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Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Damariscotta Montessori School uses positive discipline, which is implemented in a developmentally and age-appropriate fashion to meet the needs of the individual child. Our focus is on how to help children resolve problems and empower them to have a successful...
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...
Preparing an Early Childhood Learning Environment

Preparing an Early Childhood Learning Environment

  Editor’s Note: We know that the authors of this article really meant it to help teachers remember how important setting up children’s environments is to maximize the potential of each child at each stage during the early childhood years. However, because of how...
Weather Kids

Weather Kids

by E.G.Gutierrez NAME OF ACTIVITY: Weather Kids AREA: Science/Weather MATERIALS: A class notebook, colored pencils. AIMS: Observation skills, communication, data collection. PREPARATION: None PRESENTATION BY THE TEACHER: Presentation: You can explain weather to the children as the way it outside; is it sunny, cloudy, rainy, hot, cold, warm, cool, windy? How does it look or […]

Science for Everyday — Student Assessment Question List

Science for Everyday — Student Assessment Question List

  Student Assessment Question List: from “Science for Everyday; A Montessori Based Science Curriculum” by Erin Galvin Gutierrez Student assessment in the form of questions tends to be an effective tool. Some questions teachers may consider about students follow: Are they grasping the processes involved in the lesson? Are they able to carry out the […]

Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

This PDF file is an excerpt from our book, the Montessori Way, by Paul Epstein and Tim Seldin, Copyright 2003 There is an ironic prejudice about education found in almost every country: the older the students are that one teaches, the higher the pay and respect for the teacher. We take it for granted that […]

List of Recommended Montessori Materials: Age 3 to 6

List of Recommended Montessori Materials: Age 3 to 6

This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file with a detailed list of the Montessori materials recommended by the Montessori Foundation for an early childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6) class. Download File

Five day a week attendance

Five day a week attendance

A parent wrote, “I am the board president of a Montessori School . Our school is a pre-K through K school. We are considering a move to change the slots we offer. Currently we offer 3 half-day slots and 3 full-day slots as well as 5 half-day and 5 full-day slots. We are the only […]

Towards best Practice: Lunch

Towards best Practice: Lunch

When Dr. Montessori first opened the original Casa dei Bambini she was intent on creating an environment that would meet all the needs of her students in a classroom setting that closely approximated the warmth and comfort of home. Children were given the responsibility of caring for this environment so that they would find pride […]

Towards best Practice: Lunch

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 […]

Montessori Curriculum Theory Workshop

Montessori Curriculum Theory Workshop

Sharon Caldwell and Hillary Drinkell presented this Power Point at the 2013 IMC conference. Download File  

Montessori Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Montessori Curriculum Scope and Sequence

This is a very useful document developed by the Montessori Foundation and included for IMC member reference. An even more robust version of this scope and sequence has been aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is exclusively available as part of Montessori Compass, an excellent Montessori student record keeping solution (www.montessoricompass.com) Download File

Peacemaking Circles

Peacemaking Circles

Montessorians are familiar with the daily “Circle” and use this important practice for starting or closing the day, but the Peacemaking Circle or Conferencing approach has become part of restorative practices in schools, workplaces, prisons, and Court systems around the country and throughout the world. Based on ancient practices of aboriginal peoples, this approach creates […]

Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori

Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori

Download PDF of Article: Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori Education?