Entries by Daniela Cuyun

The Outdoor Classroom

Maria Montessori asserted, “When children come in contact with Nature they reveal their Strength.” Being outside is THE best. Children use all of our senses when we’re outside. They see, hear, smell, touch and sometimes taste if there are tasty vegetables in the garden or fruit on the trees. Being outdoors builds their confidence. It […]

Living Out Our Core Values

Service is a core value of our learning community. Every grade level and student council completes at least one service project each year. Students learn about the group of individuals their project will support and the entire school community is invited to participate by making donations.  Lower Elementary students completed their service project on April […]

Montessori Math

Montessori curriculum is based on giving children exposure to concrete materials first, then giving them incremental opportunities to build more abstract concepts.   What do we mean by concrete?  The children are able to hold a material in their hands.  Montessori Math is unique in that math skills are developed through hands on materials first.  They […]


“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.  Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness.  Thankfulness may consist merely of words.  Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel The holiday season has many themes. In this year of loss and uncertainty, perhaps the most important is gratitude. Students in our Upper Elementary program have been learning […]

Art is Essential 

Due to budget deficits, schools throughout the nation are finding ways to cut their spending, and often the first thing to be removed from the curriculum is art. At Foothills Montessori School, we are committed to offering art education. We see the value in arts education and appreciate the significance it can have on student […]

Managing Challenging Behaviors Starts with You

All children exhibit challenging behaviors at some point in their life. It might be when they are three and bite another child that reaches for a toy they are playing with. It might be your seven year old that refuses to go to bed on time and then refuses to get up in the morning. […]

Self-Care for Your Family

The excitement of returning to school this fall has been both energizing and exhausting for students, families, and staff. Reopening a school amidst a global pandemic is no easy feat but, ultimately, is the best thing for our students. You might find yourself feeling worried or anxious by things outside the scope of your control. […]

End of the school year! 2020

What an unusual ending to our school year!  Our remote learning is up and running for the majority of our student body and a limited number of primary students have attended class on campus.  Despite all of this upheaval, the essence of the FMS community is seen in all of the interactions among the faculty, […]


Greetings FMS students and families!  As we adjust to our new way of staying home and being mindful of the part each one of us plays in helping our community stay healthy, we also want to share our deepest intent of nurturing and supporting our FMS family. We are in uncharted territory and the need […]

Community of the Cure Fundraiser

How do you measure the value of Montessori education when there are so many options available?  Is it the academic acuity, and the ability to reason and think through problems? Yes, those analytical and observational skills serve a young student well, especially as they progress on their educational path. However, some of the intangibles which […]