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Towards best Practice: The Educational Program Lunchtime

Towards best Practice: The Educational Program Lunchtime

Lunch should be made a major focus of the day, with children and teachers eating together in their classroom as a community with real tablecloths, napkins, plates, flower vases, pitchers, and silverware. Children should do almost all of the work of setting up, serving, and cleaning. Tablecloths and napkins should be purchased in enough quantity […]

Toward Best Practice: The Exercises of Practical Life

Toward Best Practice: The Exercises of Practical Life

By Tim Seldin and Jonathan Wolff The exercises in Practical Life are the very heart of Montessori education. As young children wash tables, pour liquids, polish silver, sweep and dust, they are developing the inner aptitudes of calmness, order, concentration, coordination, and fine motor skills. At the same time, through the process of learning to […]

Practically Speaking (About Practical Life)

Practically Speaking (About Practical Life)

The practical life exercises are the very foundation for the Montessori classroom. Concentration and development stem from these essential exercises. In this essay, I will discuss the importance of these exercises in conjunction with their aims and presentation. Practical life exercises take on different appearances in different cultures. No matter if a child is setting […]

Reflections on All Day Montessori

Reflections on All Day Montessori

Margot Waltuch, who died in 2003, was one of the best known and dearly loved members of the senior leadership of the international Montessori community. She was one of the last remaining Montessorians who actually knew and worked with Maria Montessori. She spent a long, productive life in Montessori education, setting down in her wonderful […]

The Wonder of Woodworking

The Wonder of Woodworking

Especially since many schools have been forced online by Covid, we have received some letters from parents asking this question: What should we do if our child doesn’t like or bond with her teacher (in person or online)? In a normal year, our advice would typically be to first go to the teacher and try to have an honest conversation directly as adults.

Summertime Montessori Fun for the Whole Family

Summertime Montessori Fun for the Whole Family

ot all Montessori schools run summer programs, but with some careful planning, you can keep your children fully engaged in learning and maintaining skills without having to micromanage them. Over the years, we’ve gathered lots of ideas from lots of places. We’ll just list a few of them here with some guiding principles to keep […]

Table Washing: Why do Montessori Students Spend So Much Time Washing Tables?

Table Washing: Why do Montessori Students Spend So Much Time Washing Tables?

Editor’s Note: If we had a dollar for every time a skeptical parent has questioned the amount of time their young Montessori child spends washing tables …In 2007, Robin Howe (now Robin Howe, EdD) was just starting out his his career as a Montessori teacher at a charter school in Florida. This article originally appeared […]

The Wonder of Woodwork

Marching On…Montessori at Home

It is important that children’s activity during this time at home be joyful, thoughtful, challenging, and supportive of the love of learning. You were your child’s first teacher, providing these facets of education from the beginning, and, as a parent, you are highly capable of being an interim partner in your child’s learning. Effectively replicating […]