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2 Types of Assessment: Which One Do Montessori Schools Prefer?

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Assessment is a topic often discussed in the many corners of the education world.  Whether a child is enrolled in their local public school, an independent school, or is homeschooled, assessment will most likely play a role in that experience.  To what extent it plays varies greatly, however, as does the prevalence of the different styles of assessment.  With NAPLAN happening this week, we thought it was a good time...
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5 Simple Ways to Show Her You Care on Mother’s Day

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Everyone loves to feel appreciated.  With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s a great time to think of how you might show the mums in your life what they mean to you.  Here are five simple ideas to celebrate and care for the woman who cares for everyone. Remember to have a card ready. You could absolutely buy a Mother’s Day card; there are plenty of great ones out...
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5 Ways to Take Learning Outside

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It’s that time of year again. The clocks have changed.  The mornings and evenings are cooler. The daylight is gracing us with its shorter presence and the Sydney sunsets are awe inspiring!  While we believe in the importance of finding fun ways to be outside all year round, prolonging the hold on summer seems to pull us there without the need for any convincing.   Parents often ask us how they...
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Montessori Materials: The Stamp Game

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This post is one a series throughout the school year, where we share information about a different Montessori material. Doing so will help parents who are curious about what goes on in our environments, but it will also give unique insight into Montessori principles and how the method was developed in the first place.  Today we talk about the stamp game. A beloved mathematics material that is used by children...
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Be Kind

By Emotional Wellbeing, FMS Values No Comments
We celebrated Harmony Day this week and it felt good to be together as a community. Let’s take a moment to think about the reason we celebrate: respect and ultimately that means love. And what better way to experience love on a daily basis than to live a life of kindness?  Your children learn kindness by watching others, including their friends, their educators and you. When we take the time to...
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Practical Life for Older Children and Teens

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When people think about Montessori schools, some of the most prominent materials that come to mind are the beautiful practical life opportunities in our Pre Primary (3-6 Years) environments. There are small wooden trays with pouring and transferring works. There are whole lessons dedicated to the arrangement of flowers. The children prepare their own snacks and wash their own dishes. They use special frames that teach them to tie, buckle,...
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Montessori: A Woman Who Flourished in the Face of Adversity

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Dr. Maria Montessori: You probably know her as the woman who created a unique method of educating children. You may know she was from Italy and was one of the nation’s first female physicians. What you may not know is she was a woman who consistently faced adversity throughout her life and still managed to cultivate incredible progress.  During Dr. Montessori’s childhood, literacy rates were very low across Italy. She...
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Children and the News

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It seems like this is as good a time as any to talk about how our children interact with the news. The news simply wasn’t designed with children in mind, and although it is certainly an important part of our lives, we have to remember how it may affect our kids. We hope this guide will give you some helpful tips.  Potential Problems  Before we jump into the problems, we...
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Joining a Montessori Community

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We care for your children and  because we care we want each and every one of them to thrive.  Thriving beyond here at FMS is more than a tagline, it’s a way of being, a way of doing, a way of taking every child on their own unique journey.   Your child is important to us, central to all that we do.  Your hopes and desires for your child matter to...
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Materials Spotlight: Racks and Tubes

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Racks and Tubes, The Test Tubes - they may go by different names, but they’re all the same: a gloriously detailed Montessori division material. Introduced to the child somewhere around the end of Lower Primary (6-9 Years) or beginning of Upper Primary (9-12 Years), the tiny parts are appealing. Adults who have had an opportunity to see the Racks and Tubes used are usually delighted by the way this physical...
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