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Kely Hale

Three Tools of Responsibility in the Elementary Classroom

Kelly Hale joined our community in 2014. She is the Lower Elementary guide in the Cedar Room. Here, Kelly describes the Three Tools of Responsibility that support the elementary students developing independence and love of learning: Fostering a sense of independence is a common theme throughout all stages of Montessori education.   Dr. Maria Montessori developed […]

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Supporting Your Toddler’s Independence at Home

“Help me do it by myself!”  is the mantra of the Toddler. Our Montessori Toddler classroom environment and our outdoor garden spaces are uniquely prepared to meet the needs of toddlers who are enthusiastically acquiring new levels of independence every day. As they continually gain independence in self-care and in contributing to their communities at […]

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Montessori Elementary Curriculum and the Common Core Standards

Our Montessori approach to education differs significantly from traditional approaches in that ours is a time-proven tradition based upon the scientific study of how children learn.  With its 100 year record of success, our Elementary curriculum is richly integrated, diverse and dynamic, and it is research-based. In her book, Montessori: The Science behind the Genius, […]

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The Essential Partnership between Home and School

Parents are, unarguably, the first and most important educators of their children. We might envision the image of a triangle to describe the key aspects of a child’s school experience: the Child, the Environment and the Guide (teacher), and the parents or caregivers. These make up the three corners of the communication triangle. In our […]

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Establishing the limits that lead to self-discipline

The word Discipline comes from the Latin root, disciplina (which comes from the root word disciple), which means instruction, knowledge. True discipline comes from within, and is developed through the experience of greater and greater levels of freedom.  A child who has learned to live within certain consistent limits will develop the ability to handle […]

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