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Children with Special Needs in the Montessori Classroom
There are many ways in which the Montessori environment can contribute to the developmental, social, and academic success of children with special needs. The materials in the environment, the multi-age grouping, and the focus on peace and cosmic education a...
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Ideas for Parents for Montessori Summer Learning - Follow the Child!
We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. —Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, p. 8. I was recently talking to a friend of mine who has three chil...
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Benefits of Mixed Age Groups in the Montessori Environment
The main thing is that the groups should contain different ages, because it has great influence on the cultural development of the child. This is obtained by the relations of the children among themselves. You cannot imagine how well a young child learns fr...
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Boys Need to Move: Providing Opportunities for Movement in the Montessori Classroom
One spring day, a young boy from the Montessori adolescent class came to give me a note that had been stapled shut and was marked 'For your eyes only' . I thanked the boy, who told me his teacher was expecting a reply. I opened the note and was surprised by...
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Types of Observations in the Montessori Environment
This idea, that life acts of itself and that in order to study it, to divine its secrets or to direct its activity, it is necessary to observe it and to understand it without intervening — this idea, I say, is very difficult for anyone to assimilate and to ...
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Following the Child through Observation in the Montessori Environment
Since the teacher’s task was to free each child to learn, and since each child, responding to the inner laws of his own organism, had different needs and a different developmental timetable, the teacher could not function effectively without an awareness of...
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Circle of Inclusion: Individualization within the Context of a Supportive Classroom Community
In a previous blog , we discussed the value of inclusion and how Montessori’s tenet of following the individual needs of the child makes it inherently inclusive. The Circle of Inclusion Project (University of Kansas) and Raintree Montessori (Lawrence, Kansa...
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The Absorbent Mind, Chapter 17: Acquisition of Culture — Imagination
Is the child’s mental horizon limited to what he sees? No. He has a type of mind that goes beyond the concrete. He has the great power of imagination. —Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, p. 175-76. One of the great arguments against Montessori is the idea...
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Montessori and the Circle of Inclusion Project
In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a joint policy statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs that states that “all young children with disabilities...
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A Free Flowing Montessori Environment — Indoors and Outdoors
The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences. —Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, p. 92. When we think of the Montessori environment, we think of a well-prepared environment th...
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Being an Attentive Observer in the Montessori Classroom: Our Primary Role
I have a confession to make. When I first became a Montessori teacher, I didn’t know the first thing about observing children. I thought observations were only about marking down on record-keeping sheets which presentations were given, when the child had pr...
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Educating the Whole Child in the Montessori Environment
The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child's whole personality. —Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind, p. 206. We hear a lot about how Montessori focuses on educating the whole child. But what does that mean? How is whole chi...
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NAMC has been offering professional Montessori diploma programs to individuals throughout North America and around the globe since 1996. We are proud to be the leaders in delivering Montessori distance education programs and in developing world-class Montessori curriculum. Our success has and always will be closely connected to the success of our graduates, who are thriving in their careers as Montessori educators in over 120 countries worldwide. 
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