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The Prepared Montessori Environment

The Prepared Montessori Environment

“The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.” Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood The prepared environment is one of the three essential ingredients in the “recipe” for a successful Montessori program, along with the trained adult and the mixed-age community of ...

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Cake at the Museum

Cake at the Museum

This week, a group of about seven Lower Elementary children (ages 6-9) made a Going Out trip to further their research on the art, history, and culture of Native American peoples in the Puget Sound area. (Going Out is a topic worthy of its own future post.) They and their teacher headed up to the University ...

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Work and Play

Work and Play

There was a great New Yorker cartoon several years ago showing a chaotic school of fish pointing every which way. Two fish are observing from afar, and one is remarking to the other, “I believe that’s a Montessori school.” Another (mis)perception of Montessori is that the children are “forced to work” to the exclusion of creativity, ...

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The Holidays

The Holidays

Ah, the season is already upon us. Montessori practitioners can at times rightly be accused of ambivalence toward the holidays. Perhaps that can be said of a lot of us, when our local department stores are already festooned in Christmas regalia before we’ve even cleared the Halloween hurdle. It can be hard to reconcile the ...

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Education and Peace

Education and Peace

“If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be ...

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The Case for Early Learning

The Case for Early Learning

“You change the beginning of the story, you change the whole story.” -Dimitri Christakis, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Children’s Hospital On Wednesday, October 15th,  the case for early learning was persuasively made. The event, Livewire: Conversations that Spark Insight was held on the Microsoft campus. Sponsored by Microsoft, the Seattle Times, ...

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The Natural World

The Natural World

 “An environment-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder “When the child goes out, it is the world itself that offers itself to him. ...

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The Montessori Family

The Montessori Family

“This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them to a single centre. Mothers, fathers, politicians: all must combine in their respect and help for this delicate work of formation, which the little child carries on in ...

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Ride the Horse

Ride the Horse

“Ride the horse in the direction it’s going.” – Werner Erhard Not a bad summation of Montessori theory and practice, if one has to try to encapsulate it in one sentence. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female medical doctor, developed a revolutionary approach to education by applying a scientific approach rooted in observation. As a physician, student of ...

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Transitions

Transitions Second only to the launching of a new school year in the fall, the month of January is a season of transition at Three Tree Montessori School. We experience the turn of a new calendar year, and the earth is tilting its way back toward warmth and light. So, too do our children experience transition ...

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