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Meet our FMS Alumni – Lucy Allen

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Lucy Allen, an FMS Alumni, shares how her time at Forestville Montessori School helped develop her love of learning as well as a sense of who she is, her strengths and interests. Hear more about Lucy's experiences following her primary education at FMS. “As a student, you’re not asked to leave your thoughts, experiences and who you truly are at the door.  Each and every child is celebrated in all...
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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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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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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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Beyond Accomplished – Expanding Horizons

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As a graduating student from Forestville Montessori School at the end of Term 4 2020, Ella Williams has many happy memories and lots of insight about what makes her school special. “Friendly people, that’s one of the best things about FMS.  All the children and all the staff are really friendly.  It makes me feel so comfortable being here.’ Commented Ella. She had lots of praise for her teachers and...
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A Snapshot of the Third (Kindergarten )Year in the Children’s House

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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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