Category Archives: Montessori method

Working on Mathematics Skills in Upper Elementary

Our Upper Elementary students have been honing their Mathematics skills in a variety of ways, including challenging word problems that target specific critical thinking skills, iPad apps for memorization of Math facts, and self-guided workbooks. Montessori manipulatives also provide variety and excitement. This … Continue reading

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Lower Elementary Gets Back to Work

Now that we’ve started the first full week back in our normal routines after Winter Break, our students in Lower Elementary have hit a stride in their daily work periods. With the reliable time slot of two hours every morning, … Continue reading

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The First Great Lesson: Our Universe

Susie, the Science teacher for our Upper Unit, paid the students in Lower Elementary a lunchtime visit on Friday in order to share the First Great Lesson with them! The Great Lessons are a Montessori tradition in Lower Elementary classrooms; these five … Continue reading

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Work Periods in the Upper Unit

The uninterrupted Work Period is a fundamental element of the Montessori philosophy. It allows for individual variations in the learning process through which students have time to work on various tasks and responsibilities at their own pace. In the Upper Unit, students typically … Continue reading

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Work Plans in the Upper Unit

The individual Work Plan is an important element of our Montessori education. It helps our students become more independent and strengthens their internal motivation to complete difficult tasks. The Upper Unit uses their Work Plans to set priorities, track assignment due dates, and … Continue reading

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Getting Into the Swing of Things in Lower Elementary

Now that we’re on our fourth week of the school year, students in Lower Elementary (both new and returning) have begun working with some of the traditional Montessori materials that they will be revisiting throughout their entire time in our … Continue reading

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Montessori Mathematics in Upper Elementary

“Great creations come from the mathematical mind, so we must always consider all that is mathematical as a means of mental development. It is certain that mathematics organises the abstract path of the mind, so we must offer it at … Continue reading

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The Montessori Method: Independence

This is the first in a series of blog posts about the Montessori method that we will be publishing in the upcoming weeks. We hope that sharing these insights into Maria Montessori’s methodology and the ways we have chosen to apply … Continue reading

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