You’re Invited! Sunnyside Montessori Open House

Sunnyside Montessori is Bend’s first elementary Montessori program, and serves students ages 5-9 years old. Come see our new, expanded classroom and meet the staff from 3pm-6pm on Tuesday, August 27 at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Bend.

When Tuesday, August 27, 3pm-6pm

Where First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond St., downtown Bend
Who Jessica Born and Louise Wilson

The mission of Sunnyside Montessori is to cultivate the human potential in an authentic Montessori program. At our school, student demonstrate a respect and love for themselves, others and the world.

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A Sweet First Year

What an amazing first year at Sunnyside Montessori, Bend’s first Montessori elementary program! We created new friendships, had a few Great Lessons, took lots of field trips, and enjoyed connecting with our community. Thank you to our families and friends for your enthusiasm for our new little school. We are growing, and have great learning adventures planned for the 2013-2014 school year. Stay tuned:)

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Now Enrolling: Bend Montessori School Summer Session

Join us for a sweet summer experience in an authentic Montessori environment! Program is open for children 3-9 years old.

July 16-18: Growing Up Wild. Activities from Project Wild. Children engage in a sense of wonder for the natural world around them.

July 23-25: In the Garden. Children experience the bounty of summer through exploring the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden.

July 30-Aug 1: Summer Birds and Bugs. Children investigate food chains with creepy, crawly bugs and the birds that eat them!

Aug 6-8: Exploring Art. Mixed media opportunities for children to create and cultivate their inner sense of beauty.

Summer sessions begin at 9am and end at 1pm. An organic snack will be provided daily. Cost is $150 per week.

To register: contact Miss Jessica at or call 541-678-3248.

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Bend Montessori Summer Program

Sunnyside Montessori and Bend Montessori School are teaming up to create a fun Montessori experience for children 3-9 years old! Sessions will be held at Bend Montessori School, located at 524 NW Lava in downtown Bend. Please call Miss Jessica at 541.678.3248 for more information or to register. Registration deadline is June 14.

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A Day at Juniper Jungle Farm

Farmer Chris and I have been friends for several years, and it was a real treat to enjoy a sunny spring day with him at Juniper Jungle Permaculture Farm. A farm is a perfect place for most students, especially the boys of Sunnyside Montessori, because there is dirt, animals, and hours of outdoor, uninhibited exploration. Mounds of dirt that may seem to adults like big piles, but imagine being two feet shorter. Huge swarms of bees that normally frighten us, but with Farmer Chris, everything is A-OK.

We tasted mustard greens for the first time, and talked about electric fences, and had four turkeys following us for most of the morning, and actually saw chickens laying eggs. We walked through the greenhouse, reading popsicle sticks with barely emerged sprouts of future veggies. We explored and freshened up the labyrinth, a place where Chris and I sat several years ago, planting seeds of a sustainable farm and a Montessori school. We talked about things we might plant in our garden box at the Environmental Center Learning Garden.

Congratulations, Farmer Chris, on a dream that has come to fruition! Thank you for hosting the first of what we hope to be many farm adventures for Sunnyside Montessori.

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Now Enrolling for Fall 2013

On the WAIT LIST for a MAGNET school?

Wondering about your SCHOOL CHOICES for the FALL?

We offer an INDEPENDENT option!

  • Small Class Size
  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • Conveniently located in downtown Bend

Enrolling now for Fall 2013 at www.sunnysidebend.comGirl Holding Plant?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


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Sunnyside Montessori March Open Houses

Sunnyside Montessori is a new, independent elementary program serving students ages 5 to 9 years old. We still have space for a few more students for the remainder of this school year, and we are currently enrolling for Fall 2013. Come see Bend’s only Montessori elementary classroom and meet the staff at one of our open houses!

When: Saturday, March 9, 12pm – 4pm and Wednesday, March 13, 5pm-7pm
Where: First United Methodist Church, 680 Bond St., downtown Bend
Who: Jessica Born and Louise Wilson

The mission of Sunnyside Montessori is to cultivate the human potential in an authentic Montessori program. At our school, students demonstrate a respect and love for themselves, others and their world.

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Book Cover
   Mr. Popper, when not painting or papering his neighbors’ walls, has a persistent penchant for penguins. A decorator by day, he’s an intrepid Antarctic explorer by night–at least in his imagination. Mr. Popper resigns himself to quiet evenings at home with his family and his travel books, until one day a mysterious package arrives. Pretty soon the Poppers have a house full of penguins, an ice rink in the basement, and an ever-increasing bill for raw fish and canned shrimp. Time to take this show on the road!
   The Atwaters wrote this unforgettable tale in 1938, but its timeless charm shows no signs of aging. Children are invited to imagine, dream, and believe that anything is possible. Robert Lawson, illustrator of The Story of Ferdinand, offers delightfully humorous pictures–as integral to this classic as the story itself. An ideal read-aloud book for all ages, Mr. Popper’s Penguins will have any audience rolling in the aisles. (Ages 9 to 12)
   January’s read aloud at Sunnyside was  a big hit with the children. Here are some of their comments on their favorite part: JM liked when Captain Cook ( a penguin) slid Mr. Popper down the stairs. N liked when a leash got tied around the neighbor. NM liked how Admiral Drake wanted Mr. Popper to goto Antarctica with him and the penguins. Miss Jessica loved making the sounds of penguins while reading. Ork!
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First Great Lesson: The Story of the Universe

Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe…for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”
– Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential
We announced to the children that we would be sharing the First Great Lesson at 2:00 pm today. They had seen the black balloon and wondered what could be inside. They saw the model of the solar system and named all the planets but what was this story? How would these new lessons on the shelves be a part of the universe?
At 2:00 pm the shades were drawn and the lights turned off to set the mood to tell the story of the Beginning of the Universe. It is hard to imagine life before the planets being formed but the children understood that out of nothing-something, a big bang happened to start the series of events that would create our universe. They knew about the Milky Way, the planets, and life on earth but how did it start? Then we gave concrete examples of how it all began, how stars came together, how planets formed and how the sun became the center of our solar system.
We then turned the corner of the lesson to talk about how matter transforms to three states of solid, liquid, and gas, how particles joined together and formed the earth, how heavier particles sank to the earth’s core and volcanoes erupted, and how mountains were formed and the atmosphere condensed into rain, creating oceans, lakes, and rivers. Our model of the volcano, which they had helped to build, erupted, using the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar, was a success.
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