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Montessori Inspired Gift Giving

We at Age of Montessori hope your Thanksgiving days were as wonderful as ours were! We salute all of you outside of the United States who do not celebrate our American Thanksgiving, but may have other special days to celebrate the harvest and the fall. No matter who or where we are, many of us […]

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In a Nutshell, What is Montessori?

As a reflective process, we ask our summer Residency students to break into small groups and think about what Montessori is and how they might explain it to someone they meet in an elevator. It is sometimes difficult to put something that is so unique and beautiful and complex into just a few words, but […]

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Elementary I & II Course in Full Swing AND MACTE Evaluation is Behind Us!

Our Three Evaluator, Three-Day Onsite Inspection is Successfully Behind Us!   Things are moving right along at Grace Montessori Academy in Billings, Montana, where we are holding our first Elementary Residency. The elementary course for Elementary certification consists of a full academic year of online study of the philosophy, psychology and practical aspects of classroom […]

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Honoring Mothers

I am certain that many of our readers are mothers or will some day be mothers or fathers. And May is the month of Mother’s Day, so let me begin by wishing all of our mothers a very happy Mother’s Day. May is the month of my son’s birth so Mother’s Day is special to […]

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Montessori Across the Globe

Once again, I have had affirmation of the universality of Montessori. I just returned from several weeks in Europe where I visited Montessori schools in Sweden and Latvia. I was invited to present a 2½ day seminar on the Montessori math avenue in Riga, Latvia and deliver two talks in both private and public Montessori […]

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A Story of Two Boys

This story comes from the words of Bethany, a mother of an autistic child, who enrolled in Age of Montessori’s six-week Math course. Our course mentor, Diana Palmares, responded promptly and kindly to all of her posts and the two women became online virtual friends. I have taken excerpts from her forum posts and a […]

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