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Books About Kindness

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“Let us treat them, therefore, with all the kindness we would wish to develop in them.”  Maria Montessori Tomorrow, Friday 13th November is World Kindness Day.  If there is any year our generation has needed kindness in the world, it’s been this year.  Are you finding that people around you are kinder?   I am.  I’m also finding that people have slowed down and stopped rushing around being busy for busy...
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Grace and Courtesy: More Than Manners

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Sometimes it can feel like our society has abandoned previous social norms. In some ways, this is a good thing, especially when social norms are not inclusive or are harmful. Many of these norms, however, are important in nurturing a society in which human beings treat each other with kindness and respect. Somewhere along the way we forgot our manners. This brings us to a critical element in Montessori education:...
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Series to Get Hooked On: A Book List to Keep Them Reading!

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When was the last time you read a book that was so good you hated to see it end? Perhaps it was part of a series and you quickly got your hands on the next book, or perhaps it was an author’s style that you loved so you began reading everything you could find that they’d written. New readers can experience the same feeling. All it takes is one truly...
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Montessori Basics: Following the Child

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“When a child is given a little leeway, he will at once shout, ’I want to do it!’ But in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children’s needs, they say, ‘Help me to do it alone.’ ” - Maria Montessori in The Secret of Childhood Montessorians are often heard saying, “Follow the child.” It’s a statement that guides us each day and drives our work in very particular...
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Thrive at Five

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When Maria Montessori developed her educational method, she created programs that encompass a three-year learning cycle. This three-year cycle corresponds with Montessori’s planes of development, each of which spans six years of the child’s life: First plane: 0–6 years (Absorbent Mind) Second plane: 6–12 years (Childhood) Third plane: 12–18 years (Adolescence) Fourth plane: 18–24 years (Young Adult) Within each plane of development, there is a natural separation and transformation that...
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Beyond a Curriculum: Offering the Universe to the 6 to 12-Year-Old

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What is it that makes Montessori for primary aged students different? What is it that the primary teachers plan and deliver? What do the children actually learn in the primary classrooms? Sometimes it can be a little unclear as to what is going on in the 6-9 and 9-12 classrooms. Parents receive snippets of information from Transparent Classroom. It provides them with a list of activities and how their child is progressing. Children may or...
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Beyond Accomplished – Expanding Horizons

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When asked where she would like to have her photograph take, graduating student Ria Aung-Thein thought for a moment then was very sure of her desired environment: “The Birth-3 cottage because that’s where I started at FMS.” Back where it all began, Ria joined the school when she was 3 months old in our NIDO Program and then moved to Parent Toddler.  She wasn’t able to join the Toddler Program...
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Kids and Devices – Technology in Montessori Environments

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Believe it or not, the concept of technology in Montessori environments is a rather controversial one.  On one hand, we want our children to be prepared for whatever may lie ahead in this digital age.  On the other hand, research is leading us to determine what is best for the health and learning of young children in regard to the use of devices. As Montessorians, one of our first considerations...
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Moving Up – Transitioning ‘The Montessori Way’ from the Children’s House to the Lower Primary (6-9 Years)

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In a mainstream school setting, which most of us come from, we are used to children moving up to a new class at the start of each new year. While children have specific moments of development, Montessori saw that each and every human has their own unique path, and their own time of ‘readiness’ to learn something new or progress to something more challenging. This is why we plan a...
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Five Reasons to Share Why You Chose Montessori

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You made the decision to enroll your child (or children) in a Montessori school and you couldn’t be happier.  You see the benefits, you relish in the joy your child has for learning, and you know you made the right choice.  But for whatever reason, you may hesitate to share this with other parents.  Why do families hesitate to actively advocate for Montessori?  Here are five reasons to reconsider: It’s...
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