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The First Montessori Nursery

Listen to this piece by the BBC World Service – Witness about the revolutionary teaching method that started with the first Montessori nursery set up by Maria Montessori in Rome in 1907. The audio clip features interviews with Maria Montessori’s great granddaughter Carolina Montessori and also someone trained by Montessori herself. Witness is a radio programme by […]

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Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

“…we should be careful that the lure of the digital world doesn’t take away significant experiences that can have real impacts on children’s rapidly developing brains. Mastering handwriting, messy letters and all, is a way of making written language your own, in some profound ways.” Full Article

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Kingsolver on Montessori: “You Can Do Hard Things”

Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist, essayist and poet, talks about how Montessori education helped her children to develop perseverance. She says, “Raising children became mostly about enabling them and standing back and watching”. Read on here

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Why Typical Preschool Crafts Are a Total Waste of Time

“ this developmental stage children benefit from messing around with paints, or clay, or crayons; they gain little, on the other hand, from assembling together some construction paper shapes that their teachers cut out ahead of time.” Read article here

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Transitions in Montessori: The Natural Approach

A very helpful article about transitions from the Children’s House to Montessori Elementary “To link transition to anything other than the child’s developmental characteristics, and to the child’s own decision to physically move to a new class, is to substitute the adult’s needs for those of the child.” More here

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Eight Tips for Fostering Flow in the Classroom

“Research by Kevin Rathunde of the University of Utah, conducted with Csikszentmihalyi, found that flow was higher in Montessori schools than in traditional schools because of the more flexible schedules of Montessori schools—students who are fully concentrating on a task are not interrupted as often.” Looks like Montessori ticks most of these boxes! Read more […]

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