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The Purpose of Practical Life

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Practical Life is the starting point in the Montessori Toddler and Primary Environments. It’s usually where a child begins, perhaps with tidying, or pouring, or sweeping. Why do we have these materials? What is the purpose of Practical Life? If the purpose were cleanliness, we would probably do it ourselves. If the purpose were having […]

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Maximum Effort

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Maria Montessori developed this educational system through lots and lots of observation of young children. She noticed qualities common among children under six, and one of these qualities she called Maximum Effort. As is so often the case, this term seems a bit mysterious, but once there’s an understanding, it’s crystal clear. Maximum Effort is […]

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Follow the Child

Podcasts

There are these terms in Montessori Education that are used, but sometimes, we don’t really think about what they mean. “Follow the Child” is one of those. We thought we’d discuss this meaningful phrase in this post, and if you’d like to listen to more, there’s a podcast, too! So, Follow the Child. What does […]

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Freedom and Discipline

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Freedom and Discipline are fundamental parts of a Montessori classroom, but they’re tough for a few reasons. We’ve written about Freedom and Discipline before, and we surely will again. Each day, we learn more deeply what these mean, more intricately how they’re tied, more fully how children are capable of great capacities in each. To […]

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Vocation or Job?

Podcasts

Lara Jacobs is gifted. She is a wealth of experience, and always happy to share her observations, thoughts, or a helpful hint. She’s also always learning. She lives and breathes Montessori, and shared these thoughts about the internal preparation we do in order to be the most present to the children. We loved her words […]

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