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Montessori and Peter Pan

Thoughts & Reflections

Maria Montessori, Italian educator and physician, pioneered the Montessori method and philosophy of learning. J.M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright, authored the childhood classic Peter Pan. The former is grounded in logic, independence, and reality, the latter is the defining example of whimsy, imagination, and “never growing up.” While on the face of it these […]

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“Do as I say, not as I do” Never Works

Podcasts

For a podcast of this post, scroll to the bottom of this page or subscribe on iTunes. “Do as I say, not as I do” is a phrase that has been around for centuries. Many of us even heard these words as children, usually in response to “but…” Maybe we’ve even heard ourselves, against all […]

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Materials with Meaning

Thoughts & Reflections

For many young students attending school is a full time job, accounting for an average 35 hours a week. Rightly so, the classroom becomes not only a second-place environment, but furthermore, a home-away-from-home. This is why from the beginning new children at Baan Dek are taught, “This is your classroom,” “Your classroom is special,” and […]

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Spotlight Emma Taylor from Montessori Country School

Spotlights

Emma Taylor is an elementary guide at Montessori Country School. Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background, your interests, your dreams? I am an Upper Elementary teacher at Montessori Country School on Bainbridge Island. I began my Montessori journey when I was 3 years old. My parents enrolled me in a preschool that […]

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Academics in the Kitchen

Thoughts & Reflections

A question we’re asked so frequently is what can families do at home to support the work children are doing in the classroom. It’s such a natural one. We want to set our children up for success, we want to be involved in their education, and if there are areas we can support now to […]

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