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Tips for Choosing a Montessori School for your Child

So, you’ve decided to enroll your child in a Montessori program. First of all: great choice! However, the decision-making process isn’t over quite yet. You’ve still got to choose which Montessori school is right for your child. It is an unfortunate fact that any school or program can claim to be “Montessori.” Some are exemplary […]

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Five Things that Montessori Teachers Do Differently

The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.  ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind” Have Faith One of the biggest differences between Montessori and traditional teachers is the way the teacher perceives the child. You may have heard […]

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The Ten Secrets of Montessori – #10 Spontaneous Joy!

Social grace, inner discipline and joy. These are the birthright of the human being who has been allowed to develop essential human qualities. ~Maria Montessori Maria Montessori uncovered secrets–ten to be exact. Lucky for us, Mary Ellen Maunz, M. Ed., founder and Program Director of Age of Montessori, is willing to share the treasure of […]

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The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#7 Freedom of Choice

He must have absolute freedom of choice, and then he requires nothing but repeated experiences, which will become increasingly marked by interest and serious attention during his acquisition of some desired knowledge. ~Maria Montessori  Maria Montessori uncovered secrets–ten to be exact. Lucky for us, Mary Ellen Maunz, M. Ed., founder and Program Director of Age […]

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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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Your Job as a Parent is…?

Written by Jenny Formon In the Montessori environment, we are committed to providing children with an education for life. A huge part of our curriculum is cultivating characteristics that will benefit the child as he or she grows older. We promote responsibility, problem solving, compassion, and motivation, providing opportunities for the child to grow as […]

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On Raising an Independent Child

Raising a Selfish Lion an Independent Child “Mom, Miss Lyndsey said we are supposed to be selfish lions,” said my three-year-old son after Montessori school one day. Huh? I searched my memory for a clue, what was he talking about? Had he mentioned a book about selfish lions? Did the school have a grace and courtesy lesson […]

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Ten BIG Differences between Montessori and Traditional Education

What is the difference between Montessori and Traditional Education? If you are new to Montessori education, often the first question you might ask is “what makes Montessori different?” Truly, the answer to that question is immense! So, in effort to make this bountiful banquet of information a little more digestible, I have organized some of […]

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FAQ: According to Montessori, You Should Never Tell Children What to Do/Not to Do, Right?

FAQ: Montessori, Freedom and Discipline The misconception that Montessori children are always allowed to do “whatever they want” is a common one. In truth, discipline is an integral part of every Montessori classroom, with the ultimate goal being to teach children to regulate themselves. It is important to understand that self-discipline is not a skill […]

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