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Defining Success in Montessori

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It’s true, there are no “tests” in Montessori. There are no grades or report cards, no “holding back,” no “skipping ahead.” But this doesn’t mean we don’t care about success. In fact, we care deeply about success. The question becomes, how are we defining success in Montessori? Everyone is right where they belong. Individualized Education […]

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Montessori Dictionary: Consequences

Dictionary

There are these words we use all the time, and we assume we all have the same understanding, the same definition, of these words. But language comes with baggage. It comes with history and emotional attachment, cultural expectations, and even heightened or misunderstood definitions. We put together this series of posts to enrich our shared […]

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Book Review: The Montessori Toddler

Other Good Things

In her exceptional new book, The Montessori Toddler, Simone Davies sets out to set the record straight: “Toddlers are misunderstood humans.” The key part to this thesis, which is a subtlety that might go overlooked, is that toddlers are, in fact, human. Insert smiling emoji here. While this argument might smack of humor, Simone’s point […]

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Speaking and Silence in Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

Montessori is an art and a science of balance. We believe in and implement individualized education, independent work carried out at primarily one-person tables, but the Montessori classroom is an incredibly social place, with children asking for and offering help, observing one another, and engaging in conversation. There is a strong emphasis placed on language, […]

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Math Always

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Math jokes are pretty common. We make jokes about how bad we are at math, jokes about how useless geometry and algebra are, jokes about how math teachers told us we wouldn’t carry a calculator around in our pocket and now that’s exactly what we do. The truth is, math is everywhere, math is all […]

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