June 30, 2020

Perhaps the most distinct difference between traditional early childhood programs and Montessori classrooms is the focus on what is real, observable and natural in the Montessori prepared environment. Mickey Mouse doesn't live here. Pokemon and the Princesses are left...

June 29, 2020

Someone asked me a question recently that began with, "When you parent..." 

When don't I parent? 

For years, a poster hung in my house that I'd received from a children's advocacy group. "Live your life as though someone is watching," it read, "because someone is." 

Our c...

June 26, 2020

If you look through any set of Montessori manuals, you’ll see a fairly common component in each detailed description of the material: the objective of the work. These sections often include bullet points that describe the specific physical or intellectual skill develop...

June 25, 2020

What do you believe? 

No, really. What do you believe? 

About children. 

About school. 

About your role, as an adult, as a parent, as a teacher. 

What would success look like for you? 

That all children should read by four years old?

That the parents of the children in your c...

June 24, 2020

Early in my career as a Montessori teacher, I had a three year old student in my class who would enter the classroom every morning, lunchbox in one hand and bag slung over his other shoulder, pass me at the chair from which I was greeting children and flick one hand at...

June 22, 2020

We can get a little sheepish when Montessori writes about the spiritual development of the child. We don’t want to offend anyone, and we want to be clear that Montessori as a method is for all children. We’re not sure how to talk about children’s spiritual lives withou...

June 18, 2020

There is a presumption of goodness in Montessori classrooms, in which teachers can be satisfied that they have done their work well when they are sure that they have pointed the child in the right direction. We don’t presume that we need to talk every step with them, o...

June 17, 2020

This is exhausting work, this teaching thing. We are asked to teach more, to accomplish more, to provide more, with less funding, less time, less professional development. And, as Montessori teachers, we are asked to do so while also maintaining perfect calm, perfect t...

June 16, 2020

Taking a brief diversion from The Discovery of the Child today to highlight the work of Anastasia Higginbotham. Anastasia's series, "Terrible Ordinary Things" addresses the every-day challenges that children face. 

Every day, children face racism. White children include...

June 15, 2020

Montessorians catch a lot of flack for our insistence on offering children experiences with real things, on the avoidance of fantasy characters or animated distractions especially in early childhood. If a child has to choose between playing with action figures or touch...

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