The Development of a Child’s Self-Discipline Naturally

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The Montessori practice of developing habits of natural learning in children is truly radical in the history of education. This is quite understandable if you consider the true meaning of the word “radical” which is derived from the Latin RADIX meaning “root.” Being radical does not really mean being “far out” or “eccentric” but rather …

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The Wondrous Peanut – The Wondrously Wondrous Child

I have a question for you. What does George Washington Carver have in common with Maria Montessori? Here is a clue. I find it significant that I am very fond of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and also have been a servant of children my whole adult life. Hmmm. Looking at the biographies of Carver …

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Kindness

Dear Families, I am grateful every day for the old age handicaps I am suffering so obviously here at our school, for without fail some one or other of our children takes notice and immediately is moved personally and comes running over to help me. Their caring is not only a sign of their love …

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Providing Liberty

Dear Families, I am a stickler about our using the correct nomenclature when describing the key aspects of our Montessori school. For example, here we are committed to developing “self-directed learners” not merely to managing “pupils.” The root meaning of the word pupils suggests lifeless wooden puppets whose strings are being pulled to get some …

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We Shall Prevail

Although my brother and I were born and raised city boys, our father had the wisdom to send us when we had just become teenagers to work on a dairy farm upstate for the summer. He told us then that he thought it would be good for us both to learn what it is to …

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The Heart of the Matter

    I can see now more than ever before the humbling truth first revealed to me fifty years ago at the very beginning of my training to become a Montessori educator and parent: the foundation of all true learning for children is our respecting and nurturing their innate power to experience reality intensely. And so, …

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Nine

    For the longest time now my work-a-day days have been happily interrupted by a child coming to my office with a big smile and a cupcake in hand proclaiming some such declaration as: “It’s my birthday today! I am nine years old!” “Great!” I reply. “I am glad you were born – and aren’t …

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Entering Into Newness

Well here we go again – entering into newness. Together with our children we are stepping into a new year and a new decade of this new century — welcome 2011! Traditionally it is fitting time for us to take a look back, make some resolutions, and then with some wisdom and with our arms …

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The Three C’s

    To inspire me every day now to continue on this my life’s journey as a caring servant of every child whose company I share, I have placed on my desk a photograph of me at the peak of my career. It shows my very beginning as a person smiling in the spring sunshine of …

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Teacher or Educator?

    The best way for you or me to meet Maria Montessori today is not by doing a Google search on her name or by checking out what they have about her on WIKIPEDIA or even by reading some of her many books – no, the best way to meet Maria today is in the …

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