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How to Choose a Montessori School

February, 2012
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The most important thing about choosing a Montessori school is shopping. You are consumers. When parents visit our schools, I encourage them to shop, to look at other schools and to see what those schools offer. Just like buying a house or a car, price does enter into your choice, but it is first important [...]

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Kindness as Its Own Motive

February, 2012
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We are living at a time in history when genuine acts of kindness and compassion are limited by the fear of a lawsuit or even physical harm. Countless examples have been reported worldwide of injured people lying in the streets that are ignored by those passing by, fearful of [...]

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Taking the Lead in Learning

January, 2012
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My favorite teacher growing up in the Netherlands was actually from Detroit. He once told me the key to his classroom prowess was “a clean white shirt and necktie.” 
In contrast, “being a professor in a slick suit doesn’t make you a great teacher” says the University of Maryland’s Thomas William, a senior field officer who [...]

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Athenian Wisdom – Productive Classrooms

October, 2011
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Walking through a local Shanghai school, I am drawn to a notice board featuring eye-catching cutouts of cherubic children. The board contains a simple phrase in both English and Chinese: “We are pupils, we are happy.” I am tempted to switch the order of the second “we” and “are” to form the question: “We are [...]

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Planning to Learn?

September, 2011
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Angelia Lai is a new teacher in my school. It’s Friday afternoon, at the end of a long training week, when we can finally catch up. I find her preparing her classroom. The walls are covered in shiny tapestries and the books are neatly arranged in student pigeonholes to be collected on day one. After [...]

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The Strength to Carry on

June, 2011
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Much of our time as parents is spent in thinking about ways to make our children’s life easier. We cook them a food they like, take them to places they would enjoy and send them to good schools so they can get a good education and have an ‘easier and more comfortable’ life. We try [...]

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A Grand Day Out for Montessori Kids

June, 2011
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Birthdays are always such important events in children’s lives! The children at the Montessori Schools of Shanghai come to school dressed as Princesses or Princes on their Birthday. We often welcome their Parents too, because love and happiness are wonderful to share. The birth of a child is very special.
We also celebrate another special day [...]

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Honoring the Child

April, 2011
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“A child, at birth, is a candidate for humanity; it cannot become human in isolation.” – Henri Pieron.
With every generation of children, we are given the opportunity to support the moral advancement of humanity. Children are born with a sense of wonder, exploring and learning all they can about their time, culture and place. As adults we [...]

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Leading Together

April, 2011
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Lisa Zhou, a Chinese mother of two, is the chairperson of her school’s parent association; a bilingual school with a strong international dimension. With the help of other parents, Zhou’s parent group has designed a logo for themselves that represents their approach to playing a leading role in their school’s culture. The logo features three [...]

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Moms, Teachers and Montessori

March, 2011
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Three mothers who are also teachers at the Montessori School of Shanghai share with us their choice of Montessori education for their children as a parent and also their decisions to be a Montessori teacher…

Teacher Carole:

I found out about Montessori when I took a job at a Montessori school in the US. I [...]

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Developing Character through Family Games

March, 2011
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Many families have games nights when TV, computers and cell phones are turned off and family members play games, laugh and enjoy being together. On these nights family members play board games, ping pong, foosball and other competitive games which often end in announcing one member as the winner and others as losers. Parents then [...]

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The Power of Learning through Doing

February, 2011
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Recent international standardized test scores, which saw randomly selected Shanghai 15 year-olds outperform their peers in multiple countries in Math, Science, and Reading, may partially vindicate the Chinese approach to learning. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that research suggests that Chinese students spend less time than students in many other countries on athletics, music, and [...]

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Bilingualism: Two Language Advantage

December, 2010
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Speaking a second language has always been cool, and in case you haven’t noticed, bilingual education in the Olympic/Expo era China is hot. It is no secret that the future success of the world’s number two economy will be defined by the way its children are educated. For those with the economic means, sending a [...]

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Educate Children, Using a Kindly Tongue

November, 2010
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“Clean up that mess!”, “Wash your hands before eating!”, “Change those dirty socks!”, “Use shampoo for your hair!” How often do we hear ourselves shouting such commands at our children?
It’s really not an easy task to use a kindly tongue especially after a hard day’s work, after having cleaned up the house perfectly and have the [...]

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Montessori Memory

November, 2010
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I am the mother of two Montessori “children” and was a Montessori teacher. I am pleased that now, as the Head of School, I have two teachers who are also Montessori mothers! Many young women “discover” Montessori when they are looking for excellent and loving care for their children. As the child grows and learns, [...]

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