Category Archives: Montessori

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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What Makes Us “Us”

When each of us tries to describe our school, it can be hard to articulate why The Fulton School is special to us and what distinguishes it from other schools.  We have much in common with other schools in terms of … Continue reading

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The Pressure of Perfect Parenting

Are you feeling pressured to be the perfect parent who offers an amazing childhood for our offspring? Here’s an interesting take on that pressure, challenging us to step back a bit, to simplify, and ultimately (although she doesn’t word it this way), … Continue reading

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Founder’s Day: Remembering Dr. Barb

This week at The Fulton School we celebrate Founder’s Day. It’s a chance to reflect beyond our mission to Dr. Barb’s intentions and legacy. Her two biggest passions in her professional life were probably to provide an education that allowed … 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 Fulton Cross

In 1993, Dr. Barbara Fulton, long-time Head of School of the Chesterfield Day School, was asked by the community developers of St. Albans to found a second campus. It began with just a preschool and small elementary class in 1994. … Continue reading

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Hurting our Kids with Praise

For me, one of the scariest elements of teaching and parenting is what we do unintentionally; messages we are sending that we don’t realize we are sending, techniques we think are beneficial that backfire. Fortunately, kids are tremendously resilient and … Continue reading

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Montessori in the news…

The Wallstreet Journal recently coined the term, “Montessori Mafia“, referring to the significantly high number of Montessori graduates in top entrepreneurial positions.  With the number of Montessori schools steadily increasing in the last 40 years in the US, it is … Continue reading

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Discovering vs Instruction

Do you learn better when you discover something on your own, or when someone “teaches” you? Do you prefer a lecture or exploration? Certainly, there are times when a quick explanation is efficient and convenient, however for decades, studies have … Continue reading

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