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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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Treasure Boxes

Thoughts & Reflections

Walk into a Montessori Classroom, and it’s immediately clear — something is different. Perhaps it takes a minute to put your finger on it, or perhaps you can identify the difference right away, but the sensation is there. We call the Classroom, the Prepared Environment. We get this space ready for children to learn, to […]

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Consistency

Thoughts & Reflections

We’ve written a lot about Discipline. Freedom and Discipline, Self-Discipline, it’s a concept we sometimes struggle with, until we see the many ways children live into it, and the ways it benefits them, and actually gives MORE options, rather than fewer. The Discipline we help children grow into in a Montessori classroom is self-discipline. The […]

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Growing Into Discipline

Thoughts & Reflections

It’s just one of those Montessori words. It’s a word we hear in other contexts, sometimes in relation to children, and so often, there’s just a bit of a negative undercurrent. I need to be more disciplined and eat less sugar. You’re so disciplined with your exercise regimen. That child needs more discipline. This is […]

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Letter Sounds and Letter Names

Thoughts & Reflections

Let’s sing the ABC’s! It’s not uncommon for children to come to school “knowing their letters.” Perhaps they can name one or two, they know how to sing the song as generations have before them (with ellemenopee right in the middle), and perhaps can identify “S for Sam! That’s my letter!” All of these are […]

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