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Reshaping the Piñata: Making it Humane

Wouldn’t it be much healthier to shape piñatas like seasonal symbols of non-sentient beings – Easter eggs, pumpkins, stars, pineapples, watermelons, fancy cakes, rockets, ice cream cones, cupcakes, sombreros, giant numerals of the child’s age, etc.? Read more »

Me-First or All of Us Together

This is why Montessori homes and schools are so important; they are more collaborative than competitive, they mediate and reconcile rather than punish, they find ways to strengthen the communal bond while bringing out the best in individual members, and they celebrate variety they forged as a whole. Read more »

In the World But Not of It: The Power of Family Culture

Freshman big brother (Montessori alumnus) home from university for the holidays reads aloud to his sister in Montessori early elementary. He plays a vital role in keeping a nightly family tradition going. These practices are powerful for keeping the rich and healthy family culture strong and happy. Read more »

More Life, More Self-Development

No screens available in the home for children means more life to live! This child went from eager laundry helper to enthusiastic writer of reports. Screens interrupt a child’s life, keeping her mind constantly pulled away from whatever else she’s doing and back toward them through their hypnotic power. They distract her from developing her body, mind, and spirit.

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Heart to Heart: Transcending Our Differences

The kindness of strangers – we should all be so blessed. And we could each learn enough about the spiritual practices and music of one another to provide that kind comfort – and receive the blessings of serving one another. Children in Montessori elementary communities explore the shared values and particular practices across cultures and over time. Read more »

Developing Responsibility

Quite the opposite of the Montessori approach which emphasizes maximum effort, concentration and responsibility for the development of independence and coordination – we see here instead the easy way out! The perpetual and ubiquitous sippy cup develops carelessness, distraction, laziness and clumsiness.

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Competition and Comparison

Competition and judgment, absorbed from our environment or intentionally instilled from birth onward, steals from us our pleasure and joy in the process of doing and replaces it with comparison of our products and performances with those of others. Such a waste, the loss of many big chunks we could be enjoying in life! Read more »

Education for Demonstration and Protest

A demonstration, a protest, should be gracious, responsible, compassionate, persistent, persevering, and boldly enduring. It should be an extreme effort of non-violent struggle that transforms – an evolution, not a revolution! Read more »

Doing for Oneself

Montessori schools support children to develop and educate themselves for independence and interdependence, initiative and effort, collaboration and enlightened competition, self-advocacy and advocacy on behalf of others. Montessori gives children boots with bootstraps to pull themselves up by. Read more »

Education for Life: Following the Child’s Healthy Drive

Montessori schools follow the healthy drives of children to explore, self-develop, and self-educate. Read more »

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