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What does that mean? A Glossary of Montessori Terms

When you join a Montessori community either as a parent or staff member you will probably begin hearing unfamiliar words and phrases. Here are a few to get you started.   Absorbent mind – From birth through approximately age 6, the young child experiences a period of intense mental activity that allows her to “absorb” […]

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Self-Discipline in a Montessori School

Ground rules protect the rights and liberty of each individual child and the harmony of the group as a whole. They promote the internalization of positive social behaviors and values including: self-control of impulses, consideration of others and a sense of responsibility for oneself, the welfare of the group and care of the learning tools […]

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American Montessori Society-Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics AMS requires that all member schools and affiliated teacher education programs agree to comply with the AMS Code of Ethics. AMS relies on self-compliance of this Code. In pledging to accept the Code of Ethics, heads of schools and program directors agree that the educators in their institutions will strive to conduct […]

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Developing Children’s Leadership Skills at School–A Montessori Perspective

By Wanda Whitehead, Head of School, Casa di Mir Montessori School Originally published in “Casa Connections” Jan-Feb. 2013 issue An article by Glenn Rifkin written for the magazine Briefings on Talent & Leadership grabbed me. He writes, “What do P. Diddy, Sergey Brin, and Peter Drucker have in common?” The answer: “When it comes to […]

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Caroling at the Old Folks Home 2016

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Consider this During the Holiday Season

Since it is gift giving season I wanted to share something that has been weighing on my mind for a long time. I was inspired to write to you by Ms. Carolyn’s note to her parents last week and recent media stories on the topic. How do I say this without sounding preachy? I care […]

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Montessori Bow Tying, Buttoning and Buckling

Bow Tying Buttoning Buckling

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Chores the Montessori Way

  Chores with Children the Montessori Way February 6, 2013 by Rebecca Simmons · Every time my children whine about not getting allowance my response is, “No one pays me to make my bed. Why should I pay you to make yours?” And it clicks. That said, I have struggled with how to go about […]

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Halloween Parade MCDC 2016

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Why Cursive First?

Beginning with Cursive As a culture we have been mistakenly led to believe that manuscript is easier for students to learn than cursive. By reserving cursive for third grade we have given a whole generation the false impression that cursive is the “adult” form of handwriting and printing is simpler. However, this is simply not […]

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Pumpkin Patch 2016

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Thoughts on Time Outs

Time Out Or Time To Think? Written by Maren Schmidt on April 27th, 2013 Isolating children when they don’t meet our expectations of behavior is one method of implementing time-out. Using time-out may be one of the most popular discipline methods used by parents today. Carl Larsson, the Swedish artist, did a painting in 1897 […]

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The Importance of Montessori Practical Life

Purposeful Work in Montessori Environment Practical life is a big part of Montessori education. On the contrary to the myth that Montessori children spend their time surrounded by strange activities that will not serve them in future, Montessori children in our classrooms prepare themselves for real life. In our classroom you can find peace observing […]

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A Walk through Montessori Downstairs

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