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Practical Life for the Holidays

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The holiday season is nearly upon us, and no matter how you celebrate, this time of year is often steeped in family traditions. The foods, smells, decorations, songs, and gifts echo in our memories for a lifetime. As a parent, it can be magical to experience the holidays through your child’s eyes; everything is so exciting and full of wonder.   Many families involve their children in preparing for special days...
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Book List: Graphic Novels (ages 6-18)

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Graphic novels are having a moment. There was a time not long ago when it was easy for most adults to view them as “not real” books. Today we know that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many graphic novels are of very high quality; the plots and characters are well developed, and they are recognised for the important contribution they make to youth literature. They can motivate reluctant readers...
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5 Ways to Support Independence as They Grow

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“The child's development follows a path of successive stages of independence, and our knowledge of this must guide us in our behaviour towards him. We have to help the child to act, will and think for himself. This is the art of serving the spirit, an art which can be practised to perfection only when working among children.” -Dr. Maria Montessori.  It’s nothing new to hear us advocating for children’s...
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Materials Highlight: Miniature Environment and the Grammar Boxes

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We love grammar! This probably doesn’t come as any surprise, considering we work at a school. In our humble opinion, Montessori grammar materials are so beautiful, and they do a great job of drawing kids in to learn about something many of us dreaded when we were kids ourselves.  I for one can still recall the most boring grammar lesson at school.  In fact, I reckon I didn’t learn English...
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Materials Highlight: The Fraction Insets

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For this month’s Materials Highlight we bring you the fraction insets; a beautiful set of metal templates resting on slanted wooden trays. As you can see in the photo above, the insets range from one whole through tenths, and each piece has a small knob allowing children to move them easily.   But before we get to the insets, perhaps we should back up just a bit.   Prior to an introduction to fractions,...
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4 Montessori Quotes That Give Us Perspective

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I’ve often said that Maria Montessori has a quote for everything.  When you start to read her vast body of work, it’s no wonder.  Dr. Maria Montessori was a scientist and physician, first and foremost. She stumbled her way into education when she observed the mistreatment of children put into her care. She recognised that adults (especially at the time) did not give children the credit and respect they deserved, and this launched...
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Stop Tantrums and Defiance in 4 steps with Lorena Seidel

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In our latest blog, we share Lorena Seidel's incredible presentation on Tantrums and Defiance. Lorena Seidel M.Ed. is a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Consultant, a certified Montessori teacher, a trained Positive Discipline Educator, a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR teacher, and a mother of three. In this video, Lorena will share various tools and strategies to help parents thrive at parenting and create an emotionally intelligent home. She answers parent questions, and...
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An Education for Life and for Peace

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“I beg the dear all-powerful children to unite with me for the building of peace in Man and in the world.’ Dr Maria Montessori. These words, that can be found on Maria Montessori's tombstone, are an indication of the immense respect she had for children and her incredible belief in their potential.  For those families who joined us at the Alumni Q&A recently, you would’ve heard for yourself just how much...
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Why Montessori in the time of COVID-19?

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We know parents have choices when it comes to their children’s education. We know these choices are not easy. There are many factors to consider, but  have you thought about why Montessori students could adapt so well to Learning from Home during COVID-19? Independence is a key factor.  Montessori education has been successfully serving children and families around the world for over a century. The basics remain - and for...
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6 Simple Reminders: Self-Care for Parents

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Parenting is an amazing life experience. We all know how lucky we are to watch our children as they grow into the people they are meant to be. We try to stop and appreciate the little moments. We take hundreds of photos. We try to prepare them healthy food and space to run and play. We tell them we love them and do our very best to really be present. ...
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