Welcome to Southside

The Montessori experience is designed to recognize the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of elementary age children and to stimulate their developing intellect through the use of the imagination. This is at the heart of everything we do at Southside Montessori Elementary School.

Our curriculum, materials, environment and community are all carefully designed to nurture the developing child.

Learn more about how we do Montessori by reading about Our Program. Then take a tour of the Classroom!

"We were lucky to have found Southside when we moved to Spokane. Our daughter has grown and developed into a confident child because of Southside. Lael is amazing!"

Sandra and Mike W.

"Thank you for running a Montessori school that makes learning fun, meaningful, individualized, and academically challenging. My kids always love their assignments, class projects and learning from others."

Debbie M.

"You were the one who really got me interested in math and it is still one of my favorite subjects. I have many good memories from my time at Southside. You have a way of making learning fun and exciting. I hope I can do the same thing when I become a teacher."

Anna K. (former student)

"I just wanted to thank you for your amazing teaching at Southside Montessori back in first and second grade, and for all the memories. I still feel impacted by the wonderful times at Southside. I hope your new students have continued to have the great activities and experiences I remember fondly."

Said N. (former student)

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Apparently True for All Ages

I read a book, MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, which does a good job of illuminating one’s perceptions of the communication obstacles between men and women.  At least, I thought they meant men and women, so you can imagine my surprise when I encountered two six year olds engaged in similar communication difficulties. A group of children were sitting in a circle, playing a game whereby balls are rolled into the center of the circle with the intent of making contact with one of several children in the circle.  One of those, “You’re out!” kind of games. Suddenly, Andrea was sobbing.  No other child seemed to be aware of a problem.  I approached her and asked what was wrong.  Through her sobs, she communicated that Michael had been the recipient of the ball twice and had not given it to her for a turn.  Failing to see a problem with this, I asked Michael to come over and talk with us.  Andrea, still sobbing, repeated her perception of the problem.  Michael responded kindly, “Well, just cause the ball comes to me more than once doesn’t mean that I have to give it to you.”  Andrea was not appeased.  His apparent logic seemed to distress her even more.  I decided to clarify rules with them, pointing out that there was no set number of turns that an individual could have, but also adding that if Michael wanted to give Andrea a turn, that would be very thoughtful.  Andrea’s emotional expressions continued.  Clearly our attempts at communication did not do the trick.  Finally, I said, “Michael, I think Andrea understands the rules and all, but I think she would like us to acknowledge that her feelings were hurt when you did not think to give her the ball.” Andrea nodded, her tears subsided.  Michael looked at her blankly.  This was one of those “I don’t get it, but ok” looks.  Michael said, “I’m sorry that you felt badly, Andrea.”  Andrea said, “Thank you,” her tears dried instantly, and she smiled simultaneously.  When Michael turned and walked away, it was clear that he was confused.  He shook his head and quietly muttered, “I just don’t get it.”

Stories from Southside

I’ve been at this a long time. And over the years, I’ve collected all kinds of little stories, anecdotes, and lessons learned along the way.

I hope you’ll come read a few and see if something speaks to you as well!

—Lael

 

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