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Thoughts & Reflections

In the Montessori primary classroom, we approach literacy differently than one might expect. We write before we read. Writing is a natural next step from speaking. We highlight the sounds in words, and the Sandpaper Letters are a visual symbol for each sound. Writing begins with composition, arranging the letters of the Moveable Alphabet to […]

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Montessori Isn’t Just School

Podcasts

Attending a Montessori school isn’t always an option. There are many reasons families know about Montessori, but their child isn’t enrolled in a school. Sometimes there isn’t a school in the area, or it’s fully enrolled, or it’s out of the budget, or the hours or location don’t work for your family, or your children […]

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Homework for Vacation

Thoughts & Reflections

It’s that time of year. We’re planning how we’ll spend these three hot months. Long days, longer car rides, and the shortest season of the year, it seems. It’s natural to want to ensure children continue to learn, to avoid “that summer slide,” we read (and write!) about. School resumes in the Fall, and we […]

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Spotlight Maren Schmidt

Spotlights

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? Today I live on the Big Island of Hawaii with my husband, Mark. I have two adult daughters, Dana, a naturopathic doctor and Hannah, a turn-around management consultant. I spend most of my time putting together newsletters, webinars and […]

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Some Words of Advice to Teachers, 1924 – Maria Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

In this short, little known, but highly influential and impactful text, Maria Montessori lays out some words of advice for teachers: “Anticipating some of the questions which will certainly be put to me, I shall give some recommendations regarding mistakes which I have observed during my visits to Montessori schools. These mistakes, apparently slight and […]

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