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a Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

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The Montessori School of Raleigh is the Triangle’s modern embodiment and mindful practice of the time-proven Montessori philosophy,
developing agile thinkers, poised communicators, and gracious collaborators—engineers of authentic and fulfilling lives.

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Broadening the mind and spirit: real-world experiences

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.      —Maria Montessori

In keeping with Dr. Montessori’s method of teaching and learning, students at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) enjoy hands-on, real-world learning experiences, like field trips and special guests in the classroom, designed to deepen their understanding at every level of their development.

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Heroes as inspiration: Mystery History and Parade of Heroes at MSR

As elementary-age children are looking to find their place in society, they look up to adults and older students to inspire them.  At this stage of development, it is important to ignite curiosity about the world and the child’s place in it by telling stories of heroes and heroines from history, current events, and literature.  When a child hears or reads a story about someone who has shown courage, imagination, ingenuity, or persistence, it inspires the child. Dr. Montessori called this fascination with heroes and heroines, “Hero Worship.”

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First Great Lesson Origins of the Universe LE4 Sept 2022

Elementary-age children are naturally fascinated by the interrelationships of things, ideas, and people. That is why The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) employs the Five Great Lessons developed by Dr. Maria Montessori to set the stage for intellectual, spiritual, and psychological development. Central to the curriculum for students in grades one through three (Lower Elementary), the Great Lessons form a framework for academic studies established through epic stories about:

  • the origins of the Universe
  • the inception of life on Earth
  • the development of human life, culture, and accomplishments
  • the history of language
  • the history of numbers
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Admin Building LMC

Each year faculty and staff nominate a fellow employee to offer the Inspiramus at the start of the next new school year. The Inspiramus is designed to provide inspiration and encouragement as the school community prepares to welcome back MSR's students and families. This year's Inspiramus was delivered by Babe Clawson, Lower Elementary Directress (LE4). In her own words...

Hi, for those of you that don’t know me, my name is Babe Clawson and I want to welcome everyone to the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year here at The Montessori School of Raleigh. This marks the beginning of my thirtieth year at MSR, so to say I love this school is an understatement.

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SummerScape FY23

Time flies when you’re having fun and at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) that’s certainly true this summer as campers enjoyed exploring, discovering, and learning during SummerScape 2022. Educators know that it is important for children to take time off from their regular school-year studies to engage in different kinds of  activities and learning experiences. SummerScape at MSR provides ample opportunities for children ages 15 months through grade 6 to do just that.

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Practical Life Dishwashing

Montessori materials are hands-on learning tools designed to provide children with opportunities to learn through repetition and practice. In a MSR classroom, students are given lessons with these materials which focus on one skill at a time. Materials are intentionally designed to support independent learning and problem-solving. The use of materials grows in complexity as students continue to learn and develop from concrete to abstract learning.

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Congratulations Class of 2022

The Montessori School of Raleigh graduated its Class of 2022 during a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 3. The tented event took place on the school’s Brier Creek Campus where the graduates, their families, faculty, staff, and friends gathered to celebrate the many accomplishments of the seven graduating seniors and launch them into the next chapter of their lives.

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Child explores garden

Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the power of the natural world to teach and inspire children and support their growth as thoughtful citizens of the world. As we look ahead to celebrating Earth Day on April 22, 2022, we are reminded of the many ways the study of nature informs learning and discovery in the Montessori classroom. The following is excerpted from "Why Connect With Nature" published online by Age of Montessori, highlighting how parents can guide their child's understanding of and appreciation for nature.

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Building a knee in UE Dec 2022

When baking a cake, simply assembling the ingredients does not make a cake; they must be mixed in the proper portions and baked for the appropriate time. The same is true for the “ingredients” of companies and nations. In our complex modern world, simply hiring engineers, financiers, lawyers, etc. will not make a successful company or government; they must all work together to achieve a successful outcome. Even for an individual working with others is a crucial ingredient for success. 

As an engineer, I have seen hundreds of knowledgeable engineers who live in a world of LaPlace Transforms and Bessel Functions but could not work with others to achieve a result. The Montessori philosophy addresses this issue in a way that public education does not.

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