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Embrace Joy

Reposted from the Toddler Guru blog by FCM Toddler House Director Angie Ma:

“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”
― Brené BrownThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

I’m only one of the 8 million people that watched Dr. Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability, but the truth and clarity of her talk resonated so deeply with me that I sought out her interview and ravenously devoured her newest book, Daring Greatly.

She stopped me fully in my tracks explaining, “Joy is the most terrifying emotion.” It took me a second and her astute explanation to take that one in. Take those moments, she explains, when we gaze upon our sl…

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Rather than Praise

Reposted from the Toddler Guru blog by FCM Toddler House Director Angie Ma: What do we do instead of praise and reward our children? When a child comes to us beaming with pride, stop and share fully in the moment with the child. Share his joy and exuberance without words, and listen  rather than […]

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Montessori Language Material

Reprinted from the blog of Angie Ma, Follow the Child Montessori School Toddler House Lead Teacher

Over the past six years we have amassed a huge collection of language materials for our Toddler House classrooms. According to our AMI Assistants to Infancy training, we rotate a selection of Real Objects or Replicas, Objects and Exact Matching Images or Objects and Photographs. Daily, we present the materials in individual and group lessons. The children also work with these materials individually during the work cycle. Of course, language is a part of the entire environment- the most important part during this Sensitive Pe…

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The Silent Journey and the Discovery

Lower Elementary work

Children’s House work

It’s that time of year again. Dozens of parents at Follow the Child Montessori School are setting their cell phones to vibrate, donning their sneakers, and getting ready for some lessons. The Silent Journey and Discovery is parent education workshop that allows parents to take a mental time-out from all the interruptions of their busy lives to truly absorb Montessori education. There are new parents, veteran parents, caregivers, teachers and staff, many are attending the Journey for the first time and still others are returning for a fresh perspective.

On the first evening, parents new to Montessori education have a chance to examine the classrooms (looking, but not touching)—not just those classrooms serving their own child’s age, but also those that their child will move into someday. Free from distraction, and given the time to truly absorb the surroundings and reflect on the age group, one begins to see the magic…

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