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What Happens in Montessori Kindergarten?

Thoughts & Reflections

There are a few aspects which are fundamental to Montessori education. One of these aspects is the Mixed-Age classrooms. Children begin in a Montessori Primary classroom typically between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half, and remain in the same classroom for three or sometimes even four years, growing from the youngest to the oldest members of their classroom […]

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I don’t want to

Thoughts & Reflections

We’ve recently returned from a break, and it’s a whole jumble of emotions. Some of us are thrilled to be back in the expected routine. Some of us would still rather be in our jammies. Some of us are happy to be back with friends, some wish it were still family play time. We feel […]

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Never Help a Child

Thoughts & Reflections

Maria Montessori writes, “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Oh yes, of course! This is easy! But note, this is different from, “Never help a child with a task where he is already successful.” There are so many times we “help,” and then, we fall into another […]

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Noise in a Montessori Classroom

Thoughts & Reflections

One of the aspects of a Montessori Classroom which people notice is the noise, or, rather, the lack thereof. It’s pretty quiet. A room full of this many adults would be louder. It’s not silent, though, and no one is making the children be quiet. They’re quiet because they’re working, concentrating, and content. So, what […]

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Happy Children are Successful Learners

Thoughts & Reflections

We’ve had countless conversations with families about the transformations they’ve observed in their children, and each one is unforgettable, special. When families tell us what they’ve noticed about their child, they don’t begin with, “She finally understands math!” or “He’s reading full sentences!” Most often, what amazes families so much they pull us aside or […]

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