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January 11, 2020

You may be getting ready to return to your classroom with a whole list of teacher resolutions in your mind. Maybe you're planning to take more time for yourself this year. Maybe you're hoping to take time to offer more advanced lessons. Maybe you're determined to take...

January 10, 2020

As Montessori learners develop the ability to measure and "tell" time, they are increasingly motivated to use these skills beyond daily routines. We know children are fascinated by large numbers, including large measurements of time across generations or even eons. In...

January 9, 2020

The Montessori materials all share certain characteristics. They are beautiful and elegant by design, isolating a single concept and offering some child-centered control of error. For concrete concepts, like quantities or colors, this is fairly straight-forward. For ab...

January 8, 2020

While young children may not easily grasp the abstract concept of time, they are nonetheless inundated with references to the measurement of time. They observe that understanding time, knowing what time it is, knowing how much time something is going to take, and the l...

January 7, 2020

"It's time to go." "We don't have time." "What time is it?" "Time will tell." Children hear lots about "time," but often struggle with what time actually is. That's predictable: time is often an abstract idea, tied to norms of a particular culture. While there are conc...

January 6, 2020

We're beginning a new calendar year, and here in the US, the start of the admissions season. For new parents, this means time to visit lots of schools, Montessori and otherwise. For parents of experienced Montessori children, it means revisiting their commitment to thi...

January 4, 2020

This Saturday, if you're like most teachers, you find yourself away from school, maybe resting, maybe preparing for the festivities of Christmas at your home, maybe traveling. It's a time to recoup, to cozy in and take stock of the year, to recognize the warmth of the...

January 3, 2020

The peacefulness of Montessori classrooms is promoted through the design of those classrooms, the nature of the materials to evoke purposeful work, the ground rules within which all children's efforts influence each other's experience, and the specific Grace and Courte...

January 2, 2020

“You have very truly remarked that if we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have the struggle, we won’t have to pass...

January 1, 2020

In all the ways through which Montessori classrooms seek to support and promote the intrinsic peacefulness of children, perhaps the most important is the concept of "follow the child." Some adults interpret this to mean that any choice of the child should be honored, t...

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