When Dr. Montessori spoke of “following the child”, I often wonder if she was talking about following their development or following their example… In the elementary community of thirty 6-12 year-olds where I spend my days, four boys ages 9 to 11 decided to set a new world record for the longest crochet chain. They… Read More Help and Salvation
“At what point do you burst the Montessori bubble?” a friend recently asked. She has two young children in Montessori, but is considering enrolling them in a traditional private school after they finish Primary. My first thought (as a former Montessori child and current parent and teacher) was, Why would you want to burst it? Why leave… Read More Bursting the Montessori Bubble
Dr. Montessori realized early on that young children were concrete thinkers. This means that their brains have a hard time interpreting concepts that cannot be isolated and experienced through the five senses. Color is one such concept. Hues are almost always connected to an object: “red” apple, “blue” sky, “yellow” duck. The very young child… Read More All in Good Time
Feeling stressed out about answering your children’s questions? My newest post on MariaMontessori.com might be the answer you’re looking for!
A couple of friends who have babies or toddlers have recently brought up the topic of sharing; more precisely, should we expect young children to share? One friend feels like a bad mom when her baby snatches his toys away from another baby. Another mom pointed out that at the playground she always hears moms… Read More Sharing
Hey, this sounds just like Montessori…
I must admit I have mixed feelings about Trevor Eissler’s newest video. I find the first half a little harsh and melodramatic (and hey, I’m clearly not a fan of traditional education). Some public and private schools are making an effort to think outside the box and buck the testing trend, and they’re having… Read More How School Should Be