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Montessori Research

Other Good Things

While we don’t have Tests in Montessori, per se, we do have Evaluations. We’re always moving forward from a place of mastery, and the only way to know if a child has mastered a material is through an evaluation. We call these, Observations. We’re always observing and evaluating, noticing, what do I see and what, […]

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Geometry Cabinet

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Geometry Cabinet is located in the Sensorial Area. There are six drawers, containing various triangles, polygons, quadrilaterals, and curved figures. The first shapes we introduce are circle, square, and triangle. We take the intro tray, containing these three shapes, to a table with a child. Using the non-dominant […]

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When It All Comes Together

Thoughts & Reflections

Amazing things happen every day. Some days, we’re lucky enough to capture them. All the pieces come together, and a child is suddenly reading. It’s as though they have always read. It comes so naturally, the decoding, the recognition, the wresting with phonetics, the “aha” moment. But it’s not all-of-a-sudden. It’s been building. We wrote […]

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Principles

Thoughts & Reflections

It’s a big responsibility, raising a human. We fall into rituals and routines, we make overt and unconscious decisions, based on how we were raised, a reaction against something we didn’t like about our childhood or how it serves us as adults, based on research and best practices and unsolicited advice. And then, there is […]

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Noticing

Thoughts & Reflections

A change is in the air. We’re moving deeper into Fall, and some of us can feel Winter blowing in, just around the corner. Every time there’s a change, a calendar page turning over, a birthday, even just Monday, we’re reminded of things — reminded how incredible the world is, when seen through a child’s […]

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