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Focused on Friends (or Fenemies!)

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During their primary years, it can seem like our children are only focused on friends (and frenemies!). We hear about what happened at recess or who they sat with at lunch. They come home with elaborate accounts of being wronged. It’s easy to begin to wonder what they are really learning at school!  In Montessori we always try to understand what is happening developmentally, so we can address children’s needs...
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The Role of the Montessori Teacher?

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What, exactly, is the role of the Montessori teacher?  How is it so different from that of any other teacher? Sometimes it’s easiest to begin by explaining what a Montessori teacher isn’t. A Montessori teacher is less like the traditional idea of an instructor, and more like a gentle guide.  They don’t consider it their job to give a child information.  They rather lead children in the general direction and...
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Materials Spotlight: The Puzzle Maps

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Today we celebrate and explain the Montessori puzzle maps. Beautifully and colourfully painted and carefully crafted out of wood, they can be found in both the Pre-Primary (3-6 Years) and Lower Primary (6-9 Years) classrooms. While they are used differently in the two environments, educators take a developmentally appropriate approach to utilising this beautiful geography material.  The Material  In a Montessori classroom, one will find a wooden rack that contains...
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Materials Highlight: Geometry From the Start

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When many of us think of our geometry education, we have thoughts of identifying shapes in kindergarten, and then taking a class or two in high school. The truth is, children are fully capable, and enthusiastically prepared, to learn so much more at a much younger age. While we can’t possibly cover our entire curriculum in one short article, we’ll share some of the highlights. It begins (perhaps unsurprisingly) in our...
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Montessori vs. Daycare: 5 Key Differences

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Many families rely on childcare while their children are still young. Figuring out the best place to drop your little one off every day is a big decision. Parents want to ensure their child spends their days safe, comfortable, and happy, and under the watchful eye of well-trained and competent adults.   Daycare is the obvious choice for many parents…that is, until they become aware of other options.  If you’re reading...
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Montessori Basics: Geography

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Geography: a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface. Geography is a commonly taught subject in most schools, with children learning about maps, the globe, and various countries and land features. Montessori schools do this as well, but as with most subjects, we tend to take things a bit deeper (even for our younger students). This...
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2 Types of Assessment: Which One Do Montessori Schools Prefer?

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Assessment is a topic often discussed in the many corners of the education world.  Whether a child is enrolled in their local public school, an independent school, or is homeschooled, assessment will most likely play a role in that experience.  To what extent it plays varies greatly, however, as does the prevalence of the different styles of assessment.  With NAPLAN happening this week, we thought it was a good time...
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5 Ways to Take Learning Outside

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It’s that time of year again. The clocks have changed.  The mornings and evenings are cooler. The daylight is gracing us with its shorter presence and the Sydney sunsets are awe inspiring!  While we believe in the importance of finding fun ways to be outside all year round, prolonging the hold on summer seems to pull us there without the need for any convincing.   Parents often ask us how they...
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Montessori Materials: The Stamp Game

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This post is one a series throughout the school year, where we share information about a different Montessori material. Doing so will help parents who are curious about what goes on in our environments, but it will also give unique insight into Montessori principles and how the method was developed in the first place.  Today we talk about the stamp game. A beloved mathematics material that is used by children...
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Practical Life for Older Children and Teens

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When people think about Montessori schools, some of the most prominent materials that come to mind are the beautiful practical life opportunities in our Pre Primary (3-6 Years) environments. There are small wooden trays with pouring and transferring works. There are whole lessons dedicated to the arrangement of flowers. The children prepare their own snacks and wash their own dishes. They use special frames that teach them to tie, buckle,...
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