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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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Doing Nothing

Thoughts & Reflections

“What did you do today?” “Nothing.” Or, perhaps, if we’re lucky, “Ate snack.” This is never accurate. A child is ALWAYS doing SOMETHING. The challenge comes in expressing that Something. A child cannot say they learned new vocabulary. Once a child knows something, it is as though they have always known it. A child does […]

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Snacktime

Thoughts & Reflections

“What did you do today?!” We’re all eager to hear what happened during a child’s day. This is your absolutely most favorite person, how did they spend their time away from you?! What amazing things happened at school?? It’s not uncommon for one answer to be, “Ate snack.” That’s it?? How about reading? How about […]

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