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The Importance of the Third (Kindergarten) Year in the Children’s House

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It’s that time of year again… Schools and parents alike are planning for next school year.  If your child has been in a Montessori class for a year or two, you may be thinking ahead to kindergarten.  In Australia, the public school system offers kindergarten, and many parents are curious about this transitional year.  This post is meant to highlight the important reasons why a child benefits from that final...
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Amongst the Treetops

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It’s hard to imagine our world without trees.  Silent and towering, they give us far more than we give them. Our children have a natural fascination with trees, from the time they are very young.  We are so lucky at Forestville Montessori School to be surrounded by beautiful trees.  This week we celebrate these magnificent plants with a list of books that we hope will inspire and cultivate awe and...
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Why Montessori in the time of COVID-19?

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We know parents have choices when it comes to their children’s education. We know these choices are not easy. There are many factors to consider, but  have you thought about why Montessori students could adapt so well to Learning from Home during COVID-19? Independence is a key factor.  Montessori education has been successfully serving children and families around the world for over a century. The basics remain - and for...
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Learning from Home

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Little did we know when we celebrated the countdown to 2020 that we would find ourselves navigating a global pandemic.  It feels like we are living in our own movie.  If only is was The Truman show, we could step off set and get back to life as normal.  Yet we all know we cannot. Across the world, many schools have already closed.  Here in Australia our schools are not...
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Science in Montessori

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Science is a major component of the Montessori curriculum. It gives children opportunities to learn about fascinating areas of study very early in their schooling.  Science in our Montessori classrooms is not taught in isolation. It provides children with a clear thinking approach to gathering information and problem solving. The scope of the Montessori curriculum includes a sound introduction to botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. When this approach...
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Engaged or Bored? How to Tell What Your Child is Feeling at School

By Emotional Wellbeing, Montessori Basics, Montessori Learning, Montessori Philosophy No Comments
How do you know what your child is feeling at school? A familiar scenario: your child comes home from school, and you, the interested parent, eagerly ask them how their day was and what they did.  While some children will happily relay the day’s events, most shrug and say, “Good” without offering any detail.  Don’t worry - this is totally normal.  After all, it’s not even really a question about...
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Making a Difference – What is 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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