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What are the Qualities of a Good Montessori Teacher?

In this article, you will learn about the qualities of a good Montessori teacher. You will also learn a bit about what Montessori teachers do in Montessori classrooms and how you can support your child’s Montessori guides. Whether you are giving thought to enrolling your child in a Montessori preschool program, you are wanting to …

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Choosing a Montessori School: Questions to Ask on Your Tour

Finding a good Montessori school is no easy task. Many schools and care centers use Maria Montessori’s name, but do not adhere to even the most fundamental principals of her Method. Here is a guide to helping you make the best choice when choosing a Montessori school. What to look for in a Montessori school …

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Why are Montessori Work Mats Important?

Montessori work mats are a common feature in Montessori classrooms and Montessori homes all over the world. What are they, though? What purpose do work mats serve in Montessori environments? Let’s find out. What is a work mat in Montessori? Work mats in Montessori are used for just that; a child’s work. Before removing a …

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What Does “Freedom Within Limits” Really Mean?

While children deserve as much freedom as possible, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to keep them safe and healthy by restricting that freedom to some extent. This is where the Montessori concept of “freedom within limits” comes in. Freedom is a basic human right. Its importance simply cannot be overstated. Yet, within …

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Montessori and Imaginative Play: Clearing the Confusion

There are varying perspectives on Montessori and imaginative play, even from Montessori professionals. Even Dr. Montessori‘s ideas about a child’s imagination evolved over the course of her career. You may have heard that Montessori discourages exposure to characters and instead encourages young children to engage in “work”. This gives many the impression that children who …

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Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation: What’s the Difference and Which Is Better?

Children (and adults!) learn new things every day. Learning is part of living, and it’s just as natural. Unfortunately, some traditional methods of early childhood education make learning harder and more complicated than it has to be. One of the biggest missteps of these conventional educational models can be found in the use of extrinsic …

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Top 10 Montessori Blogs to Follow

For those starting their Montessori at home, sifting through Montessori’s texts can be a daunting task. While you are making your way through some of the recommended Montessori starter books, I recommend following some quality Montessori blogs. The benefit of following quality Montessori blogs is that the people writing about how they implement Montessori at …

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Why Montessori Activities are Called Work

One of the more off-putting Montessori terms to those unfamiliar with Montessori is the word “work”. When a child is engaged in an activity, we say not to interrupt the child’s work, instead of using the words “activity” or “play”. There is some confusion on why Montessori activities are called work. When we think about …

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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 Makes an Activity a “Montessori Activity”?

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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