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Assessment in Montessori: Is it necessary?

Assessment in Montessori: Is it necessary?

Regardless of the type of Montessori school you may attend, assessments will be a part of the curriculum.  As a matter of fact, observation is a critical skill and component of a Montessori teacher.  Every day the teacher observes and assesses the child in front of them.  Sometimes it is only observation.  Sometimes it is […]

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, […]

Diary of a Teacher: Working as Though I Do Not Exist

Diary of a Teacher: Working as Though I Do Not Exist

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher..is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” – Maria Montessori This ultimately is one of the goals of every Montessori teacher in their classroom: to be able to watch your students purposefully working and learning, as if you, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]