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Dec
4

Owner’s Manual for a Child

Owner’s Manual for a Child

I am capable of being the finest example of your best attributes and values expressed in my very own way. If you will prepare a home environment carefully and thoroughly for me, keep my materials and tools in order and good repair, set the limits clearly and firmly, give me long slow periods of time to work on my secret plan, I will do the work of developing a new human being, me!

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Oct
2

We Are Montessori

We Are Montessori

The We Are Montessori Project aims to celebrate Montessori alumni and bring more awareness to the benefits of Montessori education. The project allows alumni to express their personal Montessori stories and is the perfect place to connect with fellow alumni, share your favorite memories, and inspire others to explore Montessori education.

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Oct
2

Montessori 2.0

Montessori 2.0

An increasing number of apps targeted at young children are in the digital storefront; is there value for them? Does your 3 year-old have to have their own iPad? What would pioneering educator Dr. Maria Montessori think about these doo-dahs?

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Sep
25

The Magic of Grace & Courtesy

The Magic of Grace & Courtesy

As they find activities that meet their inner need for self-development and as their space and autonomy are respected, a sense of calm and purposefulness settles over the classroom. Perhaps it is magic, after all.

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Sep
25

The Three Year Commitment

The Three Year Commitment

The Montessori primary program is designed as a three-year cycle. Much of the material and exercises in the first year or two not only help the child achieve a direct, immediate goal (such as dressing and cleaning after themselves, or learning the sounds of each letter of the alphabet), but also serve an indirect purpose of laying the foundation for future work and learning.

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Jul
17

Boys and Gun Play

Boys and Gun Play

Elementary children need to experience themselves as increasingly powerful agents in the world. As their personal power increases with age and maturity, they begin to encounter all the classical questions about power with which humanity has struggled and continues to struggle. At the root of these questions is the fact that power and its uses define relationships.

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Jul
17

The Case Against Flash Cards

The Case Against Flash Cards

As the director of a Montessori school, one of the most frequent questions I get from parents is, “What should I be doing at home to help my child academically?” My answer is always the same: “Talk and read with your child.”

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Jul
17

Behind the Laundry Hamper

Behind the Laundry Hamper

He was a sweet child with an angelic face, this new six year-old from another Montessori school. And he was so eager to please. How was I to know that he—during the very first week of school–would treat the parents at departure to the most spectacular display of temper I’d ever seen, complete with language I’d never in my life heard used against me, by anyone, much less a sweet child!

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Mar
19

Montessori and Attachment Parenting

Montessori and Attachment Parenting

Since my first son’s birth 3 years ago, I have gravitated towards Attachment Parenting. Yet, I have started to question: is it compatible with Montessori?

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Mar
19

You Did It! Praise in the Montessori Classroom.

You Did It!  Praise in the Montessori Classroom.

The only expression that we’ve found to be adequate enough to address this complex issue, is the phrase, “You did it!” It seems to say everything.

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Mar
19

Creativity and Montessori Education

Creativity and Montessori Education

I like to think that maybe she found the experience inspiring nonetheless, and that perhaps the Montessori children had taught her just a little bit more about creativity…

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Mar
19

Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

And so, Peter spends his days in his Montessori classroom engaged in work that he finds fascinating, challenging, and deeply satisfying. In his mind, a vision of the world is taking shape – a world of tightly woven relationships. He begins to understand cause and effect at a universal level. Above all, Peter’s experiences will help him appreciate the achievements of past generations and realize that he, too, can make positive contributions to the world.

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Feb
12

The Silent Journey & Discovery – A Photo Essay

The Silent Journey & Discovery – A Photo Essay

The Silent Journey & Discovery is a powerful event for many parents. Unfortunately, most parents did not attend a Montessori school as a child; although they can read about Montessori philosophy, attend parent nights and observe the classroom, it can be difficult, at times, for them to really understand the experience that their child has every day at school. The J&D provides and opportunity for parents to explore the entire continuum of the school and experience first hand, just like their children, the amazing things that an authentic Montessori program has to offer.

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Feb
12

Learning to Share

Learning to Share

Hang out in any typical environment with numerous children under three and you will hear the common phrase, “Mine!” as one young child grabs a toy from another’s hands. This is generally followed with the common response, “Johnny, no grabbing. You need to SHARE.” Yet, what is the best way for a child to learn how to share?

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Feb
12

Apples vs. Oranges

Apples vs. Oranges

Montessori teachers and school administrators often hear versions of the following questions from parents who are wondering how well their children are being academically prepared in Montessori programs: How does the Montessori curriculum compare to traditional curricula? Are Montessori elementary programs usually academically “accelerated” in relation to their traditional counterparts? How do Montessori graduates compare to other students?

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