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The First Few Days

Thoughts & Reflections

As we prepare for school to resume, we’re getting ready in so many ways. New pencils are sharpened, well-loved materials are arranged beautifully on the shelf. Labels are made and placed on cubbies, ready to welcome students. Some names are familiar, friends returning for yet another magical year. Some names are unknown, brand new children, […]

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I Need a Break

Thoughts & Reflections

We’ve all been there. When the pilot comes on the announcer and asks us to settle in for a short 12-hour flight. When we forgot one necessary ingredient the day before a holiday and need to make a quick run to the store. When we’re just in need of one more coffee, and the whole […]

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That Summer Slide

Thoughts & Reflections

There’s a concept we notice in education, often children “lose” information over the Summer, when they might not be working academically or focusing on acquiring new skills or data. This is the nature of our educational system, and why, in Montessori, we don’t “test.” See this post about Internalization for more on that. Everything we […]

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Summer Moments

Thoughts & Reflections

We’re about halfway into Summer, and starting to forget what it feels like to be cold. What is it about Summer? We look forward to it so intensely, even when nothing really changes. For many of us, the schedule doesn’t change dramatically like it did when we were in school, and three long empty months […]

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Home Is Not A Classroom

Thoughts & Reflections

There are so many ways to support children, and education, and Montessori. Some are called to be educators, parents, advocates, and it takes all of us to be the Village. A child needs a village. Different people and environments, all supporting development. As children and families learn more about Montessori, or see their child being […]

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