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Laws of the Universe and The Story of Creation

Laws of the Universe and The Story of Creation

The Laws of the Universe (LOU) experiments are a series of experiments that are designed to be appealing to children and introduce ideas about the "nature of things" to students.  In a "traditional" presentation the order might be: -First Great...

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Why I'm Pragmatic About Worksheets

Why I'm Pragmatic About Worksheets

I live in the grey.  I know there are some Montessorians that will say categorically that worksheets are universally bad and should not be seen in an "authentic" Montessori classroom or homeschool.  I'm here to share why I am pragmatic...

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Diary of The First Great Story Part 1

Diary of The First Great Story Part 1

The First Great Story is an awesome story. It has taken me a few years to get to a point where I am comfortable delivering it and ensuring that I am giving a variety of engaging lessons before and after. ...

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Brain Breaks For The Montessori Classroom

Brain Breaks For The Montessori Classroom

Brain breaks are a way of giving the brain a moment of rest or reprieve from focused work.  In this article from Edutopia the author cites numerous research about the benefits of breaks for children based on real life examples. ...

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Human Tendencies: What Are They?

Human Tendencies: What Are They?

Montessori conjectured that there are several consistent human tendencies or "guides" all people have.* They can be seen across cultures, demographics and times. They help people to survive and adapt to the place a human finds themselves in. More importantly...

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Questions About Teaching Oceania

Questions About Teaching Oceania

My first post on Oceania has got lots of interaction and I thought it would be appropriate to answer a few common reactions or questions I have recieved. My manual teaches Australia so thats what I teach. I appreciate your desire to...

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Sometimes I Don't Plan

Sometimes I Don't Plan

It's better than it sounds..... I'll be honest with you sometimes I don't plan what I am going to teach everyday.  I have a vague inkling of what might be covered but I don't necessarily go in and tell the...

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