Montessori at Home: Freedom of Choice

by Directress Cindy Genin A typical misconception of a Montessori School is that, “it is one of those schools where the children are able to do whatever they want at any time.” People imagine chaos in a room where children are not regimented. A good rebuttal to this false idea comes from Dr. Montessori herself:  One…

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Montessori At Home: Freedom of Movement

by Directress Jessica Hrytzik Humans often think of our bodies and minds as two separate mechanisms doing work all their own. The body does physical tasks that build strength and cardiovascular health. The brain does mental tasks that build intelligence. These statements are true in the scope of general abilities of the body and the brain,…

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Work and Play in Montessori

“The children in our schools have proved to us that their real wish is to be always at work —a thing never before suspected.  Just as no one had ever before noticed the child’s power of choosing his work spontaneously. Following an inner guide, the children busied themselves with something (different for each)which gave them…

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Montessori and Learning Styles

In many of the lessons used in the Montessori Classroom, we appeal to the variety of learning styles a child might have – visual, kinetic, rational, etc. You might have heard of these types as Gardner’s “Theory of Multiple Intelligences.” When he first theorized about multiple intelligences in 1983, Howard Gardner was writing about something…

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Introduction from Peaceful Children, Peaceful World

Following World War I and the Great Depression leading into World War II, Maria Montessori made a dramatic plea for the pursuit of peace. In 1932, 7 years prior to the beginning of World War II and 29 years before the first human being journeyed into space, she addressed a convention at the international Office…

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