Lifelong learning and parent education at MSR

The Montessori approach to education is designed to instill a love of learning in children which they will carry with them throughout their lives. Keeping curiosity and inquiry alive is central to the "natural learning" espoused by Maria Montessori and practiced at The Montessori School of Raleigh. This notion of lifelong learning is integrated into every grade-level experience at MSR and extends to the adult community through employee professional development and parent education.

Inspiramus: we are in the business of shaping the future

On  August 16, 2021, on the first day of Employee Prep Week at MSR, Lower Elementary Directress, Laura Sayles, "rallied the troops" with her opening "Inspiramus." In her own words...

My name is Laura Sayles and I am a directress in Lower Elementary, or “LE." For those of you who don’t know yet, LE includes first, second, and third grade. Super fun age range! Fun fact about LE, Maria Montessori actually coined it, “The Age of Accidental Rudeness,” because they are hyper aware of everyone around them, and truly do just speak their minds without a filter.

Toddler Teachers Prep Classroom Aug 2021

In the words of Maria Montessori, "Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child open up himself to life." 

At The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), faculty and staff have been preparing for the new school year, designing opportunities for their students to open themselves up to life and learning.

SummerScape at The Montessori School of Raleigh

SummerScape at the Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) is in full swing as students engage in new and fun activities this summer.

SummerScape kicked off on June 7 and runs through July 30, and offers week-long camp options to children aged 15 months through 9th grade.

Commencement Cap Toss

The Montessori School of Raleigh celebrated its second graduating class, the Class of 2021, with a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 4, at 5 p.m. 

Virtual Conference: Creating Inclusive Communities

On Saturday, May 15, 14 members from The Montessori School of Raleigh community participated in a virtual conference called Creating Inclusive Communities. Hosted by Ravenscroft School in conjunction with Pollyanna, Inc., the conference featured  Rosetta Lee of Seattle Girls’ School as the keynote speaker.  

Land and Livestock program welcomes chicks

Maria Montessori had a deep respect for the natural world. She believed the outdoor environment was an extension of the indoor classroom as it provides endless opportunities for experiential learning. That’s why at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), students at all grade levels learn from nature every day through access to outdoor spaces as well as natural elements in their indoor spaces – like plants and small animals. In the Middle and Upper Schools, students engage in a land and livestock program that offers even more opportunities for students to access and learn from the natural world around them.

MSR students inducted into the National Honor Society

​Congratulations to the newest members of The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) National Honor Society chapter. The eight inductees, which included students from 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, took the oath of membership last night during the virtual National Honor Society International Induction Ceremony. These students are recognized for their scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Toddlers watch lizard

When children come in contact with Nature, they reveal their strength.

-   Dr. Maria Montessori

Spring has arrived in Raleigh/Durham and at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) that means students are deepening their understanding and connection with nature. From Earth Day activities to classroom lessons, students across grade levels are discovering the wonders of the natural world around them. The following are just a few of the ways MSR students are building connections.

Humanities Night April 2021 Prep

Like all learning at MSR, the Middle School humanities curriculum is designed to guide students in developing subject content mastery, while also allowing students to dive deeply into areas of personal interest. In humanities, that means learning history content, developing research, writing, collaboration, and problem-solving skills, and looking forward to Humanities Night each year.

Intersessions March 2021

Immersive. Interdisciplinary. Practical. Experiential. These adjectives offer good insight into what this week’s Intersessions experience was all about for middle and high school students at MSR.

Hands in air Hands-on Learning News

As a school dedicated to the Montessori method of educating children, MSR knows the power of hands-on learning. From 15 months to grade 12, MSR students have the opportunity to explore and manipulate materials as part of a process that deepens understanding, strengthens foundational skills, and allows for the transfer of knowledge at every developmental level.

Toddler Valentines Meals on Wheels 4

Montessori education places a great emphasis on community and encourages children at every age level to understand how they can contribute in meaningful ways to their community and the wider world. This week, the learners in MSR's Toddler program got a hands-on experience with what it means to give to others.

Breast Cancer Awareness Week

In keeping with its commitment to service learning, MSR's Middle and Upper School students hosted activities for Breast Cancer Awareness Week, Oct. 12-16, 2020, on the school's Brier Creek Campus. 

Celebrating International Peace Day

Peace is taught as an important part of the Montessori curriculum and September 21 was International Peace Day, so our Lower Elementary classes gathered around the peace pole on Ben’s Field to celebrate. Maria Montessori began her teachings around the time of World War II when the world was immersed in violence and acts of aggression. She firmly believed that people should be taught to spread peace from a very young age in hopes that our world would be free from violence one day.

Montessori’s curriculum held the idea that we are all one small piece of a larger world regardless of our ethnicity or background. Starting in Lower Elementary, our students are taught that as humans we all have the same basic needs to survive and we must use peace and kindness to help each other grow every day. Montessori also teaches students that they have the ability to make positive change in the world. Children are often given the misconception that they need to be an adult to improve the world when in reality people are never too young to make a difference in a peaceful manner.

Happy 149th Birthday to Dr. Maria Montessori!

To honor Dr. Maria Montessori on her birthday, The Montessori School of Raleigh thought we’d share a brief insight into her extraordinary life.

Dr. Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle, Italy on August 31, 1870. As a young woman, Maria began her education at Via di San Nicolo da Tolentino and then proceeded to conquer the barriers for the restricted careers of women.

Opening Convocation 2019-20

As the sun peeped out from under the clouds, the Academic Festival Overture of Johannes Brahms resounded throughout the Gym, and hundreds of students Grades 1 through 12, faculty, and staff processed in to take their seats for the school’s first-ever Opening Convocation.

Five Myths of Montessori

The Montessori Method of child-centered learning has been used across the globe as an alternative to traditional education for more than a century.

With more than 100 years of the Montessori educational approach in action, many rumors or myths have developed about the program over time.

How Montessori prepares kids for the ivy league and beyond

College should be the time in life when a young person accelerates and experiences the excitement of learning, deciding how they want to have an impact on the world outside of the classroom.

Unfortunately, many teens arrive at college to take their first steps into adulthood exhausted and burned out, weary from years spent trying to achieve what many schools define as success.

Entrepreneur credits Montessori education for giving him his kickstart

Entrepreneurship is consistently a hot topic, what with consumers clamoring for innovation across all industries.

The excitement over new technologies and the startup culture has extended into the job search for students completing their educations. In fact, 69 percent of students are interested in working for startups; this despite the high risk of failure, the long working hours necessary to drive a new business to success and the often low paychecks associated with early-stage ventures.

7 ways Montessori is different from traditional schools

When people hear the term "Montessori" they usually have a specific idea of what that term means in reference to an academic learning environment, but how does a Montessori education actually differ from that of traditional public and private schools?