Baan Dek

Independent Isn’t Alone in Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

There’s a lovely quote by Maria Montessori: When we’re introducing prospective families to Baan Dek, we begin with a tour of the classroom after the children have left for the day. Parents of current students don’t come in the classroom on a day-to-day basis, so it’s nice to have this opportunity to see the classroom […]

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Celebrating Holidays with Children

Podcasts

It’s the beginning of November, and around the world the next several months are often very busy. There are parties and special occasions, travel near and far, and we thought we’d share a few of our favorite tips for celebrating holidays with young children. On the next episode of the podcast, we’ll share a few […]

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Baan Dek

Hard Things Are Good Things in Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

Children are constantly being challenged. Growing up is hard work. Fortunately, children are more than up for the task. We think fondly of stress-free childhood, not worrying about things, deadlines, ruminating on mistakes, those adult-problems. Geez, kids just have it so easy! “We do not see things as they are, we see things as we […]

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Spotlight Catalina Murcia of Casa de Paz Montessori

Spotlights

Catalina Murcia, director of Casa de Paz Montessori in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, shares her story here. Enjoy! Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? My name is Catalina Murcia, I am a native of Bogota, Colombia. I came to live in the […]

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Baan Dek

Re-Framing Time Out

Thoughts & Reflections

We do not do time-out in Montessori. Time-Out, in the traditional sense, is adult-directed, a punishment, a band-aid on a bullet wound. “Time out” naturally brings to mind sports analogies, so here’s one. Even those of us who know very little about it know ice hockey is violent. Fans say it’s part of the sport, […]

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