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Words + Movement = Reading

By: Connie ParkerWithin a Montessori classroom, movement is found everywhere. It has great importance in mental development, provided that the action which occurs is connected with the mental activity going on. Having purposeful movement…

Sewing and Weaving in the Montessori Classroom

By Sheri PapkeWhy do we sew in the Montessori classroom?In the book, Sewing in the Montessori Classroom, a practical life curriculum, Aimee Fagan M.Ed., says, “The hand is the brain's connection to the world around us. As our culture…

The Absorbent Mind

By Nilanga EricssonAs a child, I spoke two languages, my mother tongue: Sinhala and English, which is considered the official language of Sri Lanka. I don’t recall anyone teaching me the vocabulary, the grammar or the syntax. Yet I spoke…

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten Socially?

By Kristi OckulyAs a Montessori school teacher for more than twenty years, and as a mother of five, I can attest to the fact that all parents wonder about the experience their young children will have in school. If they are in preschool,…