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Montessori Nuggets: When Your Child Knows Better Than You

This morning, while browsing through my Montessori books, I came across a short speech that Dr. Montessori gave in England, ca. 1930. I have taken the liberty of transcribing it to this blog from the book "The Child, Society, and the World". As you read this speech, it's important to remember that the Montessori approach is an entire philosophy, with each principle dependent on the presence of many others to function properly. Therefore, when Dr. Montessori talks about giving children...

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Filling the Bucket

An acquaintance recently posted this picture on his Facebook page:



Nice imagery... But how do you fill that darn bucket? Praise? Rewards? A bucket full of "good jobs", A+, and gold medals? Honestly, I don't think it's the parents' responsibility to fill the bucket. Only by letting the child fill it on his own will we ensure that it will never run dry.

The only way we can encourage the child to fill his own bucket is by giving him experiences in which he can find success. The crawling baby will...

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