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Why Does Montessori Discourage Characters?

Why does Montessori discourage characters? You may have heard some parents talk about avoiding characters on their child’s clothing and in their play. Some of these parents follow a Montessori style of parenting and the others have their own reasons for this. So, what are the reasons for avoiding characters and why does Montessori discourage …

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What Are Montessori Activities Anyway?

If you’re new to Montessori, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information out there about this century-old approach to learning and development. Rest assured that these anxieties are completely normal! They are also somewhat unnecessary, though. While we Montessorians are sometimes guilty of talking in code—that is, there is a special …

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Montessori vs Daycare: What is the Difference?

Deciding on Montessori vs daycare is a big choice and it’s good to know the differences and similarities. The schedules, noise levels, cleanliness, and type of education is different across the board. Montessori vs Daycare: Differences, Similarities, and How to Choose As a parent or guardian, it’s natural to wonder about early childhood education. Whether …

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When Montessori Started: The Beginnings

A History of the Montessori Method and Its Creator’s Groundbreaking Ideas Countless children have prospered with the educational methods pioneered by Maria Montessori, a two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. While the thousands of schools using her philosophy continue to thrive today, modern homeschooling families have also embraced her style with success. Not many people, though, …

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Play Schemas: Fun Activities That Help Your Child Develop

Learn about the history of play schemas, why they are important, how they align with the Montessori philosophy, and get fun activity ideas. Transporting, positioning, connection, transforming, orientation, trajectory, rotation, enveloping, and enclosure are all covered in this article. What Are Play Schemas? There are many different definitions of schema, each varying on context. Merriam-Webster …

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Why is the Prepared Environment so Important in Montessori?

What is the Prepared Environment? The prepared environment is an organized, clean, spacious, warm, and inviting space in which learning and activities take place in Montessori. Classrooms and home learning spaces, alike. Materials are visually appealing, complete, and ordered specifically to aid in a child’s development. All materials are on low shelves for accessibility. Furniture …

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Maria Montessori: Who Was She?

Who was Maria Montessori? Many of us are familiar with her methods, but who was Maria Montessori? Her accomplishments go far and above simply establishing her methods and forming the AMI (Association Montessori International). She was a brilliant woman who led a fascinating life and started an educational revolution. Maria Montessori was born in 1870 …

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Montessori Criticism: An Answer to the Critics

Montessori: criticism of a philosophy misunderstood I will be the first to admit that first knowledge I had of Montessori left a bad taste in my mouth. I was a teenager at the time, tutoring a couple young children who had recently been pulled from a Montessori school by their parents. The children were unruly …

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Evidence that a Montessori Education Works

Montessori Education works: The proof So, we know how Montessori works. But is there any evidence that a Montessori education works better than a traditional education? Well, there are the successful people who attended Montessori school at some point in their educational careers. Here is a list of just a handful of Montessori success stories: …

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