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Sweeping Lessons

Thoughts & Reflections

We have a lovely story that we wanted to share. These stories are pretty commonplace in Montessori classrooms throughout the world. Yet, they serve to highlight just how Montessori allows children the opportunity to follow their own interests, without interrupting their thought processes. On a Thursday afternoon, after paper clippings from a scissors activity were […]

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Where Everything Starts

Thoughts & Reflections

Practical life activities serve as the foundation of the Montessori experience. Yet, they are perhaps the most misunderstood component to the Montessori approach to early childhood education. For example, we often hear prospective parents inquire, “But, why do I want my child to learn how to scrub their hands, or wash the dishes? Shouldn’t they, […]

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The Freedom to Learn

News and Updates

Montessori schools throughout the world are lauded for their conception of freedom. Not only in their ability to teach children the concept of freedom, but also in their capacity to allow children the freedom to learn. Once more, it is that beautiful intersection of academics emerging in a social environment, where the child is encouraged […]

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Montessori Color Tablets

Thoughts & Reflections

One of the very best ways to describe the academics of Montessori is to frame it in terms of two concepts: the abstract and the concrete. On the one hand, the abstract exists in thought. It has no physical or concrete existence, but persists as an idea, quality or state. The concrete, on the other […]

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The Pink Tower

Montessori Activities

Watching the pink tower being built for the first time of the year is simply magical. The care, the patience, the love, the attention…there is just something about the pink tower. What is it? The Director of Primary Training at the┬áMontessori Institute Northwest, Ginna Sackett, explains just what makes the pink tower so unique. It […]

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