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Montessori and Discipline

Thoughts & Reflections

The famous British philosopher Bertrand Russell describes the Montessori approach to discipline, in his book “On Education”. Here’s Russell, in 1926: “I had always understood that Madame Montessori dispensed with discipline, and I had wondered how she managed a roomful of children. On reading her own account of her methods, I found that discipline still […]

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Through the Generations

Thoughts & Reflections

A few weeks ago, we received a rather lovely email from a member of our community. He was interested in donating his mother’s sea shell collection. Primarily, he wanted to see if we would be receptive to the idea, and perhaps more importantly, he wanted to see if the sea shells would be put to […]

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A Day in the Life of a Montessori Student

Thoughts & Reflections

Meet one of our newest and youngest students, Eileen. She’s not yet three. On Friday, October 29, 2010, we decided to follow her around the classroom. We wanted to share with you a day in the life of a Montessori student. Okay, let’s start. After Eileen greets Mrs. Maltai and Mrs. George with a “Good […]

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Self-Directed Learning

Thoughts & Reflections

Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired Magazine, published an interesting article in The New York Times Magazine special issue on education and technology. The title of the article is, “Homeschooling for the Techno Literate“. Kelly describes, with an incredible degree of accuracy, his decision to homeschool his eighth grade son and the type of activities they […]

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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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