On Normalization

As they reach comfort with themselves and the classroom, students of all ages achieve what Maria Montessori referred to as “normalization.” In a 2006 lecture, Dr. Rita Shaefer Zener described normalization in a way that parents find particularly accessible.   There are many personality types, of course. However, when children enter the process of normalization the same characteristics appear… love of work, …

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Director's Note: October 2013

What a wonderful start to the new school year! The classrooms are so busy with activity. The students’ maturity, independence, and curiosity grows with each day. One of the keys to this success in the classroom is the freedom that a dependable routine offers the children. To some, this seems counterintuitive. Freedom… through routine? But that is precisely what Maria Montessori understood over a century …

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Looking Out Our Back Door

Our school garden continues to flourish as September has brought a return of more typical hot weather. We have some new visitors as well.  The teachers discovered four beautiful caterpillars on the carrot plants. Many of the Primary students have had time to observe them on the stalks and their questions have been wonderful! Of course, everyone wanted to know, …

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Curiosity Calendars

We’re so pleased to share these monthly activity calendars created by RIF (Reading is FUNdamental). Each month’s calendar is filled with simple yet inspiring ideas for sparking curiosity and sharing learning with children. Some entries are connected to the significance of the day, others are pleasantly random. From the September calendar: Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day): Read books about different …

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Montessori Elevator Pitch

This year, Montessori Madmen, a self-described “ragtag group of dads and advocates from around the world,” ran a contest that challenged Montessori professionals to answer “What is Montessori?” or “Why Montessori?” in sixty seconds. A minute to capture the essence of the Montessori Method, to convey it to someone who had never heard of it… Needless to say, the results are …

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Because The Learning Never Stops

Republished from the TMS Newsletter, March 2013 To coincide with the annual AMS (American Montessori Conference), our recent Staff Training Day was spent watching and discussing a lecture presented by neuropsychologist Steven Hughes. From Steven Hughes’ website,  a description of his presentation “Good At Doing Things”: In this highly visual, rapid-paced and entertaining talk, Dr. Hughes describes how Maria Montessori’s …

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Reading Beyond "Reading Aloud"

From the TMS Library: That sound you hear? It’s the clicking of thousands of keyboard keys as bloggers and other writers react to Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic’s recent post on the New York Times website, “I’m Tired of Reading Out Loud to My Son, O.K.?”   Her conversational essay, light and breezy as chiffon, is nonetheless bound to generate a flurry …

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Why "Paths of Joy"?

“It is the child’s way of learning. This is the path he follows. He learns everything without knowing he is learning it, and in doing so passes little from the unconscious to the conscious, treading always in the paths of joy and love.” — Maria Montessori  

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Montessori Classroom Shoe Ideas

Like many schools, TMS has discovered the benefits of classroom shoes. Not only does it keep the classroom cleaner, but for younger students the act of putting shoes on and taking them off again, or helping others with their shoes, helps to reinforce independence and the “care of self” that is so important. Several shoe suggestions are mentioned in the …

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