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Extensions

One of the activities I felt was lacking in my child's previous Montessori experience was the use of extensions. No, I'm not talking about artificial hair pieces! Extensions are activities that are introduced after the initial presentation with a material, in order to encourage the child to re-visit the material and solidify the skills and/or concepts it's designed to provide.

Yesterday, my son came out of his new school with a huge smile, holding this painting:

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This is a perfect example of an...

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Art & Montessori

A common misconception among Montessori skeptics is that there isn't enough emphasis on teaching art in the Montessori classroom. If their definition of teaching art includes 25children sitting together, making paintings that look almost exactly the same, based on the teacher's original idea, then they are absolutely right: you will NEVER find this type of art instruction in a genuine Montessori environment.

(As one friend says: "In conventional school art classes, the teacher has to write...

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