Magazine article Montessori Life

The Last Laugh

Magazine article Montessori Life

The Last Laugh

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When she was about 2 years old, my great-niece visited me in my classroom. She played with the acrylic mini tower cubes (a clear, smaller version of the Pink Tower) several times. I later cleaned the tower's pieces and stacked them on a shelf, since they are more for decoration. Several months later, she was playing with an assortment of blocks that just happened to have a bare wood replacement piece for the smallest of the pink cubes. She brought the wooden piece to me and insisted that it went with the "glass" ones. When I asked her why she thought it went with those cubes, she said, "It just got old and turned to wood."

Janie Thompson

Westminster School

Oklahoma City, OK

Child: I'm 4 today.

Teacher: Is today your birthday?

Child: No, I just want to be 4.

Irene Gordon

Childtowne Montessori School

Churchville, PA

In the first weeks of school, we set up an activity for helping the children new to the classroom learn how to walk around the floor mats rather than over them. We set up mats all over the floor close to each other and, taking one child who was having difficulty with this walk, started to guide him through the maze on the floor. "Walk carefully; walk AROUND the mats," we said. …

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