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What does my child do all day?

What does my child do all day?

Moving from a traditional public school to a Montessori public school, was exciting for me.  The Montessori philosophy intrigued me, and I knew it was what was best for young learners. But what set it apart from traditional education? One aspect of Montessori is student choice in work.  Having used “centers” in my kindergarten and […]

Backyard Series: Be a Zoologist

Backyard Series: Be a Zoologist

“My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature.” – Jane Goodall Did you know that sloths and armadillos belong to the same mammal family? Me neither, until my daughter fell in love with sloths and the knowledge train left the station. Her love for sloths hasn’t lessened in […]

Backyard Series: Be a Botanist

Backyard Series: Be a Botanist

“There is not a spring of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” Thomas Jefferson My mom has a green thumb, I frequently need her help to keep my gardens green and growing! Both of my children enjoy planting seeds in the spring and watching them grow, we currently have a small pumpkin patch in our […]

Backyard Series: Be a Geologist

Backyard Series: Be a Geologist

“The best way to study Mars is with two hands, eyes and ears of a geologist, first at a moon orbiting Mars… and then on the surface.” Buzz Aldrin I’ve heard about a place in Arkansas where you can pay to dig for diamonds on a 37 acre plot of land, while I haven’t been […]

Backyard Series: Be An Astronomer

Backyard Series: Be An Astronomer

“It may be that our cosmic curiosity… is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.” Neil deGrasse Tyson I fell in love with the night sky while camping as a child watching the sky turn dark over the sand dunes on Lake Michigan. Since that summer night, I’ve been inclined […]

Choosing the Right Montessori Environment

Choosing the Right Montessori Environment

Not all Montessori schools are alike. I know, it seems like an obvious statement but there are numerous ways that a Montessori school can differ, and each of those things may determine whether it is a quality program that meets your expectations and the needs of your child, or a program that simply uses materials […]

Practical Life: An Area of Purpose

Practical Life: An Area of Purpose

In every Montessori Classroom, there is an area that sparks the magic of learning.  This area, gives children the opportunity to develop fundamental skills that lay the foundation for all learning that is to come.  This area is called Practical Life. It ignites concentration, which is the real purpose of this hands-on area. I have […]

From Non-Believer to Believer

From Non-Believer to Believer

Twelve years ago, I graduated college, eager for a teaching job. I applied and applied with no luck. So instead, I took what I could get to make ends meet…I ended up as a manager for a cosmetic counter. And still, I continued applying until one day my friend told me, “Hey you should apply […]

New Mission. New Team. New Look.

New Mission. New Team. New Look.

Welcome to our NEW Montessori Rocks site! Over the past couple of years, we have showcased articles covering topics for all age levels, home and school life, gift guides and tips and tools. Our authors came from across the globe and shared their experiences with each and one of you and we are so thankful […]