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Ableism permeates Montessori

Ableism permeates Montessori

I write as the mother of an ADHD child and as a Montessori trained teacher who has made many many mistakes in my teaching career. I also live with mental illness, I'm not immune from being ableist and it is...

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Adding with doubles

Adding with doubles

I've talked before about the importance of teaching math strategies.  Teaching about doubles is one way of helping students find an anchor for their basic facts. Double equations are 1 + 1, 2 + 2, 3 + 3 etc.  If a child knows...

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When Montessori Isn't Picture Perfect.

When Montessori Isn't Picture Perfect.

Log onto any social media outlet (SM) and you will often see pictures of Montessori classrooms with wooden shelves, lined up equipment and a child seemingly engrossed in work after a successful lesson. I can tell you as a trained...

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Lets not claim other pedagogies as our own

Lets not claim other pedagogies as our own

   If you've been here for any length of time I have no time for fundamentalist Montessorians who say Montessori must look like an AMI trained teacher, with a specific brand of resources and a certain class size to be...

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We need to talk about the equal sign

We need to talk about the equal sign

When you see an equal sign what do you think it means? A lot of research of western educated children shows that many don't see it as meaning 'is the same as' but see it more as the thing that...

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Would Montessori have a trampoline in her class?

Would Montessori have a trampoline in her class?

Probably, if the children needed one. Trampolines as we know them were patented in 1945, only a few years before Montessori died. Prepared Environments need to meet the needs of the learners in the classroom. Our homeschool room has a...

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City Scapes (a simple art and craft activity)

City Scapes (a simple art and craft activity)

I've done this activity with children from ages 6-13 and it is a really easy one for all learners to experience success. You can pull out or focus on different ideas depending on your learners. These ideas include: -Colour (you...

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