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Preparing Your Child for Montessori Elementary

By Delila Olsson & Kelly Hale Somewhere around age six, children will begin showing signs of moving into what we Montessori educators refer to as the second plane of development. This developmental change is signified by higher energy, greater physical strength, keen interest in socialization and social justice, a strong and active imagination, a gregarious […]

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Cosmic Education

By Kelly Hale At the very core of Montessori Elementary is a series of five “Great Lessons”: The Creation of the Universe, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Humans, The Story of Numbers, and The Story of Language. These impressionistic and allegorical lessons are stories that are meant to spark the imagination of the […]

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Cultural Studies in Primary

By Ashley Crawford Montessori education is notable for its advanced language curriculum, tactile mathematics area, age-specific sensorial materials, focus on children’s independence, and emphasis on social grace. But one of the most overlooked areas in the Montessori classroom, and perhaps the one that draws threads between all of the aforementioned areas, is cultural studies. The […]

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Gardening with Toddlers

By Melissa Wilcox Gardening with toddlers can be a fun and dirty project! At home, I find it easier to let my children have their own raised bed that they can choose what to plant, and help take care of. It also helps with adults (like me), who want order and straight lines to have […]

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Music in the Primary

By Jane Heaton Music is an integral part of the Montessori Primary because it is a form of communication used among people of all cultures. It is important that the children understand and appreciate music, as it is a special kind of language. This development is supported in the classroom everyday as the children sing, […]

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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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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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