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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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Supporting Your Child’s Emotions During Uncertain Times

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With today’s reported COVID cases the highest ever in NSW, we are certainly facing uncertain times ahead and with enormous challenges we did not predict or expect. With Level 4 Lockdown doomed to continue in Sydney, our children are likely to be Learning from Home for longer.  As parents, you are no doubt juggling working from home whilst managing your children at home.  The streets are eerily silent, and grocery stores are weird places. We’re all a little on edge, but as you might imagine,...
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Food Glorious Food – Home Edition

By Helpful Hints, Parenting No Comments
Food preparation as a skill is an integral element of any Montessori classroom. While specific lessons feature most prominently during the Toddler and Pre-School  years, our lower and upper primary educators  find ways to teach children these important skills throughout the year as well.  Learning one’s way around the kitchen is a skill that couldn’t be easier to translate at home. Parents - you can support this important learning as often as you like;...
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Meet our FMS Alumni – Idette Warburton

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Idette Warburton, an FMS Alumni, share her thoughts on the importance of a child’s early education and some memories from her time as a student at FMS. She believes that “a child’s primary years are the truly academic years and getting this foundation right is critical in a child’s development and performance beyond primary school.  Montessori truly is an education for life.” 
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Helping Your Child Speak Up

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A big part of becoming a successful, independent member of society is being able to advocate for oneself.  We all need to know our own worth, and we need to feel confident enough to speak up for what we require in life.   This is hard for lots of people - adults included - so it makes sense that we teach our children the skills from an early age and continue...
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Meet our FMS Alumni – Dan Allen

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Dan Allen, an FMS Alumni, shares how his time at Forestville Montessori School gave him a strong foundation to build his future on, enabling him to pursue his passions in life: "Montessori enabled me to pursue my passions and think of challenges and obstacles in a different way. When I faced challenges in school or now at work, my time at Montessori gave me the ability to take them on...
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How to Raise a Resilient Child

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Resiliency, or the ability to recover after periods of hardship or difficulty, is a critical skill for us all to have. There are so many factors that contribute to a person’s levels of resilience, and it can be nurtured and strengthened at any age. In this post we take a closer look at how parents can help their children develop this important ability. (The good news is, you’re already doing...
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Meet our FMS Alumni – Jemima Barnes

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Jemima Barnes, an FMS Alumni, shares how her current role as a Speech Pathologist reflects and incorporates the Montessori principles she learnt whilst at FMS – including learning through materials and being a self-motivated learner. "School really was fun. I was self-directed, learning what I wanted to learn. Being in a classroom with 3 different age groups taught me to learn from older children and to become a mentor and...
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