Process versus product

Sep 28, 2018 9:50:05 AM / by Traci posted in skills for life, Montessori education, whitebearmontessori, Toddler, earlychildhoodeducation

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In Montessori education we place a high value on the process children go through to complete a task, versus the end result. Young children have a strong, ingrained desire to experiment, explore and repeat steps with little worry about the end product, unlike an adolescent child or an adult. Here is a wonderful example from one of our Toddler classrooms! 
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A beautiful example of mixed-aged experiences within Montessori education

Jun 5, 2018 1:29:23 PM / by Marnie posted in mixed ages, mentorship, read aloud, skills for life, emergent readers, Montessori education

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One simple way to tell if a Montessori school is remaining true to Maria Montessori's original design is if the children are in a classroom with a variety of ages. In an authentic Montessori pre-school room, for example, the age range should be 3 to 6 years old. At White Bear Montessori, we call this classroom the Children's House, a house for children! But even beyond this age span, our children are given many opportunities to work with everyone, as young as 16 months through the elementary years. 
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Montessori Is Relevant And Still Making News

Apr 10, 2018 4:54:00 PM / by White Bear Montessori School

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You may or may not know that the Montessori philosophy has been around for over a hundred years. We like to call it timeless education for the modern child. However, some people think that Montessori is outdated and irrelevant. Marnie (WBMS Head of School) created a wonderful bulletin board in our lobby to share how relevant Montessori still is in this crazy touch-screen-smartphone-information time that we live in. We don't always have time to read everything on the bulletin board - and some of our readers are not local - so I wanted to share those treasures with you today. 

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Two Toddler Parents Describe Their Montessori Experience

Feb 22, 2018 4:29:00 PM / by White Bear Montessori School posted in Toddler

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I had the pleasure of sitting down with two parents from the Toddler program a few weeks ago and it was so amazing that I want to share it with you over the next few weeks. Meet Kara and Matt, the parents of "Mac" who spends his days in Laurie's toddler environment. I just loved hearing how much they enjoy their son and how their experience as parents of a toddler is filled with joy - rather than frustration. Watch the video below to see what raising a toddler in a Montessori-friendly environment looks like.

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Toddler Financial Aid in Montessori

Jul 27, 2017 5:00:00 PM / by White Bear Montessori School posted in Admissions, Toddler

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Toddler Teacher Training in Montessori

Jul 25, 2017 5:00:00 PM / by White Bear Montessori School posted in Toddler

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You might be thinking: if a Montessori education is founded on the idea of child-led learning, then why do Montessori teachers need so much training?

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Toddler Student - Teacher Ratio in Montessori

Jul 20, 2017 5:00:00 PM / by White Bear Montessori School posted in Toddler

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If you’ve spent much time around a group of children at this curious, exploratory, emotional and perceptive age, you might think that high staff-to-toddler ratios are designed to reign in all that energy.

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When Is The Best Time To Enroll In Montessori?

Jul 18, 2017 4:47:00 PM / by White Bear Montessori School posted in Admissions

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Potty Training in Montessori Toddler Classrooms

Jun 29, 2017 5:24:00 PM / by White Bear Montessori School posted in Toddler, Toilet Training

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One of the biggest challenges parents have with Toddlers is teaching them to use the toilet. Some children take to it right away, others are still working on it when they arrive in preschool. No matter where your child is on the spectrum, the Montessori curriculum for Toddlers is heavily geared towards independent toileting.

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Let me show you something special

Mar 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Marnie posted in child development, toddler, preschool, elementary, white bear montessori

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On a regular basis, most often in preparation for our Wednesday Weekly, I sneak into all our classrooms to snap a few candid photos of each environment. I will start downstairs in Toddler, move up to Children's House and end with Elementary. The impression of this "walk" can be very impactful and I realize what a unique honor it is to have this perspective.  How valuable it would be for all parents to get to walk through the school this way! So please join me in this virtual walk through the school and let me show you some very special things. 

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