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In Montessori, Help is Always Nearby

Thoughts & Reflections

Sometimes we just need a bit of a nudge. A little assistance. A reminder of how something works. In the Montessori classroom, help is always nearby. It’s one of the best gifts of a mixed-age setting. With mixed ages comes mixed abilities. I might be the expert at the bow tying frame, but I haven’t […]

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Learning to Learn

Thoughts & Reflections

Traditionally, Kindergarten is a time when children “learn to learn.” You have at least 12 years of education ahead of you, and we need to get certain skills in place first. So much of our educational system is still based on the factory model — groups of same-age children sitting in rows, attending to lecture. […]

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How Montessori Does “Recess”

Thoughts & Reflections

Since the early 2000s, there has been a trend around recess. Well, two trends. As more time was dedicated to the academic part of the school day and less to the free time of recess, there has been increased research regarding the importance of free play, specifically about how it needs to be scheduled into […]

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Modern Writing in Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

We’re very concerned with preparing children for the future. It’s a very unsteady time to be a parent. The world has changed more in the past ten years than in the past hundred, and things really aren’t slowing down. We’re using more technology for more common daily activities, and one thing is for sure — […]

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Redirection in Montessori

Thoughts & Reflections

Redirection is one of those funny terms. We hear it used frequently, and we use this tool in the classroom, but what does it really mean? So often “redirection” is used when “distraction” is what is meant. Redirection is not just a way to avoid a tantrum, though that’s often what happens. In the classroom, […]

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