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The Montessori Children’s House

Thoughts & Reflections

When you live and breathe something, day-in-day-out, it’s natural to take it for granted. Not dismissively so, but rather to be unsurprised by it. Is it because of the routine? Much like bandaids might be second nature to a nurse, or spreadsheets to an accountant, or roses to a landscape architect, the pace, temperament, and […]

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Giving Choices in Montessori

Podcasts

Children surprise us with their opinions. For the first few years, they’re along for the ride, wearing, eating, and doing what we choose for them. A day comes and, out of the blue, they surprise us with their thoughts, opinions, desire to play a larger role in their day-to-day. Likes and dislikes, preferences, wanting to […]

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The Montessori Mixed-Age Classrooms

Thoughts & Reflections

When families are introduced to Montessori, one of the aspects that is often the most surprising, is the mixed-age classrooms. It can be rather dramatic, to see a big six-year-old, working alongside a three-year-old. To even hear, this is a classroom for children from two-and-a-half to six, takes a minute to process. In Elementary classrooms, […]

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Montessori Encyclopedia: Color Box 2

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? Color Box 2 is a long wooden box in the Sensorial Area, containing 22 color tablets: pairs of blue, red, yellow, green, orange, purple, black, white, grey, brown, and pink. This material is presented after and nearly identically to Color Box 1. The guide will invite the child to […]

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There’s Always More to Learn in Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

The work is never finished. Not like laundry, where it feels like the mountain is worn down only to be built back up again, but like a grand and detailed work of art, where closer inspection gives more nuance, distance brings perspective. There’s always more to see, always more to do, always more to learn. […]

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