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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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Toddler Toileting - Quest Montessori School Private School RI

Toddler Toileting

December 3, 2020

Reproduced with permission from Molly Schaot’s At Home With Toddlers, Waypoint Montessori In Montessori pedagogy, we use a child-led approach to toileting. We do not use rewards, nor do we attempt to completely upend a child’s daily life by focusing solely on potty training for a certain number of days. We simply make no-pressure trips […]

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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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The "Practical Life" of the Montessori Toddler

The “Practical Life” of the Montessori Toddler

January 16, 2020

Practical Life activities are the activities of everyday life and they are involved  in all aspects of life. The child observes these activities in the environment and gains knowledge through the real experience of how to accomplish life skills in a purposeful way. – Heidi Philipart In the Toddler Room children are very busy, especially with the […]

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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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Toddlers and Toilet Training

Toddlers and Toilet Training

November 6, 2019

“There should be no pressure, no reward or punishment, no adult deciding when the child should learn to use the potty. The environment is prepared and the child is free to explore and imitate in these natural developmental stages.” (The Joyful Child) One of the largest works of the toddler is that of toileting. The […]

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