Baan Dek

The Montessori Work Cycle

Thoughts & Reflections

“What did you work on?” is such a common question. We send photos home to share a child’s work, perhaps spur some conversation about a recent accomplishment or new favorite material, or oh that’s your friend Kevin! Looks like you’re having a great time! We focus so much on the work, we can sometimes gloss […]

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The Montessori Sensitive Periods

Thoughts & Reflections

Written by Sonia Khanvilkar The child beginning from birth onwards is striving for Independence. This child possesses a brain quite different than an adult. Dr. Montessori termed this brain an “Absorbent Mind.” Literally to the word, the mind of a child from birth to age six is absorbing everything in his surroundings. They are taking […]

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Beautiful Consequences

Thoughts & Reflections

Consequence seems like such a negative phrase. Consequence is punishment, punitive, prison. I’m going to make you regret that mistake. You’ll absolutely learn from this experience, and I’m going to make sure of it. Consequence has no innate negativity. The definition is, “a result or effect of an action or condition.” There’s nothing bad about […]

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Thoughts & Reflections

We have this tendency to see things not as they are, but as we are. Things are not good or bad, the glass isn’t half-full or half-empty, it’s just how we choose, or how we’ve trained our brains, to view things. Sometimes it’s habitual, other times it’s the side of the bed we woke up […]

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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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