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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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Montessori Matters | We Cherish Our Values
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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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Why Montessori?
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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
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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
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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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Friday Coffee Cart Gathering
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Friday Coffee Cart

Another snowy week caused us to guess and pivot. These weeks are difficult for all of us, and I thank you for being patient and flexible. Despite limited time in

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Friday Coffee Cart Gathering
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Friday Coffee Cart

It just keeps coming……and I mean the snow, not COVID—well, at least here at WMS. Our faculty and staff were tested this past week and everyone came up negative. Without

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Friday Coffee Cart Gathering
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Friday Coffee Cart

It was a short week due to the snow days on Monday and Tuesday, yet the days off and the several inches of snow brought a heightened energy to the

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