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5 Tips to Bring Montessori Home

Thoughts & Reflections

Families want to be supportive of their children’s development. We all get the same 24 hours in the day, so whether our work is unpaid as a primary caregiver or takes us outside the home for most of the day and many special occasions, between chores and school and sleep and the zillion other unnameable […]

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Observation: A Method for Seeing Each Child

Thoughts & Reflections

Observation : Really Seeing Each Child Observation is a valuable tool that grants deeper understanding of the activities, behaviors, and personalities of children within a Montessori classroom. Because the Montessori method is so individualized in its aim to cater to the unique needs and talents of each respective child, staff members work hard to know […]

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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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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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