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Benign Neglect

Thoughts & Reflections

We’re hard-wired to help children. We wouldn’t have survived long as a species if we weren’t. We recognize That Cry in the midst of all other noise. A whispered, “Mom?” will wake one from the deepest slumber, when a telephone ringing or doorbell doesn’t. We will literally do anything for our children — the food […]

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Individualizing Education

Thoughts & Reflections

Montessori is known for individualized education. This can be misleading, since we hear this and, of course, make our own assumptions about what this means. Maybe I hated math in school, and the idea that my child wouldn’t have to struggle with this brings a sigh of relief. Maybe I hated math, until we got […]

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What Did You Do Today?

Thoughts & Reflections

“What did you do today?” It’s fairly certain every parent since school was started, across time and generations, has asked their child this question a couple times a week. It’s natural. How did you spend your time away from me? And, like their own child will, inevitably, some day long down the road, a child […]

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Learning Social Skills

Thoughts & Reflections

Montessori is founded on an idea that happy children are successful learners. It’s education of the Whole Child; not just focusing on academics but also on internal skills, like tenacity and problem-solving, and interpersonal skills, like patience and responsibility. It’s a bit of circular logic, though, as each of these aspects serves the other, benefits […]

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Every Day Matters

Thoughts & Reflections

Montessori is unique among many early childhood settings in the emphasis on consistency. Montessori schools often offer, if not require, five days a week, even for very young children. Some schools offer part time, whether that be in the form of part of each day, or a selection of days throughout the week but, in […]

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