Author Archive | Victoria Brailsford

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Courage to Thrive

The first duty of an educator is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.  –Maria Montessori I wear many hats for the Age of Montessori, including those first phone call meetings with adult learner candidates during the enrollment period, teaching summer Residencies, and supervising the Internship year that follows. From start to […]

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Building Your Classroom Team

Montessori Friendships

Parent Connections On a recent snowy morning, I met an old friend for brunch whose children were once students of mine in the Montessori school where I taught. Over foamy mugs of coffee and chai, she introduced me to her partner, also a Montessori parent of students who once attended the same school, but he […]

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The Royal Road to Reading – Beauty Does It

Hungry For Beauty In her book, Montessori Children, Carolyn Sherwin Bailey tells of a “beauty hungry” little boy named Raffaelo in turn-of-the-century Italy.  Raffaelo came from a family of poor artists who struggled in the “hard, grey streets of the city” and languished in the “ugliness of the dull walls” in their home.  She describes […]

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Creativity in Montessori

“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” –Maria Montessori Most parents hope that their child’s environment will be one that encourages creativity. We delight in the sight of our child pulling on an apron and approaching an art easel stocked with beautiful paints and fresh paper. We […]

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