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50 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning

50 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning

50 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning by Cheryl Allen Summer is a time of more daylight, warmer temperatures, and more time outdoors. We may think that, for children who are out of school in the summer, it is not a time of learning. Yet, it can be an incredible time of...
Raising Helpers

Raising Helpers

by Theresa of Montessoriinreallife.com 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...
Some Of Our Favorite Supplies For An Art Area In Your Home

Some Of Our Favorite Supplies For An Art Area In Your Home

“As well as being part of our history and a way of understanding other people’s experiences, art is also a form of personal expression, like poetry, song, dance, and telling stories. It is a form of human connection that can evoke feelings, thoughts, and hopefully...
Montessori Grandparenting: We Are All Stewards of the Earth

Montessori Grandparenting: We Are All Stewards of the Earth

Have you been observing this young student from Sweden? Greta Thunberg is a teenager who is credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by global warming/climate change, and with holding politicians accountable for their lack of action on the climate...
Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

by Rachel Buechler A little girl sits at the table with the Snap Dressing Frame. She has picked it up several times before today and quickly returned it to its stand after a short attempt. Today she picks it up and places it on the table. She tries the first snap; it...
If iPad Will I Touch Tablets? Montessori and Technology

If iPad Will I Touch Tablets? Montessori and Technology

What are we (as Montessori educators and parents) to do with this new reality? What will Montessori be in an ever-changing future? We now live in an ever-changing future, and our Montessori goals are necessary preparations for children who need to learn how to adapt....
Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori

Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori

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Portfolios of Children’s Work

Portfolios of Children’s Work

Portfolios of children’s work can make it much easier for parents to get a sense of their children’s progress. Parents often feel frustrated with Montessori because, with no text and workbooks, they feel like they haven’t a clue what their child may, or may not, be learning in school. American parents don’t like to experiment […]

Free Chosen Activity means Freely Chosen All the Time

Free Chosen Activity means Freely Chosen All the Time

It makes no sense to me that a pedagogical approach based on spontaneous activity and free choice in the classroom would presume to dictate what a child should be doing at home. The idea of assigning homework is appropriated from the conventional schooling paradigm – sometimes because Montessori teachers have insufficient faith in the child […]

Understanding the Three-Hour Work Cycle

Understanding the Three-Hour Work Cycle

Tired and agitated, Sara got ready for bed. What had happened to the day? She had woken up fresh that morning, ready to have a productive day. During breakfast, Sara’s assistant had called to alert Sara that she wouldn’t be in to copy the reports for the next day’s meeting. When Sara went to make […]