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Leaders in the Montessori Classroom

Thoughts & Reflections

In the Montessori classroom, teachers maintain a long term relationship with a child on the foundation of communication and consistent feedback. This process and relationship building makes leaders out of teachers and builds an environment that creates a room full of leaders in the classroom. Leaders model behavior they want to see in others. I […]

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Opening and Closing Containers

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? An assortment of containers with lids on is in a basket or on a tray on the shelf. The child takes the collection to a table or rug. The Guide shows the child how each container is opened. Some lids simply lift off. Others unscrew, use a whole hand […]

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Freshman 15: Understanding Freedom and Discipline

Thoughts & Reflections

Wen Duan is thoughtful, reflective, and always asking big questions. She wants to know the Why of things, not just what to do, but how to do it, what worked, what didn’t, how to improve for next time. Freedom and Discipline is a huge undertaking, and often takes us years to fully understand… until we […]

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Observation is Learning

Podcasts

On our last podcast, we talked a little about how important observation is as a tool for adults in determining what a child is ready for, how we can help a child, when we should act, when we should wait and see. For adults, this is a skill, a tool, a muscle that must be […]

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Out of Context

Thoughts & Reflections

When children move schools, from one state to another, from a Montessori school to a traditional program, any variety of reasons, it’s not uncommon for children to undergo some form of testing, to determine where their skills fall in comparison to the children in the group they’ll be joining. The examiner states your child is […]

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