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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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After all this time

Thoughts & Reflections

Around this time of year, we start reflecting. The year is winding down. The achievements the children have made over the last year are coming together in the most beautiful ways. We wonder, what’s next? What’s next for us, what’s next for these children? What goals should we set? What can we improve? With looking […]

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Internalization Vs. Memorization

Thoughts & Reflections

Sometimes there are things you just need to know. Whether it’s specialized knowledge for your field or common knowledge that just makes life easier if you can pull the answer off the top of your head, there are certain facts, data, skills it’s better to just Know. In school, we’re given a lot of information. […]

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No Daily Report

Thoughts & Reflections

The children are learning all day, every day. The adults in the classroom are trained observers, making careful, extensive notes throughout the day of a child’s progress in the various areas of the classroom. We sometimes are asked, couldn’t we just send a note home with the child of that list, the materials a child […]

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