The Chaos that is Montessori

It’s the beginning of a new school year. Only three weeks in and I have that ‘how a Montessori classroom should be’ scenario playing in my head. It started when I was asked the question “Shouldn’t the five and six year olds be the role models?”  The statement was well...
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Translating “Parent Speak” into “Montessori Speak”

When conducting parent teacher conferences I talk to parent after parent about their child’s interests, skills, and developmental needs. I try to provide a picture of the child’s involvement in the Montessori environment throughout the day. I want to provide parents with a glimpse into how their child’s personality is...
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Learning From The Ground Up

I find my teaching style to be spontaneous, it makes me think of dominoes lined up in a free form squiggle, you never know how it will turn out until they fall. I will observe a child looking intently at something, or they ask me a question and off we...
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Sew What!

Sew What! When children are unable to settle and stay involved in any of the work provided within our classrooms, when they wander about and show no real interest or curiosity about the activities in the room, the answer may be to re-examine our practical life activities. After all Dr....
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Where Are My Feet?

Where are my feet? And other questions infants ask through play. After watching a Ted talk on the importance of play with Stuart Brown I started thinking about all the other psychologists who have studied the importance of play in human development, from Dr. Montessori and Bettelheim to Montaigne and...
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Creating a Respectful Classroom

During the first few days in Montessori schools worldwide the children are introduced to lessons in grace and courtesy. These lessons provide the ground work necessary for the children to be independent learners who can navigate the social and academic environment of a Montessori classroom. Without these lessons in appropriate...
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My First Montessori Moment

Being a Montessori teacher my first thought was “what will people be looking for when they read my blog”, and being a writer my second thought was, “what should my blog be titled”.  I have decided to call my blog “Montessori Moments”.  My first Montessori Moment went like this… My...
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