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Growing Into Discipline

Thoughts & Reflections

It’s just one of those Montessori words. It’s a word we hear in other contexts, sometimes in relation to children, and so often, there’s just a bit of a negative undercurrent. I need to be more disciplined and eat less sugar. You’re so disciplined with your exercise regimen. That child needs more discipline. This is […]

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Letter Sounds and Letter Names

Thoughts & Reflections

Let’s sing the ABC’s! It’s not uncommon for children to come to school “knowing their letters.” Perhaps they can name one or two, they know how to sing the song as generations have before them (with ellemenopee right in the middle), and perhaps can identify “S for Sam! That’s my letter!” All of these are […]

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Summertime Learning

Thoughts & Reflections

Children are learning all the time. In the classroom, at home, before they start school, at the grocery store. From the moment a child wakes to falling asleep at night, as Maria Montessori said, “The things he sees are not just remembered, they form a part of his soul.” A child is internalizing everything around […]

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Hard Work

Thoughts & Reflections

Growing up is hard work. Everything is brand new for this infant, this baby, this young toddler. Things we take for granted have to be learned, which is so easily forgotten. When we think about it, everything a child does is challenging. Their whole life is hard! And yet, we often see very little frustration. […]

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Washing Dishes is Belonging

Thoughts & Reflections

Social Cohesion is a term in Montessori that speaks of the important social development happening in a classroom — children looking out for one another, helping and being respectful, that the desires of the individual never outweigh the needs of the group. With most of the children returning to the same classroom year after year, […]

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