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November 18, 2019

There are some parts of the Montessori classroom that seem to get all the attention: the beautiful Practical Life materials, the engaged constructions in the Sensorial area, the precise Math lessons or the carefully sequenced Language materials. But there's another are...

January 4, 2019

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 3, 2019

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 2, 2019

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 1, 2019

"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...

December 27, 2018

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...

November 12, 2018

There are some parts of the Montessori classroom that seem to get all the attention: the beautiful Practical Life materials, the engaged constructions in the Sensorial area, the precise Math lessons or the carefully sequenced Language materials. But there's another are...

October 1, 2018

There are some parts of the Montessori classroom that seem to get all the attention: the beautiful Practical Life materials, the engaged constructions in the Sensorial area, the precise Math lessons or the carefully sequenced Language materials. But there's another are...

April 9, 2018

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...

February 26, 2018

Children learn concretely, adopting new concepts best when they can feel them in their hands and move them about. For some concepts, like quantities from one through ten, this is easy enough to provide: one bead fits in the hand just as ten do. How, though, can we intr...

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