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Montessori and Peace Education

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Our world is often a tumultuous and scary place.  How can we help our children feel safe and cared for, while preparing them to lead the way as adults?  How can we cultivate empathy, kindness, gratitude, and the sense of community that helps people work together?  Montessori education has been addressing these issues for over a hundred years.  Sometimes the lessons are direct; at other times they are more subtle. ...
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Book List: Help Me Do It Myself

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“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” -Dr. Maria Montessori   One of the most critical values of Montessori education is the fostering of independence. Our children need our support, but we are tasked with the gradual release of this support. Doing so is a challenge, for no two children are exactly alike and we are required to observe carefully and be flexible in...
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Choose to Challenge

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"Choose to challenge" is the 2021 International Women’s Day theme, celebrated on Monday 8th March.  If there’s one woman in history who did just that it’s Maria Montessori.  We would like to share a little bit about the woman herself, the course this remarkable educational movement has taken, and where we are today.  Education, Service, and Drive, From the Start  In a seaside town in Italy, Maria Montessori was born in August of 1870....
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What is Cosmic Education?

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As your child nears the end of their early childhood years and edges toward primary, you may begin hearing the term cosmic education. Ever wondered what Montessorians are referring to when they say this? The short answer is that cosmic education is the term Maria Montessori gave to the primary cultural curriculum (and by cultural, we mean history, science, and geography).   As you may have guessed, to truly understand cosmic education, it takes much more than a short answer! Read on...
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7 Major Ways Montessori is Different

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There’s no doubt about it: Montessori is different. From the moment you step foot into our school, you know it’s unlike any conventional school.   We like it that way. We know what we’re offering is special, and the families who seek out our school are usually looking for something different.   What, exactly, makes Montessori special? Read on to learn just a few of the many ways.  1. Freedom Within Limits ...
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From Hand Washing to Entrepreneurship 

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Practical life is one of Montessori education's core components, and it’s one of the vital elements that make it stand out from other models. The work comes in a variety of forms, too. Educators give direct lessons, children are afforded time and space to practice, and much of the learning is built authentically into the daily routine.   What practical life looks like throughout the different stages of childhood is where things get...
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6 Effective Ways to Be an Engaged Parent

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Research has shown time and time again that parent involvement is critical to children’s success. Click here for more information. We all want to take an active role in our child’s education, but sometimes it can be a challenge to discern just where our efforts are best spent. Below we touch on six critical areas that all parents can focus on to make a big difference.  1. Make Connections  Consider the whole school...
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A Montessori Dictionary

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Hollis Montessori have shared a 'Montessori Dictionary', helping families understand some of the common terms used in a Montessori environment. Absorbent Mind – A mind able to absorb knowledge quickly and effortlessly.  Montessori said the child from birth to six years has an “absorbent mind.”  Adaptation – Related to the idea of an absorbent mind (Haines, 1993) is a special power of the young child that can be called the power of adaptation.  This...
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Some Observations on History

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"It is the cultivation of the human personality of every individual that will form the new world.” Maria Montessori     The 2020 Treasure Article is an adaptation of a text that Maria Montessori wrote in 1948, during her second stay in India. She ponders on our outlook and interpretation of history — a topic that could not be more fitting in a time that is bringing so much new wisdom and new insights...
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The Rights of a Child

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‘Childhood has shown me that all humanity is one.” Maria Montessori   Thirty-one years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international agreement on childhood.  It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world.  The Rights of the Child according to the United...
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