Baan Dek

Asking Children for Consent, Permission, Their Opinion

Thoughts & Reflections

For a podcast of this post, listen here or subscribe on iTunes. Baan Dek · Episode 119 – Asking Children for Consent, Permission, Their Opinion If you’ve known about Montessori for more than about three minutes, there’s a high likelihood you’ve heard about respect for children, choice, freedom, language. In fact, there’s a strong chance […]

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This Year Is Different

Thoughts & Reflections

For a podcast of this post, listen here or subscribe on iTunes.  Baan Dek · Episode 118 – This Year Is Different The start of the school year is always a bit bittersweet. Every start is also an ending, and it’s natural — healthy, even — to grieve a loss while we’re excited for […]

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How much SHOULD I be doing at home?

Thoughts & Reflections

These days, life looks different, doesn’t it? Many of us are working and learning from home, and even those of us who are essential workers are coming to a very different workspace each day. It’s amazing the places we’re finding help. Maybe it’s: a friend we didn’t realize knows how to sew making us masks, […]

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Baan Dek

Time for Celebration

Thoughts & Reflections

Every spring, families in Primary Montessori programs are making a really big decision: what to do about Kindergarten? Whether this decision is tumultuous with easily identified pros and cons, or whether this decision has been made since the earliest days — to remain in Montessori as long as possible, to start at the neighborhood elementary […]

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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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