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Preparing the Environment

The Ground Was Our Very Own Writing Board

Lakshmi Kripalani: An Authentic Montessori Legend I have had good fortune and a bit of serendipity in my Montessori career, from listening to the legendary Elizabeth Caspari lecture to working for the most amazing trainers and directors who, though not famous or even well-known, definitely qualify as “legendary” by the …

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The Outdoor Prepared Environment

Even outdoors, you are┬ástill┬áthe third point of the triangle! When we take the children outdoors, where it seems so easy for them to function, we tend to forget that the magic of the Montessori prepared environment depends as much on the teacher as it does on the materials and the …

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Hosting a Montessori Menagerie

Have you ever… sat next to a three-foot long iguana (or a giant rabbit or a cockatoo) while laying out the Square of Pythagoras on a rug? With such experiences, how can we not be in awe of life? In such circumstances, life itself is exciting, unusual, normal, and mystifying …

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Sourcing Classroom Materials

It took Montessori Services founder Jane Campbell only a few mornings in the Montessori classroom to discover how time-consuming setting up and maintaining the children’s environment can be! Four years later, with her own new baby in tow, Jane set out to serve the Montessori community in another way: by …

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Glass in the Classroom and Home

Whenever possible, try to build a control of error into each activity so it becomes clear to your child when she has made a mistake. The rationale behind letting children use cups and bowls that break if they are dropped or misused is that children quickly learn to be careful …

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Art in the Montessori Environment

Art is one of the many ways children express themselves. Art is a way for children to communicate their feelings. It is through art that children develop their fine motor skills. In the Montessori environment, we provide open-ended art activities that help children explore and use their creativity. When it …

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Cultivating Peace in the Classroom

Montessori education has been referred to as “peace education”; Montessorian Sonnie McFarland calls peace education a “Montessori best practice” (Montessori Life, January 2005); and even Gandhi praised Montessori’s approach to world peace. So, how is peace cultivated in a Montessori classroom? The Quiet Hum of Peaceful Activity Visitors often marvel …

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Finding Freedom in Routine

Focus on Routines, Not Lesson Plans Though we are ruled by the clock and the calendar like the rest of the world, we make room for real freedom with a regular routine. One of the features of a Montessori classroom is the consistency of an established sc