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Correcting the Children's Work

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Correcting the Children's Work
When “correcting” becomes “error analysis”, it becomes a tool for us, it enhances our work with the children, and we are using this old idea of “correction” in a way that supports each child’s self construction ...

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Montessori and the Words of Nym

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Montessori and the Words of Nym
Here's a new nym group, and two other word groups that elementary children will LOVE to explore!

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The Symbol for Pi Isn’t Pi! (Or is it?)

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The Symbol for Pi Isn’t Pi!  (Or is it?)

One of the charts used as we tell The Story of Our Numerals depicts Ancient Greek Numerals.  Upon inspection (and comparison with the text of the story), it seems that although the story states that the symbol used by the Ancient Greeks to represent the numeral “5” was pi  (the first letter of the Ancient Greek word for five, pente), the chart, appears to depict the Greek letter gamma for the numeral 5!     So what’s going on? The Ancient Greeks had 2 different numerals systems, one of which succeeded the other.  First came the Acrophonic system (also called Attic or Herodian), then later,...

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Montessori Does It Backwards!

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Montessori Does It Backwards!
Here are some examples of these astonishing “backwards” principles that can be observed in the Montessori approach.  They are as remarkable today as they were when Montessori first discovered them

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Making a Timeline

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Making a Timeline
Don't buy additional, adult-made and manufactured timelines as your children become interested in various topics.  There is a much better option ...

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