Montessori Education and its Cultural and Peace Curriculum

Montessori education is unique and groundbreaking in that it incorporates cultural and peace education. Over one hundred years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori wrote, “The child is both the hope and a promise for mankind.” Montessori children gain a world view from a young age. Children begin to realize that they are part of a larger…

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What is Process Art and Why Is It Important?

Young children love to draw and create, but often get frustrated by their inability to produce something that resembles the vision in their head.  Their art becomes representational – a line stands in for an animal, a winding trail across the page reflects the movements of their subject, as though the artwork is a story…

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How Montessori Education Encourages Independent Thinking

Learning to think is not the same thing as learning to memorize.  Thinking requires infinitely more effort and involves much more brain activity than reciting something back.  Thinking involves inquiry, innovation, creativity, analysis, synthesis, problem solving, persistence, self-confidence, self-motivation, independence and even courage.  That is why the emphasis in a Montessori classroom is on children…

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Practical Life – A Foundation For Academic Growth

Why Practical Life activities? Amit has just started school and his parents watch their little boy endearingly as he attacks real-life chores with serious determination. They are so proud to see him carefully spooning dried beans from one dish to another and concentrating hard to pick up the beans he has spilled. However, Emma’s parents…

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Developing and Supporting Your Child’s Independence

Developing your child’s independence and self-reliance is one of the most important things we can do for our children.   While academic learning is important, it does not, and can not, take the place of the value of self-confidence, self-sufficiency, and the ability to make things happen for oneself.   Independence and self-reliance form the…

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