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Spontaneous Kindness

Thoughts & Reflections

We want children to be kind. It’s behind all our attempts to have children apologize, or adult-directed sharing. We want our children to exhibit empathy, to be Woke, to see Self in the Other — we want to see spontaneous kindness. But how do we teach empathy? If it’s not through “making” children act in […]

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This is a test

Thoughts & Reflections

In the Montessori primary classroom, we approach literacy differently than one might expect. We write before we read. Writing is a natural next step from speaking. We highlight the sounds in words, and the Sandpaper Letters are a visual symbol for each sound. Writing begins with composition, arranging the letters of the Moveable Alphabet to […]

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Homework for Vacation

Thoughts & Reflections

It’s that time of year. We’re planning how we’ll spend these three hot months. Long days, longer car rides, and the shortest season of the year, it seems. It’s natural to want to ensure children continue to learn, to avoid “that summer slide,” we read (and write!) about. School resumes in the Fall, and we […]

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Some Words of Advice to Teachers, 1924 – Maria Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

In this short, little known, but highly influential and impactful text, Maria Montessori lays out some words of advice for teachers: “Anticipating some of the questions which will certainly be put to me, I shall give some recommendations regarding mistakes which I have observed during my visits to Montessori schools. These mistakes, apparently slight and […]

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I Must Mean What I Say

Thoughts & Reflections

We talk a lot. We say a lot of words, some of them empty and some of them dramatic, some of them casual and some of them heartrending. As adults, we’ve learned to hear the difference. The sarcasm and the pain, the glee and the anticipation. We know those sayings and euphemisms, what I really […]

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