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Never Help a Child

Thoughts & Reflections

Maria Montessori writes, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Oh yes, of course! This is easy! But note, this is different from, “Never help a child with a task where he is already successful.” There are so many times we “help,” and then, we fall into another […]

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Spotlight Charlotte Cushman

Spotlights

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a teacher. I majored in elementary education at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. While there I went on an overseas study program to Japan where I did an […]

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Art Work in Montessori

Podcasts

Humans are creative. It’s a creative act to speak, to cook, to dance, to imagine, to create art. Children are particularly creative, since inhibition and worry about the end result haven’t set in yet. Creativity is receptive as well as productive, so if you’d like to hear a podcast on this same post, scroll to […]

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Noise in a Montessori Classroom

Thoughts & Reflections

One of the aspects of a Montessori Classroom which people notice is the noise, or, rather, the lack thereof. It’s pretty quiet. A room full of this many adults would be louder. It’s not silent, though, and no one is making the children be quiet. They’re quiet because they’re working, concentrating, and content. So, what […]

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My First Book of Patterns

News and Updates

Our founders, June and Bobby George, have written a series of Montessori-inspired children’s books. The latest, published with Phaidon, is called My First Book of Patterns. One of the great beauties of Montessori is how everything is pared down to its barest minimum, simplified, in order to make it accessible to children. When we un-complicate, children […]

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