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Montessori At Home- Caring for self and Environment (Part 2)

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Last week we introduced a variety of ways to set up your home to make it easy for toddlers and young children to successfully engage in practical life tasks at home (read it again here).   We shared tips for the kitchen, bathroom and living areas. We were reminded that engaging in simple household tasks not only helps young children develop skills, it nurtures their growing sense of agency, the...
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Montessori at Home: Preparation and task guide for young children (Part 1)

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As Montessori families, you know how many practical life activities your children engage with each day at school.  Most families are interested in learning how they can continue to develop these practical skills at home. To help, we have prepared this simple-to-follow list, broken down according to room/location within the home.  It is ideal for families with toddlers (2-3 years) and young children, up to 6 years old. Some of the most important aspects of...
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FMS Parent Survey: Collaboration for our community

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Earlier this year we shared an article titled ‘Strengthening the Family-School Connection.’ In this article, we identified 3 elements we believe are central to building strong school-family connections. They were communication, education and participation. Today, as we prepare to share your feedback from the most recent FMS parent survey, we’d like to add an additional element for the ongoing strength of our school-family connection, and that is collaboration. Collaboration is...
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Reflection on Early Childhood Best Practice Conference

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Last weekend, 4 educators from our birth to 6 community headed off to Brisbane for the 2024 Early Childhood Best Practice Conference.  This was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to connect with Montessori colleagues, sharing their experience and expertise while learning best practice in early childhood from leading Montessori educators.  Our team was delighted to reconnect with past FMS staff members, Linda Strom and Natasha Williams, currently a Montessori...
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It takes a village to educate a child

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They say it takes a village to raise a child, and at FMS, we extend this to educating children too.  The work of educating children is the sum of much more than letters and numbers. A holistic, traditional Montessori education does not stop at the school gate. In fact, it starts at home and extends into our broader families, social groups, community and of course the school itself.  The holistic...
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Montessori Education: the future is now!

By FMS Values, Helpful Hints, Montessori in Action No Comments
Montessori education has been successfully serving children and families around the world for over a century, yet the fundamentals remain – and for good reason! Our methods are consistently backed by current research in education and human development, like this recent article published by The Conversation. While such research is a boon to the reputation of Montessori schools, we are further encouraged by a clear congruence of current Montessori methodologies...
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Strengthening the Family-School Connection

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The school and family connection is important for both parties involved. How do we strengthen it? What does it mean to have a connection between these two? This week’s blog is absolutely full of ideas, and we would love to hear yours too! Our children thrive when home and school environments work cooperatively, communicate well, and share similar educational values and expectations. At FMS, we have been active in sharing...
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Helping children “find their flow” in the school day

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You may have heard the quote” “How you start your day is the way you live your day, how you live your day is how you live your life.’ (Louise Hay).  At the start of the school year, this quote is a great reminder to help our children get the best start to their day so they the best outcomes from their day.  One of the simplest ways to structure...
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Fostering Harmonious Friendships At School

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At the start of a new school year, our focus turns to routine, academics and extra-curricular activities. For children however, one of the most important aspects of returning to school is friendship.  School friendships can, and should, be a source of great joy and inspiration for all children. Unfortunately, we know this is not always the case.  Friendships at school have a profound impact on the child’s sense of security,...
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Family Holiday Rituals

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The holidays are a wonderful time to start rituals as a family. If you have a few you already practice, this read will give you some more to add to your list. The extended time we have with our children over the summer holidays is a great opportunity to create family and holiday rituals. In his book, Ritual: How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth Living, anthropologist Dimitris Xygalatas explains...
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