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April 7, 2020

One of the strengths of environments like the Montessori classroom is the combination of free choice and time. Children’s curiosity is satisfied by being able to select those materials that are most appealing to them. Children’s intellect is satisfied by being able to...

April 6, 2020

“It requires the influence of sacred and deep things to move the spirit, and the new children of civilized humanity must be given a profound emotion and enthusiasm for the holy cause of humanity.” 

- Maria Montessori

A note on the history of Montessori: Dr. Montessori di...

April 3, 2020

Some weeks feel heavier than others. We’ve moved past the immediate response to this crisis and we’re settling in for what looks to be a longer experience than we may have first thought. Maybe the adrenalin is wearing down.  Maybe the nightly news seems still at the fo...

April 2, 2020

“Some may not be interested at all, and others take more time or less to assimilate what they want.” - M. Montessori

Think of all the fears teachers and parents carry for their children’s progress through school. Are they “off track?” Have they “fallen behind?” If a chi...

April 1, 2020

Montessori’s original writings aren’t so reliable for their science, but they remain inspirational to read. In presenting these stories about the early development of life on earth, she reminds us of two critical needs in the chid. 

Children need to inspire and to be in...

March 31, 2020

If you’ve visited your child in their Montessori classroom, you may have noticed them working independently, sitting quietly at a table by themselves engrossed in a seemingly simple activity like pouring sparkling water or lying on the floor spread out across a mat fil...

March 31, 2020

Montessori describes the history of the earth in mythic and poetic language, attributing intent and heroism to the small contributions of microorganisms, tracing the influence of water, imperceptible in the moment but massive over time, detailing the balanced negotiati...

March 30, 2020

A companion material to the Knobbed Cylinders, the Knobless Cylinders offer children extended practice with the relationships of height, width and volume. Four boxes are available to explore, with each containing a series of ten cylinders of varying relationships. In o...

March 30, 2020

Montessori teachers rely on the Great Lessons to guide the narrative of the Second Plane, to tie the day to day experiences of children in their classrooms to a masterful story that precedes our pedestrian hassles and makes noble even our most humble efforts just to ge...

March 27, 2020

Montessori understood the power of the story. Maybe that’s why her writing remains so fascinating so many years later. Many of the scientific details she includes have been corrected over the last century, but the spirit of her intent still reads true. She wasn’t an ex...

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