Category Archives: Early Childhood

Small Schools Have a BIG Influence

  Humans are born needing connection. We cannot thrive without relationships and the encouragement and accountability they bring. Humans have family units and close circles of friendship. We seek community in order to learn, grow, share our joys, and be sustained in … Continue reading

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Child Development: Week 5

Adolescence, Part 2 As I mentioned previously, Dr. Montessori observed that one goal of adolescence is social independence (physical and mental independence come during the first two years).  Jean Piaget wrote about the process of growing out of egocentrism (the … Continue reading

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Child Development

The Montessori Method challenges educators to shape the curriculum and pedagogy around the developmental needs of each age group.  There is no universally accepted or articulated framework for psycho-social development the way there is for biological development, and frankly, I … Continue reading

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Teasing: Control vs. Connection

Teasing is a perennial issue for children of all ages, but probably peaks in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade, at least in terms of intensity of reactions.  It can be a hard thing for a parent to hear about after … Continue reading

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Go on… Play.

I want to share with you a couple of articles about the importance of play. The first article (found here) speaks to our younger learners and how important it is for them to learn through playing. The second article (found … Continue reading

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What is Montessori? Part III

Parents often talk about Montessori children having a sparkle in their eye or a spring in their step that most students don’t have.  At our school, parents wonder at how their children love school at Fulton, compared to their friends … Continue reading

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What is Montessori? Part II

In a blog post early in July, I addressed the question: “What is Montessori?” Thinking about the Montessori Method a little further, I’d like to explain the idea of “following the child.” Many naysayers and novice Montessorians have misunderstood this … Continue reading

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The benefits of letting our children fail…

The New York Times ran an article last week called, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” and it was the most emailed article for several days.  The author was looking at what character traits in children translate to … Continue reading

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Babies and different strokes for different folks

I recently watched the documentary, “Babies,” and it has haunted me since.  It’s a simple 70+ minute glimpse at the first year of four babies in San Francisco, Tokyo, Namibia, and Mongolia.  The majority of the footage is of the babies … Continue reading

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Social conflicts

We had an interesting morning, listening to Dr. Tim Jordan discuss the social lives of children.  The biggest take-away for most of us, was probably the simple reminder that growing up and learning about relationships is hard; it was for … Continue reading

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