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Follow the Child

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Follow the child. It’s a beautiful, perfect, profound, and frequently used Montessori mantra. Our entire educational approach is built upon those three words. They are backed by science, proven by generations of children, and consistently revered by families around the world. It seems so simple, but the truth is, everyday life can make them seem so challenging. Today we break it down into five real, manageable ways to “follow the...
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A Note of Gratitude on Montessori’s Birthday

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Dear Dr. Montessori,  Wednesday, August 31, 2022, marked 152 years since you were born.   The world is a very different place today than it was then. I wonder if you ever contemplated your own early days and how your world shaped you. You once said: “The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.” Would anyone have guessed that baby Maria would eventually become one of the...
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From Independence to Interdependence

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In Montessori, we talk a lot about independence. However, one of the lesser known or understood aspects of Montessori is that independence isn’t the end goal.  As humans, we are each wonderful, unique individuals. But we don’t exist in isolation. We live amongst other wonderful, unique individuals! In order to effectively live in community with other people, though, we need to be able to function independently. Said another way, before...
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Resetting our Thinking: Why the Montessori Environment for 6-12 Year Olds is Different from the 3-6 Environment.

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This article was originally published by Trillium Montessori and is adapted to reflect FMS learning environments.  When people talk about Montessori education often what is described is a 3-6 classroom experience. Most people think it is an education only for pre-schoolers and are quite surprised that there are Montessori environments for primary and high school students, and even the aged! We know that the 3-6 is the age of development...
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On the Topic of Competition

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You may have noticed that in Montessori schools, we do not typically encourage competition between children.  Our lack of traditional grading is one obvious marker of this approach, but you will notice that the lack of peer competition threads itself pretty much throughout the entire program.  This is quite intentional, and we work hard to give children a foundation built on competition with oneself, rather than with others.    It is...
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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 Simple Ways to Show Her You Care on Mother’s Day

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Everyone loves to feel appreciated.  With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s a great time to think of how you might show the mums in your life what they mean to you.  Here are five simple ideas to celebrate and care for the woman who cares for everyone. Remember to have a card ready. You could absolutely buy a Mother’s Day card; there are plenty of great ones out...
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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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