Concentration. Can’t vs. Won’t.  Trinomial Cube. Clause Analysis. Fine Motor Development in YCC. Cube Root. Independence. – These are some of the 10 classes offered at the first MSMS Parent Academy earlier this month.

The structure of this all-school parent education night stemmed from an expressed interest by our parents to learn more about the theory and materials that support the children in our classroom.  Over 20 MSMS parents selected the classes they were interested in and joined us for the opportunity work with our amazing faculty in a small group setting.

Here is some of the feedback we received from the participants…

What did you learn?

        “Too much to list!”

        “…new ways to support my child.”

What surprised you?

        “How the three-dimensional pieces correspond to algebra and only fit together in a certain way.” (Trinomial Cube)

        “That complimenting and rewarding…may make the child feel less independent…” (Independence)

        “Opens your mind to a whole new way of thinking.” (Can’t vs. Won’t)

How was this different from what you remember from school?

        “…more intuitive and self-explanatory.”

        “This is significantly different from my experience. (In my school experience), concentration was much more forced that encouraged through environment and opportunity.” (Concentration)

        “Hands on – love it!” (Clause Analysis)

General Comments

        “I want to come back and take the classes I didn’t take!”

         “Love this format – engaging, fun informative.” 

Based on this feedback, we will be looking for ways to repeat and expand this format.   Please watch for our second MSMS Parent Academy and make plans to attend!

MSMS Parent Academy 2018

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School offers AMI programs for students 12 months to 12 years old.

...So, what is AMI?

Association Montessori Internationale

AMI is the organization that is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori's legacy. Mountain Shadows and AMI share a mission to support children's natural development and to help them become the transformative force of society.

This comes with a commitment to a standard of excellence, defined by...


Rigorous and extensive training

including the study of child development and a deep understanding of the Montessori materials to assist the teacher in creating the environment necessary for this work.


Three-year age ranges

within each classroom that allow children to work at their own pace and level of development.


Extended work time,

including a three hour uninterrupted work cycle.


Upholding international standards

through expert consultation every three years and regular and ongoing study of pedagogy and practice.

For your child, this means...


Whether it's digging in the dirt or discovering the universe.


Whether it's speaking your mind or learning to speak up.


Whether it's composing a song or coming up with a big idea.


Whether it's for ourselves or for others.


Whether it's work or play.

Critical Thinking

Whether it's studying science or solving a problem.


Whether it's doing your part or doing what's right.


Whether it's planning your day or preparing your own lunch.


Whether it's deciding together or sharing the work.


Whether it's supporting your friends or saving the planet.

This is what Mountain Shadows means for your child.