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Montessori Mixed-Age Classrooms

January 28, 2021

There are many elements that make Montessori education stand apart from more conventional methods. One of the most obvious is our mixed-age classrooms. Rather than grouping children by a single chronological age, our classroom environments encompass children spanning across several ages.  We find this method to be a huge benefit. Read on to learn more. […]

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Primary Practical Life

October 22, 2020

Practical Life is the foundation for building independence, concentration, refining movement and sense of order and responsibility. Grace and Courtesy are lessons that we give to small groups of children that teach them how to be and act in the classroom. Grace and Courtesy lessons give the child vocabulary and movements that enable him to […]

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The Importance of the Montessori Kindergarten Year

February 27, 2020

The final year of Primary, often referred to as the kindergarten year, is a very special year. Having spent two or three years in the environment, these children are now the leaders of the room. It is easy to identify the kindergarten children, as they are ones working most independently with the greatest concentration. They […]

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The Primary Art Experience

January 30, 2020

“If we try to think back to the dim and distant past… what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art… It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen.” —Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

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On the Topic of Toileting

January 23, 2020

by Catherine McTamaney, Ed.D. Throw away the M&M’s! Or, at least hide them in the cabinet to enjoy. Helping your child to master the toilet doesn’t require candy, stickers and rewards. Children have a natural desire to care for their bodies. Toileting can be a tool for independence learned as easily and painlessly as any other […]

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Montessori Basics: What is ‘Practical Life’?

January 14, 2020

As Montessorians we believe education is more than just academics.  We aim to nurture not only the intellect, but the development of the whole child in an effort to prepare them for all aspects of life. Practical life in Montessori begins early; you will find these activities intentionally woven into both toddler (see this weeks […]

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