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Ritual with Young Children

Thoughts & Reflections

We find comfort in ritual. It’s part of the human experience, and it crosses culture, time, age. We have evidence of rituals in ancient Egypt, and surely the mystery of Stonehenge hid ritual long forgotten. We celebrate the sacred and the mundane. It’s the shared religious experience, it’s chants and camaraderie at sports games, it’s […]

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I’m Bored

Thoughts & Reflections

It’s summer. Even when we love school (which we absolutely do!), summer still has this magical appeal. Maybe it’s the long days, maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s sandals and swimming and sand, but it really just is a wonderful time of year. We set goals, like a nap every day and making this the […]

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The Worry

Thoughts & Reflections

If parenting had a job description, “worrying” would probably top the list. From worrying about the what-ifs to wondering every three minutes if a child is still breathing (yes, they are. How about now? Phew.) to concern when they’re off at college and beyond, there’s near perpetual worry. Am I doing enough? Am I doing […]

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Spontaneous Kindness

Thoughts & Reflections

We want children to be kind. It’s behind all our attempts to have children apologize, or adult-directed sharing. We want our children to exhibit empathy, to be Woke, to see Self in the Other — we want to see spontaneous kindness. But how do we teach empathy? If it’s not through “making” children act in […]

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This is a test

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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