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Freedom and Discipline

Podcasts

Freedom and Discipline are fundamental parts of a Montessori classroom, but they’re tough for a few reasons. We’ve written about Freedom and Discipline before, and we surely will again. Each day, we learn more deeply what these mean, more intricately how they’re tied, more fully how children are capable of great capacities in each. To […]

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No Daily Report

Thoughts & Reflections

The children are learning all day, every day. The adults in the classroom are trained observers, making careful, extensive notes throughout the day of a child’s progress in the various areas of the classroom. We sometimes are asked, couldn’t we just send a note home with the child of that list, the materials a child […]

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Moveable Alphabet

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Moveable Alphabet is a collection of letters arranged in two boxes. The vowels are blue, and the consonants are pink, to coordinate with the Sandpaper Letters. We’ll take the boxes to a rug and examine the letters together. A child is already familiar with letters and their sounds, […]

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Earth Day Every Day

Thoughts & Reflections

This month we celebrate Earth Day. We bring the natural world into the classroom in various ways, and we thought we’d look at some of those here. 1. There’s mostly natural materials. Look around a Montessori classroom. You’ll see lots of beautiful objects, boxes, and materials, and, if you’re looking for it, very little plastic. […]

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Vocation or Job?

Podcasts

Lara Jacobs is gifted. She is a wealth of experience, and always happy to share her observations, thoughts, or a helpful hint. She’s also always learning. She lives and breathes Montessori, and shared these thoughts about the internal preparation we do in order to be the most present to the children. We loved her words […]

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