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Bursting the Montessori Bubble

"At what point do you burst the Montessori bubble?" a friend recently asked.  She has two young children in Montessori, but is considering taking the traditional education route once they finish Primary. My first thought was, Why would you want to burst it?

Why leave Montessori if you don't have to?

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But my friend is not alone in her concern: many parents feel that Montessori shelters children from tests, grades, and competition.  Based on their own...

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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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