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Consistency and Routines

Thoughts & Reflections

Consistency and Routines. Consistency leads to the greatest success. Children thrive with routines. They’re some of our favorite words. While children are still creating self-discipline and an inner sense of order, it’s up to us to keep things consistent and follow a routine, to help children along the path. But what about when things don’t […]

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Math without Math

Thoughts & Reflections

Okay, so, Maria Montessori tells us to “Follow the Child,” right? Children will show us what they need. We pay attention, we watch and look for signs. It’s natural for us to count as we do things. We want children to be comfortable with math, and to understand numeracy, so we count around them. We […]

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The Montessori Children’s House

Thoughts & Reflections

When you live and breathe something, day-in-day-out, it’s natural to take it for granted. Not dismissively so, but rather to be unsurprised by it. Is it because of the routine? Much like bandaids might be second nature to a nurse, or spreadsheets to an accountant, or roses to a landscape architect, the pace, temperament, and […]

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The Montessori Mixed-Age Classrooms

Thoughts & Reflections

When families are introduced to Montessori, one of the aspects that is often the most surprising, is the mixed-age classrooms. It can be rather dramatic, to see a big six-year-old, working alongside a three-year-old. To even hear, this is a classroom for children from two-and-a-half to six, takes a minute to process. In Elementary classrooms, […]

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There’s Always More to Learn in Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

The work is never finished. Not like laundry, where it feels like the mountain is worn down only to be built back up again, but like a grand and detailed work of art, where closer inspection gives more nuance, distance brings perspective. There’s always more to see, always more to do, always more to learn. […]

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