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Toddlers International Pre-School

Toddlers International Pre-School

NOTE: This is a peak into a developing Montessori school in Nepal in their own words. You may find things in this school that are similar to your school and others that sound distinctly different. There are many threads within the Montessori tapestry. About the School: Toddlers International Pre-School was established in 2012. aiming for […]

Book Review: Creating a Real School By Larry and Pat Schaefer with Lori Sturdevant

Book Review: Creating a Real School By Larry and Pat Schaefer with Lori Sturdevant

Thank you, Larry and Pat, for documenting with such love and detail the history and process of the creation of Lake Country School. What an amazing and inspiring story for all of us who aspire to create a school from scratch or to further develop an already existing school! Lake Country School in Minneapolis, Minnesota […]

Everyone Can Teach Poetry

Everyone Can Teach Poetry

Poetry is art without a paint brush and clay; poetry teaches you to paint with and mold words until you have created something beautiful. It doesn’t need to make sense or follow correct writing etiquette like every other type of writing. There are no rules or boundaries. It is a way to express thoughts and […]

Maximizing The ROI Of Your Staff’s Time

Maximizing The ROI Of Your Staff’s Time

Going Digital I became the new Head of School at Montessori School of Fort Myers in September 2013 with the intention of heeding the sage advice given to me: spend the first two weeks simply observing; don’t try to change anything yet. And so, I did. I took these first few weeks to observe the […]

Saving Mother Earth: Addressing Climate Change In The Montessori Classroom

Saving Mother Earth: Addressing Climate Change In The Montessori Classroom

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and one of the biggest challenges facing the international community today. Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town alerts us to this fact: “Climate change is the greatest human-induced crisis facing the world today. It is totally indiscriminate of […]

Some Thoughts on Staff Interactions

Some Thoughts on Staff Interactions

t The Montessori Foundation, we regularly receive queries regarding policies for relationships between staff and parents. Many school heads express concerns over issues ranging from staff being “friends” with parents on Facebook, to babysitting for school families, to … in some cases, actual romantic involvements. The issues span those which are merely internal or personal […]

Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit: “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” —  Parenting adage

Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit: “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” — Parenting adage

inancial security is one of the long-term goals parents wish for their children. Being financially secure has connotations of knowing how to make money, how to save money, and how to use money to help others. Financially secure suggests that we have a realistic expectation about the amount of work it takes to make a […]

Bilingualism & False Diagnosis

Bilingualism & False Diagnosis

n many countries bilingualism is a steadily growing phenomenon that shapes and affects the learning process of children at homes and schools. The most popular second languages in Egypt are English, French, and German. Many parents prefer their children to be schooled in a foreign language rather than their native mother tongue. Being fully bilingual […]

Evaluating & Reporting on Student Progress in a Montessori School

Evaluating & Reporting on Student Progress in a Montessori School

“Here is the essential principle of education: to teach details is to bring confusion; to establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge.”— Maria Montessori, Childhood to Adolescence he Montessori curriculum is carefully structured and sequenced, and teachers maintain careful records of each child’s progress. Because Montessori Schools do not compare students against arbitrary […]

Seeing Red Flags in the Classroom: Setting Up Strategies for Student Success

Seeing Red Flags in the Classroom: Setting Up Strategies for Student Success

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School re we seeing more learning differences in children? This is a question that teachers have repeatedly asked me. They are seeing students who struggle with concentration issues, processing information, an inability to follow multiple-step procedures or directions, sensory challenges, and an inability to capture thoughts on paper. And more importantly, […]

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