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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-#5 Individual Differences

When the independent life of the child is not recognized with its own characteristics and its own ends, when the adult man interprets these characteristics and ends, which are different from his, as being errors in the child which he must make speed to correct, there arises between the strong and the weak a struggle […]

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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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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why Knowing Really IS Half the Battle

Kicked Out “No big deal, my son gets kicked out of stuff all the time!” When my friend made this carefree announcement, I admit I was surprised. Mind you, it wasn’t because of her son’s having been “kicked out,” on the contrary, I could completely relate. In fact, I’ve heard so many variations of “please […]

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FAQ: Can Children Learn Social Skills in the Montessori Classroom?

Recently, while reading a forum discussion about the Montessori Method, I came across the following comment: [The Montessori Method is] not focused on social interactions among children: Montessori fosters independence in children through  age-appropriate “jobs” that are designed with conceptual learning blocks in mind. I’ve observed children be really self-sufficient, confident and proud when in […]

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A Parent’s Take on Why Montessori Works for Autism-Spectrum Kids

What is Autism? It’s April, World Autism Awareness Month, so let’s talk about this wide-spread pandemic which affects nearly 20% of children and adults, and up to 18% of all boys, globally. So, exactly what is thing called autism? The word “autism” is blanket term which includes the many disorders within the “autism spectrum.” Sometimes called “Pervasive […]

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Montessori Training: Honoring the Independent Life of a Child

As a current Age of Montessori student, I have been touched and inspired by Maria Montessori’s great respect for the internal world of the child.  In particular, I was touched this past week by her comments about adult prejudices in discipline.  Montessori said, “When the independent life of the child is not recognized with its […]

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