Open House – Here We Come, Year 2!

I’m going to interrupt my little series on freedom and discipline to write a short post about our Open House last Thursday….school starts on Tuesday! Last Thursday I had an optional Open House for all returning families.  It was a drop-in from 12-6 so that parents could work it out with their work schedules.  During… Continue reading Open House – Here We Come, Year 2!

What does it mean to be free?

In my last post I talked about the different ideas or abstractions we each hold related to the ideas of “freedom” and “discipline,” and how these directly affect our interactions with children and our view of education and/or parenting.  In this post I want to elaborate a bit further on what the Montessori idea of… Continue reading What does it mean to be free?

That’s a Wrap! – Graduation, Year 1

There were days (weeks!) that I didn’t know if this day would ever come, but here it is.  The last day of the school year. We had a graduation ceremony this morning at 9:30.  It was more of a “closing ceremony” since only two of our children were actually “graduating” in the sense of going… Continue reading That’s a Wrap! – Graduation, Year 1

Concentration – The Basis of Everything

Yesterday I had the very pleasant experience of being able to work in the classroom alongside the children. We had a very wild morning so we decided to play outside first, and then work in the afternoon (typically we work in the morning, play outside, then eat lunch).  So we played on the playground for… Continue reading Concentration – The Basis of Everything

“Unless you grown-ups become like these little children…” A reflection for Holy Week

This post isn’t about Montessori education, per se, except in the sense in which Maria Montessori described the spiritual preparation of the educator:  “That which the educator must seek is to be able to see the child as Jesus saw him.” (The Secret of Childhood, pg 108) This is a quotation from a passage I… Continue reading “Unless you grown-ups become like these little children…” A reflection for Holy Week