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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Summer Camp at MCDC Poway Weeks 1 & 2

Cooking and gardening were our thing for the first 2 weeks. What fun we all had. The garden seems to grow bigger when infused with the children’s love and spirit. Enjoy these pictures.

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MCDC Kindergarten Graduation-2016

The graduation is always happy and sad. We are so proud of our students as they go on to do wonderful things. We will miss them but their spirit and joy remains with us always. They will still a part of the MCDC Family.

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Why Summer School?

“Studies have shown that students forget much of what they learn during the school year over the summer—as much as two months of math and reading loss. What’s happening to students over the summer? ” www.usnews.com/education/blogs/ Having been a “Montessorian” for over 40 years I have had the opportunity to teach and learn from hundreds of […]

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Please Don’t Help My Kids

  Dear Other Parents At The Park: Please do not lift my daughters to the top of the ladder, especially after you’ve just heard me tell them I wasn’t going to do it for them and encourage them to try it themselves. I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because […]

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Using Descriptive vs. Evaluative Praise for Montessori Students

Evaluative praise leads to a dependency on approval. Words like “Great! Good Job! Wonderful!” make and keep children dependent adult evaluation. They look to us to evaluate and decide between good and bad behavior and work, rather than forming their own judgments. Descriptive praise does not evaluate what a child has done, but rather, describes […]

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Busy Children Learning at MCDC

As often as I can I enjoy a walk through the classrooms to soak up the wonderful happy learning that is going on there. I wanted to share with you a little of what that is like. Marijane Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

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Father’s Night Memories

Lots of smiles on big and little faces as the children took Daddy’s and and walked in the door for this special night. Please enjoy these pictures. Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

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