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Positive Conception of Work

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Montessori fosters a positive conception of work. Instead of using the word, “play”, to describe engaging in activities, in Montessori, we employ the word, “work”. Why? The answer goes to the heart of Montessori. We want to treat children with respect. We want to treat them with dignity. In short, we take children seriously. We […]

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The Sound Game

Montessori Activities

Here are a few little tips on how to implement Montessori at home, by using The Sound Game. In order to help children hear the sounds that make up words, we play “The Sound Game” in class. It can be played any time, any place, and can take as long or as short as you […]

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Dressing Frame Activities

Montessori Activities

The “dressing frame activities” are a staple of the Montessori approach to education. Let’s find out why. Not only are these activities enticing tools for children, so neatly and carefully displayed, they’re also extremely useful in the development of their practical life skills. And, as we’ll see, so much more, like the careful and steady […]

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The Cylinder Blocks Activity

Montessori Activities

What’s at work with the cylinder blocks? Let’s find out. First, we’ll describe the process. As a child navigates through the classroom, they’re completely free to choose any activity that interests them, in so far as they’ve already received a presentation of the material. Once selected, they’ll find any empty table, or take out a […]

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The Joy of Wooden Activities

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The French philosopher Roland Barthes has a lovely description of the value and import of wooden toys, written in his seminal collection of essays, Mythologies. “Current toys are made of a graceless material, the product of chemistry, not of nature. Many are now moulded from complicated mixtures; the plastic material of which they are made has an […]

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