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Why Travel Matters

Why Travel Matters

Many people hear Montessori and immediately relate the curriculum to the ideas of peace, empathy, and the care of living things.  However, I don’t think you can teach Montessori curriculum without at least a piece of Cosmic Education, or the cultural curriculum.  Cosmic Education is essentially the teaching that everything is connected. Cosmic education is […]

Seven Days to Successful Toilet Learning

Seven Days to Successful Toilet Learning

7 days. That is how long it took our daughter to learn the art of using the toilet. Did we use candy? NOPE. Stickers? NOPE. Consistency and Celebrations? YOU BET! We owe the success of her toilet learning to her readiness and some good old fashioned consistency and dedication on our part. I’ll be honest. […]

Montessori & ADHD

Montessori & ADHD

As a teacher, I have always prided myself on being successful with the “busier” children, the ones who move and wiggle constantly, the ones with stronger impulses than regulation skills, the ones that need the extra attention. I always knew that those children were the most rewarding for me because they challenged me to teach […]

Empathy: A True Lesson in the Montessori Classroom

Empathy: A True Lesson in the Montessori Classroom

Having lived in five continents and in seven different countries, I have been able to conclude that the world is bigger than I could have ever truly imagined and that I was lucky to have been exposed to an array of unique cultures, vast human diversity, and traditions that define human identity.  Through different lands, […]

Going Out? A True Montessori Experience

Going Out? A True Montessori Experience

What is going out?  Why is it important?  How does it connect to a student’s learning?   Maria Montessori said, “When the child goes out, it is the world itself that offers itself to him. Let us take the child out to show him real things instead of making objects which represent ideas and closing […]

Teacher Series: Creating a Dream Environment on a Discount Budget

Teacher Series: Creating a Dream Environment on a Discount Budget

The Montessori curriculum provides children with an opportunity to learn in a beautiful environment with real materials. However, creating an environment with natural and realistic materials can get quite costly, especially if you buy from Montessori stores and websites.  Montessori educators spend a large amount of money working to create an environment made up of […]

Teacher Series: How To Stretch Your Dollar

Teacher Series: How To Stretch Your Dollar

Have you ever heard a teacher talk about how much of their salary goes back into the classroom? Better yet, have you ever met a teacher who didn’t spend his or her own money on their students? I cannot tell you how much of my own money I spend on my classroom. I can’t tell […]

Teacher Series: Finding Materials on a Budget

Teacher Series: Finding Materials on a Budget

I have come across many people, whose eyes widen as they attempt to process the fact that I am a Montessori teacher, after I tell them what I do for a living.  First, because they might not be aware of what Montessori really is, and second, because the word Montessori itself sounds “expensive.” From private […]

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 […]