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How do I get a child to do things that they dislike?

Here’s a common concern amongst parents and educators: How do I get a child to do things that they dislike? Children need to develop inner discipline, the thought goes, and life does indeed involve at least occasionally doing unpleasant things. We train a child’s capacity for inner discipline by training her capacity to do things […]


Why you need Montessori at Home

What if there were an easier way to raise children? Right now we are juggling work, home, wanting to enjoy ourselves and our family, as well as being a part of our community, alongside serious concerns about humanity, the impact of technologies, and our planet. We believe that Montessori is the antidote we need. Instead […]


Brain-Building Through Play: Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Children

From infancy on, play is an important part of a child’s life. For babies and toddlers, simple, playful interactions with adults help develop sturdy brain architecture, the foundations of lifelong health, and the building blocks of resilience. Through games and playful activities, children can practice and strengthen important executive function skills that will help them throughout their lives, including learning […]


They Who are Strong are Ready

Whilst there are many highlights during a child’s Montessori journey with us, the highlight is often the graduation ceremony,  a celebration to honour the children leaving us & moving on to primary school.  In the lead up, final parent teacher meetings are held, the child’s progress is reviewed & transition reports prepared. It’s wonderful receiving […]


Education as sales

Educators face a seeming paradox. On the one hand, there are things we know to be good for the student to learn. From literacy to the chronology of history, from math facts to human anatomy, we have important knowledge to impart. On the other hand, learning is voluntary. It’s something the student has to choose to do. The student […]


“It is not that we do as we like…”

In The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori describes an interaction between one of her students and a visitor to the school: A lady of high rank once paid the school a visit and, being old-fashioned in her views, she said to a little boy, “So this is the school where you do as you like?” “No, ma’am,” […]


I’m Bored

“I’m bored!” and what we can do about it Sometimes we feel like we have to constantly be available to entertain our child/ren. We have children because we want to enjoy their company, share experiences, watch them grow, and support them when needed. And we can also create inspiring environments that our children can use […]


An Early Advantage

One of the things we teach our toddlers is how to independently put on a coat or jacket. Putting on a coat is a surprisingly difficult task. One has to sort of wriggle one’s shoulders into it without having a clear line of sight. This is why it’s nice when someone helps you with a […]


Montessori is better

A couple of weeks ago, the venerable Emily Oster published a newsletter piece titled “Is Montessori School Better?” Unfortunately for Montessorians, her answer followed Betteridge’s law of headlines: any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered with no. More precisely, her answer was something more like: the question “is X educational or parenting philosophy better” is […]


Early Learning and Lifelong Health

Connecting the Dots Between Early Learning and Lifelong HealthFor families with young children, some of whom will be entering a classroom for the very first time this year, this can also mean a renewed focus on early learning and literacy. We have long known that when young children are exposed to rich learning environments, work with […]


Parental Role in Education

What is the relationship between parenting and education? Humans drive their own growth. But major inputs to that growth are care, instruction, enculturation, curation, mentoring. My starting point: all of this is parenting The scope of the parent is total support for a developing human. Educating and schools are evolutions of parenting: Parents raise a […]


Defending Montessori

Montessori is a radically different approach to education, and thinking it through means that it’s natural, even necessary, to ask tough questions and grapple with critiques. Here are four common objections: Does Montessori ignore the need for adults to be authorities?This could be true of the teacher as a knowledge expert, or of the teacher as […]


Structure, Concentration & Sequence

In April we recommended an episode from the Increments podcast where Matt Bateman from Higher Ground gives a great overview of Montessori education If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it, the below are some highlights: Question: So, is the case that it [Montessori] is simultaneously sort of more structured and less structured than, […]


Free Montessori Books

Internet Archive Books contains over 200 Montessori texts which can be access free ! Users can search by author, subject and language. Click here to search the catalogue Don’t forget you can also find Montessori books at your local library in both hardcopy and digital formats. Click here to search the Moonee Valley Library catalogue Click here […]


The James Webb Telescope

For those that havent seen the latest deep space photos from Nasa’s James Webb Telescope please see the embedded video below. “…we have formulated the concept of ‘nebulae’, likening the creative energies, which will guide the child to absorb from his environment, to the starry ‘nebulae’ from which the heavenly bodies take their origin.” – […]


Useless Help

Can you spot the obstacles to your child’s development? Dr Montessori talked about removing obstacles so that the child can reach their full potential. “The first Right of Man, the Fundamental Right, should recognise the right of the child to be helped to overcome those obstacles which may hinder, repress or deflect his constructive energies […]


The joy of math in Montessori

We wait for a child to ask, pointing at the compartment for zero: “And what should I put there?” We then answer: “Nothing, a 0 is nothing.” But this is not enough. We must make a child feel that 0 is nothing. For this we use exercises that are highly amusing to the children. I […]


Reading & Writting in Montessori

In this podcast episode from Montessori Education Jesse takes a deep dive into reading and writing in the Montessori classroom, as well as some tips for home including; Are academics even considered important in Montessori? How are reading and writing taught in a Montessori classroom? How does Montessori compare to traditional school in reading and […]

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Montessori Australia to develop financial literacy curriculum

Montessori Australia (MA) is actively working towards filling the gap in financial literacy education. Montessori Australia’s Director of Education Services Mark Powell said there was currently no comprehensive and engaging financial education in Australian schools, and young adults often struggled with banking, mortgage and other practical life decisions. “Building confidence in finance and money management […]


Place value as soulcraft

The Montessori curriculum is unreasonably effective. The materials not only allow children to learn more earlier, and not only allow children to learn more effectively, but they also allow children to learn more deeply—to acquire knowledge in a way that allows for the formation of deep character traits. Take place value. Our everyday representation of […]


What is a Montessori education (besides tiny furniture)?

About the Episode In this podcast, Matt Bateman, one of the founders of Higher Ground Education, discusses the Montessori method of education and how it compares to other teaching methodologies. Get ready for tiny furniture, putting on your jacket upside down, and teaching your toddler to make eggs benedict. Topics discussed: Maria Montessori What is […]


False Fatique & The Montessori Work Cycle

What is false fatigue in Montessori? I love this graph from from Spontaneous Activity in Education by Maria Montessori. What you’ll see is a 3-hour work cycle in a classroom in a 3-6 classroom. In this graph the children arrive at 9am. For the first 30 minutes you have the children arriving, settling in, greeting and […]


Montessori Manners

a Montessori way to learn to say please, thank you and sorry without forcing your child   In Montessori you may have come across the kind of old-fashioned term “grace and courtesy.” Grace and courtesy might otherwise be known as manners but most broadly is how we teach our children what is acceptable in our […]


Montessori-educated Children are Happier Adults

We welcome long-awaited academic research which shows a clear link between the Montessori educational approach and greater long-term well-being. The new study has found that children who attend Montessori schools often have greater well-being and happiness in adulthood. The findings, published in academic journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggest a Montessori education is superior to conventional education in […]


Reviewing The Evidence Base of Montessori Education

Did you know that the Montessori educational method has been around for over 100 years now? The method designed by Dr. Maria Montessori has seen a boom of popularity recently, and more schools are opening up under the Montessori name. Yet, research on the effectiveness of Montessori pedagogy has lacked up until recent years. Now […]


How Parents Can Support Teachers

Parents and their children weren’t the only ones who faced a challenging year. The abrupt school shutdowns that happened at the start of the global pandemic were a major setback in teachers’ ability to help children learn. With many children now back in physical classrooms, we thought it might be helpful to highlight ways in […]


The competitive child and Montessori

Does your child always want to be first? Do they always want to win? I see this behaviour a little bit in some younger children but more around children from 5 years and up. Let’s have a look what we can do in our homes when we see competitive behaviour. Montessori and the lack of […]


The Rite Journey Parenting Plan

Montessori Schools and Centres Australia are hosting The Rite Journey Parenting Plan by Andrew Lines on Wednesday August 11th at 7.00pm AEST. This practical workshop is for ALL parents and uses birthdays as a ‘transition template’ for raising responsible adults. It will begin by exploring the world that our children live in, the effects of parenting […]


What is scaffolding in Montessori?

I’m often asked, “What is scaffolding in Montessori?” Scaffolding put simply is building one skill on the next. When I first entered a Montessori classroom, I saw the beautiful materials laid out on open shelves in a clear order. Once the children master a skill, they move onto the next, each building on the next. […]


A Montessori approach to discipline

There is a common misconception that Montessori children are allowed to do whatever they like, and another that Montessori is very strict.   In reality, Montessori falls in the middle of these two extremes. The word discipline doesn’t mean to punish. It is actually based on the root word “disciple” which means “to teach” or […]


The Science of Resilience

Reducing the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development is critical to the progress and prosperity of any society. Yet not all children experience lasting harm as a result of adverse early experiences. Some may demonstrate “resilience,” or an adaptive response to serious hardship. A better understanding of why some children do well […]


Staying neutral, dealing with siblings

You know the scene. Two children both want the same thing. Or one of them is hurting the other. Or they are complaining and nagging each other. We can’t help ourselves, we come to the rescue. “Why don’t you go first and then the other one can have a turn next?” “Why are you always […]

Nature Journalling for Little Ones

Victoria nature festival

The Victorian Government is hosting its first free virtual nature festival from 28 September – 11 October 2020. Meet Victoria’s park rangers online, take a virtual tour of the zoo, learn about Dja Dja Wurrung’s work on Country or check out a webinar about nature and science. These events look interesting for Preschoolers: 28 September Become […]


Mindfulness for Kids

How to Meditate with Your Kids By teaching children meditation and mindfulness skills we help them increase their well-being and enable them to meet the stresses of the world with presence, self-compassion, and openness. In order to help kids of all ages find their way into practicing mindfulness, it can be helpful to give them […]

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A Monument for Children

In honor of Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday, an Italian architect and artist named Matteo Ferroni is crafting a sculpture of her as a monument for children. The sculpture will live in a public square in Perugia, Italy—known as a “Montessori City” because of the training center that Maria founded there in 1950, and because today, 1 […]


Can Montessori Be Taught Online?

Maria Montessori herself believed that education should be a pliable concept—one that is flexible and can be adapted to meet not only the needs of the child, but the constraints of the environment as well. With the current public health crisis and resulting school closures, you might be asking yourself whether or not Montessori can […]


Brain Matters

Carlota Nelson, in her ground-breaking documentary, answers these questions in an enlightening globe-trotting journey about what truly helps make children realize their full potential. BRAIN MATTERS reveals that learning begins way before children go to school and that it’s the experiences children are exposed to that determine their chances for future success. Everyday situations such […]


Anti-racist resources for Montessori families

Dr Montessori believed in education for peace. I believe in peace. Right now it breaks my heart that people do not feel safe in their own skin. Simone from Montessori Notebook has curated the most useful resources she has found. Follow the links that feel good for you where you are on your racial justice […]


Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body

A growing understanding of how responsive relationships and language-rich experiences for young children help build a strong foundation for later success in school has driven increased investment and sparked innovation in early learning around the world. The rapidly advancing frontiers of 21st-century biological sciences now provide compelling evidence that the foundations of lifelong health are […]


Montessori Classroom Principles Work at Home, Too!

A Montessori child chooses independent geography work using simple, screen-free materials at home. As we continue to work and learn during school closures, it is helpful to remember a few simple Montessori classroom principles that can be applied at home. Time In Montessori classrooms, children are not rushed—there is an uninterrupted work period all morning […]


5 Ways Montessori Can Support Social Distancing

Schools across the country are desperately trying to work out how social distancing could work this winter and into spring. With no timescale for when the Covid-19 crisis will end, it is not just a question of meeting government guidelines but allaying the fears of parents now and well into the future. Many people will […]