Pattern Blocks Giveaway

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  Our new life here in San Francisco is full of days spent at the beach, combing for beach glass, examining ocean creatures that have washed up on the shore, carrying sandy shoes for miles, and playing chicken with the crashing waves. The children love it. They draw maps in the sand and race each other down the beach too far away for my comfort, … [Read more...]

Montessori 101: The Basics

Montessori Basics! Have you ever wondered what a Montessorian believes? This is for you.

As Montessori teachers and parents... 1. We follow the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). She was a medical doctor, a teacher, a philosopher, and an anthropologist. Her progressive view of children was way beyond her time, and her writing is still very relevant today. Interested in reading some of her work yourself? You should! Try … [Read more...]

Why We Should Get Rid of Their Toys

Getting Rid of Their Toys

Every three months or so I go crazy decluttering my house and removing nearly all of the children's toys. I'm not an organized person by nature, so while my minimalist goals may never be reached, I find the process necessary for my own sanity. While I'm on the three month declutter mission, my closets fill with giant garbage bags and fill up with … [Read more...]

Was Maria Montessori an Unschooler?

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What would happen if there were no schools, no teachers, and no standards for learning? Would children be set free from the chains that bind their natural desire to learn?  Unschooling parents, fed up with schools run more like processing plants than learning centers, certainly believe so. But does Maria Montessori, as she seems to suggest in The … [Read more...]

A Planet Without Schools

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Somewhere out there in the universe, I imagine there is a wonderful world where children don't go to school at all. They are not removed from the rest of society to be measured by the strengths and weaknesses of their age level peers. They are not force-fed facts. They are not tested on skills and judged on their abilities. In fact, no standards at … [Read more...]