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Why Teach Children Self-Discipline (Instead of Obedience)?

Written by Jenny Formon When it comes to discipline, the teachers in a Montessori class help to guide the children along their journey, with the ultimate goal being self-discipline. When I envision self-discipline, I see the child making independent “good choices” about behavior without prompting from an adult. There is a difference between being self-disciplined […]

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Dear Teacher, From Parent

Dear Teacher, Let me begin by saying “thank you.” Thank you for dedicating your time and energy to supporting my child. Thank you for caring enough to practice and perfect the art of instructing children at the (in this case) fifth grade level. Because of your knowledge and expertise, (not to mention your big heart,) you are an […]

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Why I Didn’t Rescue Lunch

My youngest son, AJ, has just started 5th grade. Over the summer, he has grown leaps and bounds, both in terms of physical size and in his ability to do a multitude of things for himself. Every morning now, he gets himself up, (he remembers to set the alarm without any reminders from me,) makes […]

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Modeling Mastery for Our Children

You are a super model, did you know? In fact, if you are a parent, teacher, or child caregiver, you are one of the world’s most influential super models! What is she talking about, you might be asking? I’m talking about the importance of role modeling for our children. As Victoria Brailsford, Age of Montessori faculty […]

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How Do We Give the Child Respect and Dignity?

Maria Montessori had a unique and very special way of understanding the role of a teacher in a child’s life. She diverged from the popular opinion of her day that children should be obedient and learn from the expert adult. Instead, she upheld the belief that a teacher’s primary job is to be humble in […]

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