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From the desk of…..

 Cheryl Marrison, Operations Director

Hello everyone. I wanted to welcome all of the wonderful new families who have joined our Weinacker’s community for the new school year. I also want to give my sincere thanks to all of you who are already a part of our community. Your continuing support of your child’s school is wonderful.

Your Directors and Teachers have been working very hard to give you a great experience. We have some wonderful Parent Enrichment nights planned throughout the year. I encourage you to take advantage of these informative gatherings. We hope to give you valuable information on topics such as: Nutrition, Montessori at Home, and Positive Discipline. We are also planning some great community events throughout the year. Please check your school calendars so you don’t miss any opportunities. Your participation is very important to the continued social development and growth of your schools community.

We are continually looking for ways to enhance our services to give our families the best possible experience in education. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to make them known.

Once again, THANK YOU.

Cheryl Marrison,

Operations Manager

(251) 259-5342

Allowing children to help is essential

Originally posted on Montessori Philosophy:

“Even the littlest children are anxious to do something and are more anxious to exert themselves than those who are older. A good teacher will therefore look for some way in which even the tiniest child can be of help.” (p. 84, para. 2)

Thoughts after reading: 5. Education in Movement

Every child seeks to be useful and part of the community. The youngest ones are the most eager to help. We should not discourage their interest in helping us. Their desire can prove more useful than we can imagine and the benefit to their soul is tremendous. Given tasks of importance makes them work very hard to perform to perfection. The trick is to not guide them so directly that their independence is replaced with puppet strings. The other thing to remember is that a little task can mean a lot to a child. Tasks in which they can…

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Fun Filled Week

Hey Folks!   I hope you all are having a fantastic week, I know we sure are!  The fun started last Saturday 8/23 with our company wide Family Picnic!  This was such a success!  This awesome event gave all of our teachers and administrators a chance to meet and mingle with families who we barely get to see!  It was so much fun meeting all the teacher’s families.  We always hear stories about the staff’s families, it was great putting faces to names!  A big “Thanks” to all who came out in support of our WMS community.

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Another big event we participated in was the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo yesterday!  My boss and I had so much fun interacting with other members of our community while meeting new people too!  I absolutely love events like these!   It gives me a chance to do what I do best, talk!  We were lucky enough to have our table next to a well-known catering company from Mobile, Naman’s Catering!  The sweet women who were working the event kept our bellies full all day with some of the finest food ever.  I sure hope my wedding dress still fits……


I will be out next week because I will be in Chicago saying “I do!”  to my wonderful fiance!  I will fill you all in when I return!  Wish me luck and prepare yourselves for a great post when I get back! 


Have a good one!





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Best Foot Forward

Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had an amazing week especially if it was your first week of school!  Throughout the years I have had the chance to talk with parents about how difficult this time of the year can be for the entire family because their routine had been out of sorts for the summer months.  The same conversation still brings me back to my childhood and how my semi-neurotic Mother would make us start going to bed early about three weeks before the school year started… really all makes sense now.  My Mother was not being neurotic, she was preparing us, herself included, for the adjustment that the new school year inevitably brought.  ( Thanks Mom!)

To help make this transition easier for everyone in your family, I have come up with three things that will help you all during this time.  Hope this helps!

1.  Develop a strategy.  Take some time and reflect on the current and present situation.  This will help you come up with a realistic way to prioritize everything that needs to be done on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.  If there is a certain time of day that is extra hectic for you see if there is anyway to get this done beforehand.  Preparing nightly meals before the work/school week starts is becoming very popular for working families, it allows some quiet family time before dinner instead of frantically throwing random ingredients in the over, hoping for the best.   Another preemptive task that could be done prior to the last minute is, laying out clothes & outfits the night before.  I know I hear a lot of parents have issues with this, so it may be worth trying.

2.  Communicate.  They say every healthy relationship consists of this one thing—-communication.  Whether it be your spouse, child, dog, or  child’s teacher, it is vital to have positive open communication.  I am a big proponent of talking to children.  Sometime people do not think they are capable of grasping the situation but that is not true.  Children understand far more than we ever give them credit for so I feel it is important to discuss any changes that they may be presented with in the future.  I also think the most important thing between parents and teachers is the ability to communicate.  We have to remember–we both want what is best for the child so if there is a lack of communication, there is something wrong.

3.  Play.  This is going to be the hardest piece of information for most parents to work into their busy busy schedule, trust me I get it.  I also get that if a human being makes no time for themselves and engaging in activities that they truly enjoy, they will eventually shut down.  Take time to play with your kids, even if it is just for twenty minutes when you get home from work–it helps build positive connections with your children and release oxytocin in the brain which has tons of positive effects for one’s body.  I recently did a transport for a dog being adopted in North Alabama and came across this amazing podcast!   I am working on focusing an entire blog post about it but really want to share the episode with all of you!  The last two parts really struck me and made me realize how crucial play really is for all of us!



Have a great weekend!


And we’re back!

Well folks!  We are back and ready for action!  In the past couple of weeks we have undergone a huge project—-we are in the process of redoing our website and blog!   Just wanted to touch base with all of you and fill you in!   I also wanted to share a fantastic article that many families deal with on a daily basis, separation anxiety.  

Have a great weekend and enjoy the following article!
Separation Anxiety 
  For children separation anxiety can cause them to cry and be distressed to new changes as they are separated from who they trust. A child may even feel anxiety next door from the parents’ bedroom while tucked in the bed.
             For a child who is younger than 8 months it is easier to adapt to new caregivers. It is about 8 months to 1 year that a child is more aware of the surroundings, recognizes faces and exhibits stranger anxiety. It is also about 8 months that a child only begins to understand the concept of object permanence. This is when babies are not able to see an object in front of them that they think it has disappeared or is completely gone and could not just be somewhere else. It is therefore important to allow the child to understand this concept and to feel secure about not being let alone. At this stage children also begin to understand the input and control they have in their environment.
In the Montessori classrooms, activities such as drop boxes with drawers in which a child may drop a ball and observe as it disappears from sight and can be found once more hidden in a drawer, allow this concept to be understood.
While this is a normal phenomenon, it is a concern since it can also be unsettling for parents by triggering feelings of guilt and confusion. As the child takes on this new role of awareness and impact to the surroundings, he slowly begins to experiment with the adult and daily routine of the adults. The child attempts to avoid separation by becoming teary eyed as the parent attempts to leave the child with the care giver, testing the boundaries that are set. As with everything, the parents need to be firm with the boundaries that they set with their children. A child understands that crying affects the adults when they leave and will use this strategy to avoid separation. What can parents do to help a child to feel secure about being left alone? The parent may drop off a child earlier in the centre or allow a babysitter to come in earlier to allow the child to interact with the caregiver before the parent has to leave. Let the child be fearful but show him that it is okay. Also always say goodbye to your child, and give a cuddle or a kiss and tell him you will be back. The goodbyes though should not be prolonged and should be light. The baby is also aware of your feelings of difficulty of letting go. Try not to let the child see you cry (if you do so) and most often the child will stop crying as soon as you are a few steps out of the doorway. Once you have left do not come back and forth as it will reinforce using crying as a strategy to keep you there. Repeated trips will make it harder for both of you and the caregiver.