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2 Types of Assessment: Which One Do Montessori Schools Favor?

Assessment is a topic often discussed in the many corners of the education world. Whether a child is enrolled in their local public school, an independent school, or is homeschooled, assessment will most likely play a role in that experience. To what extent it plays varies greatly, however, as does the prevalence of the different…
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10 Amazing Podcasts

This month we are taking a break from our regular book list post and sharing something a little bit different. Are you into podcasts? Are your kids? If you’re not already, know that there is a whole world FULL of entertaining and educational screen-free media out there just waiting to be discovered. Podcasts are great…
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Montessori Basics: A Brief History

Have you ever wondered how Montessori got its start? You likely know the educational model is named after its founder, but the beginnings of this approach are fascinating. Read on for a brief history of Montessori education. Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870. She lived with her family in Chiaravalle, Italy, though they…
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Fall Family Fun

Monday marks the fall equinox, one of two days during the year in which both the northern and southern hemispheres of our planet receive the same amount of sunlight (the other day is the vernal, or spring equinox.) The rest of the year the tilt of Earth’s axis makes for an uneven distribution of the…
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7 Ways to Encourage Independence

You probably know that encouraging independence is a hallmark of Montessori education and parenting. The best way to teach our children to do things for themselves is to create supportive structures in which they can gradually depend on us less and less. You may be wondering exactly how to do this, and we are here…
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A Book List for Budding Botanists

Where would we be without plants? Botany is a major area of study in the Montessori curriculum, and children everywhere are fascinated by the magic of seeds, flowers, and growing plant life. Interested in finding some books to support this learning? Check out these ten titles and let us know what you think! The Tiny…
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How to Support the Work of Your Child’s Montessori School

A fresh new school year comes with lots of excitement, and often lots of questions from new and returning families alike. One of the most frequent questions we receive is, “How can we support Montessori education at home?” First of all, we love this question! We know that even busy families want to do what…
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Back to School!

And just like that, summer is drawing to a close. School is right around the corner, and we’re here to give you some tips and tricks to get the kids (and yourselves) ready! Supplies Now is a great time to start gathering school supplies if you haven’t already started. Take into consideration your child’s age…
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Those Who Create: an Artistic Booklist

Does your child have a passion for art? Would you like to cultivate creativity? Do you admire those who have made our world a more beautiful place? No matter your reason, if you would like to read about the lives of famous artists, we have curated a book list just for you. As always, we…
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Engaged or Bored? How to Tell What Your Child is Feeling at School

A familiar scenario: your child comes home from school, and you, the interested parent, eagerly ask them how their day was and what they did. While some children will happily relay the day’s events, most shrug and say, “Good” without offering any details. Don’t worry – this is totally normal and related to their fatigue…
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