Ms. Christina Miller’s Article, The pitfalls of standardized tests, featured in the Gainesville Sun | October 6, 2014

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Click here to view the article on the Gainesville Sun’s website: There has been a lot in the news lately regarding the value of standardized testing. Testing students should serve the purpose of evaluating and improving curriculum as well as learning the practical aspect of taking a test. However, teachers do not get the precise… Read more »

Spirit Weeks Brings in 1,118 Pounds of Food For Food Bank

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On Friday, October 3, 2014 the 2nd grade students from Millhopper Montessori School took a field trip to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank to tour of the facility and deliver all canned food items that were collected by the 1st – 8th grade families during spirit week. A total of 1294 cans/boxes were… Read more »

International Children’s Book Day – WUFT

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International Children’s Book Day reinforces reading’s importance Lauren Rautenkranz on April 3rd, 2013 | Last updated: April 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm WUFT visited Millhopper Montessori School to see how children in the Gainesville area celebrated International Children’s Book Day. In honor of national reading day, Millhopper Montessori School dedicated the entire day to celebrate the… Read more »

Learning Together

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Featured in Gainesville Today Magazine Millhopper Montessori School offers a high-quality education in a friendly, family-like environment Tucked away in the northwest quadrant of Gainesville, on 39th Avenue, Millhopper Montessori School quietly helps students grow and mature, both in knowledge and social skills. Spanning pre-k through eighth grade, with nine classrooms, 35 staff members and… Read more »

A School of One’s Own

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Featured in Gainesville Today Magazine She always knew she would. So, at 25, Christina Miller opened her own school. First called The Montessori School of Gainesville, it became Millhopper Montessori after switching locations. “It’s my whole life,” she said, describing her undertaking of the last 34 years. It wasn’t flashy; it wasn’t fancy. Miller initially… Read more »

“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.” — Dr. Maria Montessori

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In the 21st century, it is more important than ever before to be able to communicate thoughts, feelings and ideas to other individuals and groups in a variety of effective ways. This article addresses the role drama plays in building these skills; how it dovetails and enhances education; how it impacts childhood development in a… Read more »

“ A child is a discoverer. He is an amorphous, splendid being in search of his own proper form” — Dr. Maria Montessori

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A sensitive period for learning language begins at birth and extends throughout the early years of childhood. In their early years of life, children have a capacity to hear, absorb, and reproduce the sounds of their language. Around age five or six they become very interested in written words and the relationship of words to… Read more »

There is in the soul of a child an impenetrable secret that is gradually revealed as it develops.

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As featured in Gainesville Today Magazine, March 2010 (Column:  Education Matters) It is developmentally appropriate for children to learn hands on and through their five senses. One of the most joyful ways is to plant seeds and watch them grow. Children are constantly drawn to smell, touch, and gather collections of leaves, seeds, flowers, and… Read more »

Nature As Nurturer

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As featured in Gainesville Today Magazine, February 2010 (Column:  Education Matters) By Christina Miller Harvard Professor and childhood development expert, Howard Gardner identified seven intelligences in children. Aside from what we have long understood about the seven intelligences which are logical-mathematical, linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, musical and both interpersonal and intrapersonal, Gardner and others have since… Read more »

Girl embroidering blankets for homeless

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Featured in the Gainesville Sun Scissors in hand, Sarah Lentz delicately maneuvers her slender fingers to snip away knotted thread jammed in her embroidery machine. The device, as big as her 9-year-old torso, embroiders whatever she programs it to. And since last Saturday, the needle has repeatedly been sewing the same three words: “Hope,” “Love”… Read more »