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Montessori Encyclopedia: Cylinder Blocks

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Cylinder Blocks are one of the first materials a child might be introduced to in the Sensorial Area. There are four cylinder blocks. When they’re on the shelf, they all look very similar; in fact, three look identical. Upon removing the cylinders from the block, however, we see […]

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I don’t want to

Thoughts & Reflections

We’ve recently returned from a break, and it’s a whole jumble of emotions. Some of us are thrilled to be back in the expected routine. Some of us would still rather be in our jammies. Some of us are happy to be back with friends, some wish it were still family play time. We feel […]

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Montessori Dictionary: Self-Discipline

Podcasts

What is self-discipline? In Montessori, “discipline” is thrown around a lot, but what does it mean? We thought we’d discuss some of these “Montessori Phrases,” rather than simply assuming we’re all on the same page. For more about what “Discipline” means, listen to this podcast. We work toward discipline constantly. All discipline in Montessori, is […]

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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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