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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 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...

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...

November 11, 2019

Just as the Montessori classroom allows ample practice for the physical skills children will need to master holding a pencil, we also offer practice for the discernment skills children will need to remember and replicate the shapes of letters. Throughout the classroom,...

November 9, 2019

Math is a language of the spirit. 

Really. 

When Montessori acknowledged that the tendency toward the construction of the mathematical mind was universal among human development, I don't think she meant rote memorization of times tables or the order of operations. We are...

November 8, 2019

Montessori adolescent environments are strikingly distinct from traditional Middle Schools. While traditional classrooms may be doubling down on homework, desks in rows and fifty-minute classrooms, Montessori Middle Schools recognize that the rapid and diverse physical...

November 7, 2019

If you think of the window of development between birth and age six as marked by the construction of labels for files in a cognitive file cabinet, the period between six and twelve is when children fill up those files. Children now are interested in learning to master...

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