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A Definition of Play

Thoughts & Reflections

At the Third International Arakawa and Gins: Architecture and Philosophy Conference, a definition of play was articulated by the philosopher Erin Manning. Manning, most recently the author of Relationscapes: Movement, Art and Philosophy, defined “play” as “the practice of practicing”. Now, we think this is the most suitable definition of “play” that we have heard, at least since Montessori […]

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Sweeping Lessons

Thoughts & Reflections

We have a lovely story that we wanted to share. These stories are pretty commonplace in Montessori classrooms throughout the world. Yet, they serve to highlight just how Montessori allows children the opportunity to follow their own interests, without interrupting their thought processes. On a Thursday afternoon, after paper clippings from a scissors activity were […]

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Where Everything Starts

Thoughts & Reflections

Practical life activities serve as the foundation of the Montessori experience. Yet, they are perhaps the most misunderstood component to the Montessori approach to early childhood education. For example, we often hear prospective parents inquire, “But, why do I want my child to learn how to scrub their hands, or wash the dishes? Shouldn’t they, […]

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Montessori Color Tablets

Thoughts & Reflections

One of the very best ways to describe the academics of Montessori is to frame it in terms of two concepts: the abstract and the concrete. On the one hand, the abstract exists in thought. It has no physical or concrete existence, but persists as an idea, quality or state. The concrete, on the other […]

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