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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

  Most of us are aware that the United Nations adopted a declaration on the universal rights of the child, but many of us have not read it. Here is the introduction and the link to the full text. We encourage you to revisit it from time to time and reflect on the vital message and vision within.   Convention on the Rights of the Child ADOPTED 20 November 1989 BY General Assembly of the United Nations resolution 44/25 Entry into force: 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49...

Emotionally Healthy ChildrenMFAPrepared EnvironmentPsychologyTC Feb 2022Tomorrow's Child

We’ve Got This!

“Montessori was made for times like this,” said Patty Sobelman, Head of School at Pines Montessori School. Montessori schools worldwide have shifted to what is now our new normal by being adaptable, practical, pragmatic, and humble. If any educational model is adaptable and flexible, while still holding onto its truth and central core, it’s Montessori. It is our global community, our individual schools, and each one of us that carry out this work—a work that has been gifted to us because we...

Children with ExceptionalitiesEmotional Intelligence (EQ)MFAMixed AgesMontessori CurriculumMontessori EducationPlanes of DevelopmentPrepared EnvironmentTC Feb 2022

I think my child is ready to move up to the next class… a year early!

Over the years, it’s quite common for parents to come to us to say that, since their child is so advanced academically, they worry that the class they are in now is not sufficiently challenging. It is not unusual for parents to ask the school to move them up a year early next term. There’s no one response that schools offer, but I think there are a few things to consider. Typically, parental fear of their child being disadvantaged by being the most advanced in a Montessori classroom is...

Child's WorkKindergartenMFAMontessori EducationMontessori ParentingPrimary (3-6)Re-enrollmentTC Feb 2022Tomorrow's Child

The Importance of the Kindergarten Year

Every year in January, one of us will write an article about the importance of children who are turning five completing the three-year cycle of the Montessori Early Childhood program. We do this because this is a decision that is truly important for any child who has grown up, thus far, in a Montessori program. We understand how tempting it is, for parents who have their children enrolled in a non-public Montessori school, to make the switch at Kindergarten to avoid another year of tuition....

Child's WorkEmotional Intelligence (EQ)EmpowermentFamily ResourcesGrace and CourtesyInfant-Toddler (0 to 3)MFAMontessori Family LifeMontessori ParentingPractical LifePrimary (3-6)TC Feb 2022Tomorrow's Child

Raising Helpers

by Theresa of One of the most wonderful things about toddlers is how they so inherently want to help. They are eager to be involved, be near us, and participate in our day-to-day activities. What we deem “chores,” toddlers see as what they are: meaningful contributions to our family or community. After toddlerhood, we often notice a shift. Children seem less intrinsically motivated to help and view helping more as a chore. This is a natural part of development: they...

Family ResourcesGrace and CourtesyMFAMontessori Family LifeMontessori ParentingTC Feb 2022


), Grace and courtesy is often used to mean either rules or manners, or mannerly following of the rules. There are many lists out there about the grace and courtesy lessons that should be presented in the beginning of the year, making it seem to be a “one and remind” lesson. Yet, with not much thought we can see that grace and courtesy lessons need to be given throughout the year, need to be role modeled always, are presented based on observation, and fall into different categories. Dr....

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Messy Spaces for Art and Hobbies

by Tim Seldin and Lorna McGrath An excerpt from Montessori For Every Family, published by DK Press, 2021 In most families, there are hobbies, interests, and activities that can be messy, need to be left in place to continue to work on later, or where special tools and supplies can be kept on hand and are easily found as needed. A messy space like this could be a spare room in your house, in the basement if you have one, or in your family garage. It could be a craft and art studio for...

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Book ReviewsEntrepreneurshipMFATC Feb 2022Tomorrow's Child

Book Reviews

Some of My Favorite Books For Older Children by Tim Seldin Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? A Fast, Clear, and Fun Explanation of the Economics You Need for Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments Written by Richard J. Maybury Edited by Jane A. Williams From Bluestocking Press There is an entire series of interesting books in the Uncle Eric collection. I particularly enjoyed sharing this clearly written, award-winning book about economics. In it, the author offers a clear and...

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The confidence the school has gained by the knowledge gained in this course was evident at our latest parent meeting. We were able to answer the parents’ questions with more affirmation and I could see that our confidence gave them confidence in us. Interesting, I just took my first born child off to college this weekend.

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 Montessori Foundation  International Montessori Council   Montessori Family AllianceThe mission of The Montessori Foundation is to inspire, nurture, and support the development of strong Montessori schools worldwide, with programs serving children from the infant and toddler level through high school. We work to advance Montessori education in the United States and abroad. The Foundation works with educational leaders, teachers, and school board members to promote the insights and...

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