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An Acorn Philosophy

For me, one of the greatest parts of being a teacher at Mountain Sun Community School is that we are able to educate organically. The word “organically” has perhaps been reinvented many times, but in my opinion, it is the best way to describe…
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Why We Don’t Have School the Day After Spring Forward

Regardless of one’s opinions about Daylight Savings Time (DST) and whether it should or should not exist, it is coming. On Sunday, March 14th.  Brace yourself and set a reminder on your phone. We will all lose one hour in the day, and…
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Teaching & Storytelling

“Everyone has imagination: it is something great which reflects the light and asks for expansion.”Maria Montessori Planning time. Any teacher likely will say that she spends a lot of time planning, planning individual lessons as well…
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Books to Explore and Celebrate Diversity with Children

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox This is a lovely story that helps us recognize and appreciate all of the ways we are the same and different from people all around the world. Our homes, food, and words may look and sound different, but on the…
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5 Montessori Areas to Have at Home

Montessori schools encourage, scaffold, and celebrate children’s independence and believe it is an integral part of preparing the child for success in life. Dr. Montessori believed that education should be an aid to life. She believed that…
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The Montessori Philosophy: Cultivating Peaceful Independence

By Michael Brown, Ph.D. | Brevard, NC “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Dr. Maria Montessori.  More than a century ago, Dr.…