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How Students Benefit From Maria Montessori's Teachings

Parents have many questions when it comes to Montessori schools: What makes an educational reformer from early 20th-century Italy relevant here and now? Why have Maria Montessori's teachings spread throughout the world and benefited so many…
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Learning Empathy in the Montessori Classroom

A respect for empathy lies at the heart of the Montessori classroom. It all started more than 100 years ago in Rome with Maria Montessori's inclusive and innovative approach to education. Her principles have been developed over the history of…
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Pre School vs. Montessori: The Best School for Your Toddler

Montessori primary education is about setting a strong foundation. It's a hands-on application of a simple idea: What students do in the pre-school and kindergarten years will set the tone for their entire academic career and beyond. We hope…

How Parents Can Ensure a Successful Transition to Montessori Elementary

Montessori schooling is a brilliant investment in your child’s well-being and future. With a great approach to nurturing and educating children, Montessori schooling is a favorite amongst new parents. At the age of 6, your child is most…
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What is Montessori?

Montessori schools are child-centered educational institutions providing a holistic approach to education for age groups up to 14 years old. This time-tested 'alternative’ approach to education helps develop children’s cognitive abilities…

Cosmic Task

Before I had even heard of Montessori Education, before I ever even knew I had it in me to work with young children, let alone head a Montessori school, I picked up a book on early childhood development on a whim. It was by Maria Montessori,…

The Adolescent Prepared Environment

Recently I explained to the Middle School students that they are currently involved in launching a component of our program which will move us closer to Maria Montessori’s vision of the appropriate learning environment for adolescents. Our…

The World Coffee Swirl

Four years ago I visited a student run business at another Montessori school and after witnessing the confidence and pride the children exhibited while rushing to fill their customer’s orders, I immediately knew it was something I wanted to…

A Rainy Morning at the Art Institute of Chicago

On October 5th and 6th, the staff went “off campus” for professional development. Friday was spent at the Art Institute of Chicago. What a great place to spend a rainy morning!  We arrived before the museum opened and were greeted by a…

Practical Life

Practical Life is foundationally important in the development of the whole child. As mentioned at Open House and Parent Night, this is one of the five defined learning areas  that should be evident in every Montessori classroom. The three…