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The Life of Beauty

There’s something almost indescribable about how the inquisitiveness of children, and their persistent ability to explore their world, completely overwhelms our senses. Whenever we observe a Montessori classroom in action, and truly let ourselves become absorbed in the environment and the interactions, we are entirely seduced by its humanity. A prospective Montessori teacher, who is […]

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Watch and Wait

On May 6, 1952, Maria Montessori passed away in the village of Noordwick aan Zee, on the North Sea, in the west of the Netherlands. As with those who were brave enough to live, great stories are told of how they met their end. In Rita Kramer’s biography, Montessori’s last moments are recounted thus: “Maria […]

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Montessori and Helen Keller

Bobby George and Charlotte Wood enter into a discussion of Maria Montessori and Helen Keller. The podcast centers around a book by Madeline Gins, called Helen Keller or Arakawa, as well as a philosophical conversation on Maria Montessori’s Own Handbook, which was dedicated to Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. Posted below, a lovely photo that […]

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Empower Through Education

In a wonderfully concise, passionate letter, written from the Association Montessori Internationale Head Office, in January, 1940, Maria Montessori extols the virtues of childhood. She offers a candid reminder that, as a society, we must continue to work, to the best of our abilities, to exert our efforts towards the empowerment of children. She shares […]

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Drawn Together

Love is something that we rarely talk about in education. At least not in a concrete, formal sense. In many respects, love is often perceived of as too familial to be appropriate for the classroom. Discussions of love are often reserved for the home. Yet, children somehow come to acquire a sense of what love […]

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