Congratulations to 7 SMS Alumni Honored as 2020 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists!

We wish to give special congratulations to the seven past Sammamish Montessori School students, now high school seniors, who have been named as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Satyen Subramaniam (Interlake HS) Suriyen Subramaniam (Interlake HS) Estella Xu (Interlake HS) Sravya Ganti (International Community School) Kaushik Samarjit (Nikola Tesla STEM HS)…

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Montessori Education and its Cultural and Peace Curriculum

Montessori education is unique and groundbreaking in that it incorporates cultural and peace education. Over one hundred years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori wrote, “The child is both the hope and a promise for mankind.” Montessori children gain a world view from a young age. Children begin to realize that they are part of a larger…

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What is Process Art and Why Is It Important?

Young children love to draw and create, but often get frustrated by their inability to produce something that resembles the vision in their head.  Their art becomes representational – a line stands in for an animal, a winding trail across the page reflects the movements of their subject, as though the artwork is a story…

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How Montessori Education Encourages Independent Thinking

Learning to think is not the same thing as learning to memorize.  Thinking requires infinitely more effort and involves much more brain activity than reciting something back.  Thinking involves inquiry, innovation, creativity, analysis, synthesis, problem solving, persistence, self-confidence, self-motivation, independence and even courage.  That is why the emphasis in a Montessori classroom is on children…

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