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Maximum Effort

Podcasts

Maria Montessori developed this educational system through lots and lots of observation of young children. She noticed qualities common among children under six, and one of these qualities she called Maximum Effort. As is so often the case, this term seems a bit mysterious, but once there’s an understanding, it’s crystal clear. Maximum Effort is […]

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Hard Work

Thoughts & Reflections

Growing up is hard work. Everything is brand new for this infant, this baby, this young toddler. Things we take for granted have to be learned, which is so easily forgotten. When we think about it, everything a child does is challenging. Their whole life is hard! And yet, we often see very little frustration. […]

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Metal Insets

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Metal Insets are displayed on a shelf all their own. The Guide selects one of the ten insets, or shapes, and the corresponding frame, along with a square piece of paper and three colored pencils, and find an available table. The Guide typically sits on a small stool […]

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Why Cursive

Montessori Activities

There are many unexpected moments in the way Montessori presents various concepts of skills to children, including the surprise of introducing children to handwriting first through cursive. The Sandpaper Letters are iconic — pink or blue oversized cursive letters in rough sandpaper for a child to take to a table and practice tracing and pairing […]

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Follow the Child

Podcasts

There are these terms in Montessori Education that are used, but sometimes, we don’t really think about what they mean. “Follow the Child” is one of those. We thought we’d discuss this meaningful phrase in this post, and if you’d like to listen to more, there’s a podcast, too! So, Follow the Child. What does […]

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