governed by a volunteer board of trustees of Montessori parents, teachers, students, administrators and others interested in supporting Montessori education. If you are interested in serving on the board or have talents to share, please email your name and contact info to our nominations committee.

Each year, as we vote in new board members, we examine how we are serving our customers and what else we can do to support and promote Montessori Education in Cincinnati. Your feedback is very  important to us - comments, compliments and critiques!
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  • What ideas do you have to make our organization better?
  • What areas do you think are important for CMS get involved in?
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In This Issue
CMS Annual Spring Conference
Tips for Parents and Children for the first days of school
2 Wonderful Parent Resource Books by Aline Wolf
Children's Meeting House Montessori Welcomes New Head of School
Call For Presentations - CMS Spring Conference
Mercy Montessori Center - The Mercy Metric
Calendar of Events
Executive Board Members

Julia Preziosi
Vice President
Jill Wilson
Susan Flaspohler
Membership Secretary
Meri Fox
Recording Secretary
Sarah Fullen

The Cincinnati  Montessori Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together parents, teachers, and schools in order to promote and support the Montessori philosophy.  It is governed by a volunteer board of trustees, comprised of Montessori parents, teachers, students, administrators and others interested in supporting this method of education.

Call for Presentations!!

Interested in presenting at our Spring Conference on March 24th, 2012?


Complete this form and email it to us before November 1st, 2011.


We want to hear from you!! 



Mercy Montessori Center:

Come and support a Montessori school while getting exercise, too!


33rd Annual Mercy Metric

10K Run and 5K Run/Walk

Proceeds benefit Mercy Montessori Center after school sports program


Where: Lunken Playfield

When: Monday, September 5th 2011

Time: 7:00 Registration / 8:30 Start


Cost: $15.00 or $20.00 with water bottle and headgear


Pre-registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 2nd


For more information, visit 

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articles for the 
Holiday/December CMS Newsletter!

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and/or experiences.
Email submissions by
November 12th to CMS.

Calendar of Events

The Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education presents:

Introduction to Montessori Method and Materials
This series of workshops is designed for teaching assistants, parents, and others who are interested in learning more about Montessori early childhood programs. The course will explore Montessori philosophy and an overview of the materials. Participants will have an opportunity to work with the materials, and create a material for each of the curriculum areas.

Meeting twice a month - September to December
2nd and 4th Monday of the Month
5:30-7:45 p.m

For a detailed schedule and to register, click here.


United Montessori Schools of Indiana presents:

The UMSI Annual Fall Conference

Saturday, October 1, 2011 

Hosted by: Marquettte Primary Montessori Academy, 1905 College Street, South Bend, IN 46628

Keynote Speaker: Anna Perry

Anna Perry is the Executive Director of the Seton Montessori Institute and Schools and serves as a lecturer for all of SMI's academic programs. She is an expert on Montessori education, school leadership and administration, language and child development, and the Montessori philosophy.

For more information, contact Sandy Stranz.


3rd Annual Northern Kentucky Montessori Center Golf Outing

Saturday, October 1, 2011
A.J. Jolly Golf Course
Tee Time at 11:45am
$65 per person

For details, view pdf.


Xavier University Montessori Lab School


October 19, November 16, and December 7

Our Open House will take place between 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information or to register, click here.


Cincinnati Montessori Society presents:

CMS Annual Spring Conference

featuring Stephen Hughes, Ph.D

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

For details, click here.

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