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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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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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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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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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150 Years: Supporting the Growth of Montessori for All Children

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Image credit: Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) This article is part of a series that we will share throughout the 2020-2021 school year to celebrate the 150th birthday of Dr. Maria Montessori. Check back often for more posts that reflect on the past, present, and future of Montessori education. If you’re reading this article, you are likely already a champion of Montessori education. At the very least, you’ve heard anecdotes or...
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More Than Just Good Manners

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If you are a Montessori parent or just beginning to learn about Montessori education, you’ve probably heard the phrase  grace and courtesy.  You may be wondering what that means in a Montessori classroom, and why we go out of our way to identify it as something special. Simply put,  grace and courtesy is all about helping children to understand polite social norms. As a Montessori school, we understand that even...
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A mother and child cooking, creating family rituals

Creating Family Rituals

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“See you in the morning, Hoot, Hoot,” sings my daughter, “See you in the morning, Hoot Hoot,” me echoing a reply. This is the silly song you would hear in our family home every night before my daughter goes to bed.  It started after watching Giggle and Hoot when she was oh so young and we’ve continued ever since.  Now she tells me that is she goes for a sleepover...
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