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Montessori and Positive Discipline

In this blog post, Washington Montessori School explores how the Positive Discipline approach strikes the right balance between constructively guiding children and fostering their independence. Read on to learn how Positive Discipline works in the Montessori classroom — and how it can be implemented in the child’s home environment.

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Inside the Middle School Expert Project
Middle School

Inside the Middle School Expert Project

In this blog post, Tom Fahsbender, Director of Middle School Experiential Learning, unpacks the philosophy and methodology behind a staple of Washington Montessori’s Middle School curriculum: the 8th-grade Expert Project.

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Montessori Matters | We Cherish Our Values
From the Head

Montessori Matters | We Cherish our Values

Early one Sunday morning, I awoke to a flurry of emails, all sending me a New York Times article about the successful educational practice of “looping,” keeping a child in the same classroom for more than one year.

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Washington Montessori School Is…
Middle School

Washington Montessori School Is…

Some of our eighth grade students reflect on their time at Washington Montessori School, whether they started with us as toddlers in YCC or joined as Middle Schoolers.

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Why Montessori?
From the Head

Why Montessori?

Grandparents and Special Friends Day last Friday was a day of pure joy and deep connection. It was so inspiring to watch hundreds of adults — many of whom had never been on our campus — discover WMS through the children’s eyes.

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Montessori Matters | We Cherish Our Values
From the Head

What Does a Great School Look Like?

Maria Montessori has some guidance for us in answering this question. In The Child, Society and the World she writes: “As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.”

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Montessori Matters | We Cherish Our Values
From the Head

The Importance of Mission

While Maria Montessori’s method is over 100 years old, the approach she pioneered is a tradition of innovation. The more frequently we connect to the tenets of that method, the more our school reaches today’s children.

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