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March 11, 2020

Visitors to Montessori classrooms often comment on the beautiful materials on the shelves, the lovely wooden crafted puzzles, graceful glass pitchers and fresh flowers. The classrooms are welcoming like a living rooms prepared for guests rather than the brightly colore...

March 10, 2020

You've heard it before: families that sit down to dinner together enjoy higher academic outcomes for their kids, higher self-esteem, and more persistence through challenges. Kids whose families eat dinner together regularly are less likely to engage in substance abuse,...

February 27, 2020

The human spirit, that human spirit that we should first and foremost consider when we think of education, is glorious, enthusiastic; it is luminous, daring, grandiose, and infinitely delicate; melancholy, mirthful, tragic, passionate; earthy and ethereal; inquisitive,...

February 22, 2020

The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of or...

February 12, 2020

In the complicated web of Montessori materials, we see basic skills reinforced across multiple domains and through various activities. Especially in the essential coordination of fine and gross motor skills, Montessori materials embed meaningful opportunities for pract...

February 11, 2020

 "Can I see your shelves?" 

What an odd question. And, yet, if you spend much time with Montessori teachers, you'll almost inevitably hear them asking each other about how they prepare their shelves. You'll see them kneeling down in front of each other's shelves to...

February 10, 2020

It's a sort of curious activity to watch: a young child, mesmerized, repeatedly transferring some small object from one container to another and back again. Maybe the containers are filled with pom poms or small rubber pellets. Maybe the tongs are large and wooden or m...

February 1, 2020

Oh, you dear, patient, lovely people, you teachers of adolescents, you bold adventurers blazing a new path for an ever widening generation of Montessori learners! What a courageous path you've chosen. Unlike Early Childhood Montessori teachers, you lack the public awar...

January 30, 2020

Montessori observed particular trends in children's development, which she called, "Planes of Development," and which guide our practice, from what we expect of children in particular age groups to how we organize classrooms. While her influence on Early Childhood clas...

January 29, 2020

Noticing a trend? Three Hour Work Cycle. Three Period Lesson. Three Years in each Plane of Development... Montessori sure likes her threes. You'll notice, too, that the generally recommended time in any Montessori classroom is three years. Why is that? And is it really...

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