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Free to Concentrate

One of the hardest things to understand about Montessori, especially for those who have not had an opportunity to see a classroom in action, is just how much children are capable of, particularly in respect to their ability to focus, which becomes a catalyst for exploration, discovery, and ultimately, their entire sense of life-possibility. A […]

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Laura Flores Shaw

We’re really pleased to spotlight Laura Flores Shaw, a self-described, “writer, speaker, gadfly,” who is also a therapist, frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, and former Head of School at Oak Knoll Kinderhaus Montessori. Laura is currently completing her EdD, with a specialization in mind, brain, and teaching, at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. […]

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The Trinomial Cube

There are so many layers to Montessori. No where is this more apparent than in the simplicity and elegance of the trinomial cube. While the primary aim may seem rather obvious, to build a little puzzle in a box, the secondary aim, an introduction to algebra and preparation for the proof of the formula (a+b+c)3, […]

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Montessori Workshops

We hold regular team workshops. Some are lively and spirited, in which we enter into animated discussions about Montessori or address certain, practical, technical educational practices. Others are more reflective but just as intimate, where we ponder texts and discuss abstract ideas, whether directly relevant to our mission or even tangential to our field. We are always […]

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The First Student

We rarely discuss the significance of Mario Montessori. Whenever a conversation begins on the nature of Montessori, it always starts with Maria Montessori. Of course, this is where the story should start, in the San Lorenzo district of Rome, where she first glimpsed what would become her novel insights into the nature of early childhood […]

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