Artistic Expression in the Primary

By Carrie Caffee-Martin In the Montessori prepared environment, the Guide’s job is to prepare and present materials that meet the developmental needs of the specific age group served. At the Primary level, which serves three to six year olds, our aim is to give children the “keys to the world” which will provide them with […]

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Overnight Trips in the Elementary

By Ashley Keneller The Montessori approach to elementary school can be quite different from the traditional model that many of us grew up with. The children do not have their own assigned desks. They are free to choose their own work and partners. They exercise their needs to negotiate, bargain, and to set rules that […]

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Spanish in Elementary: Making Connections with a Child’s First Language

by Sean Goff Children are experts at recognizing patterns. The human brain is especially calibrated to distinguish and categorize information, and this is never more evident than when children are exposed to a new language in a Montessori environment. By the time a child has entered the Elementary classroom, they have acquired enough language to […]

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Language in the Toddler Community

By Melissa Wilcox “Words are bonds between men, and the language they use develops and ramifies according to the needs of their minds. Language, we may say, grows with human thought.” –M. Montessori, The Absorbent Mind For the child, language begins to develop in utero, as her mother hums a song or converses with others. […]

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Introducing Spanish in the Primary

By Lauren Hodges Maria Montessori created a strong foundation for primary education based upon the notion that children from infancy through the age six have absorbent minds. In early childhood, a child learns through real hands on experiences. Children during this time of development have a sensitive period for the acquisition of language. They take […]

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Language in the Primary Classroom

by Lydia Mirocha Before a child enters the primary classroom they have already begun the process of learning the language around them. From 0-6yrs. Children have an intrinsic sensitivity that draws them to learning the language they hear around them. In the Montessori primary environment we provide many activities on the spoken and written level […]

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Outdoor Time with Toddlers

By Melissa Wilcox For the Toddlers at the Lake Oswego Campus, our playground is nature. We are fortunate to have a wonderful enclosed garden filled with the natural wonders of Oregon. The children are welcomed to explore a wide variety of activities with all of their senses. The toddlers in our community enjoy outdoor time […]

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Peaceful Outdoor Play Experiences

By Crystal Harris Every day, the children from our Primary classrooms join together outside to play after lunch. It is a great opportunity for friends and siblings in different classes to come together and share part of their school day. Our Elementary students have lunch during Primary recess, which allows for the younger children to […]

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The Art of Living Together: Cooperation

By Carrie Caffee-Martin What exactly do we mean when we talk about cooperation in a primary environment? How do we foster it, and why is it an essential ingredient in supporting a peaceful community and world? Definition of cooperation the actions of someone who is being helpful by doing what is wanted or asked for […]

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Supporting Executive Function & Self-Regulation in the Elementary Child

By Kelly Hale During the ages of six through twelve, children are developing rapidly. These children change in appearance with taller and stronger bodies, a new set of teeth, and other noticeable differences that show other people that they are on the road to adulthood. Internally, these children are experiencing even more drastic changes. Social […]

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