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How To Grow Independence

Thoughts & Reflections

Montessori is known for independence. It’s more than a buzzword, it’s a way of life. We’re constantly striving for independence, though it is a rather fraught word. We think of independence as “I don’t need you,” which is heartbreaking when it’s your child, your most precious. We’re asked, if they’re working on independence all day, […]

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They’re Called “Guides”

Thoughts & Reflections

There’s this beautiful quote from Dr. Montessori’s Words of Advice to Teachers, published 95 years ago. May 6th marks the anniversary of Dr. Montessori’s passing, and, like many dates of note, often has us feeling a bit sentimental. We’re grateful for the path she started for us. We’re humbled by the responsibility. We’re hopeful for […]

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Interview with Zoe Paul

Podcasts

Zoe Paul is the incredible mind behind Sage Montessori and Studio Montessori. She shared her story previously in this Spotlight interview. Studio Montessori can also be found here and on Facebook.

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The Small Things Are The Big Things

Thoughts & Reflections

There’s a fast food chain in the Midwest. When you order, they give you a number. When your order is ready, they come find you and bring you your food. They don’t yell, “forty seven” or anything, they find you. This is fast food. The employees are mostly young people, this isn’t specialized work requiring […]

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Why Do We Have Plants In The Classroom?

Thoughts & Reflections

A quick glance into many Montessori classrooms will showcase not just students, guide, materials, and furniture, but also often plants. Why is that? Does the teacher just like ferns, or is there a reason? As usual, there is always a reason in Montessori. For why we have plants, there are several reasons! Let’s explore those […]

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