Blog from Daycroft Montessori School

  • Thursday, May 4, 2017

    7-8 Grade Blog

    Seven8sweetS

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  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    7-8 Grade Blog

    7th grade visits Central Michigan University linguistics professor

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  • Monday, May 1, 2017

    7-8 Grade Blog

    SPACE

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  • Friday, April 28, 2017

    7-8 Grade Blog

    LINGUISTICS

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  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    7-8 Grade Blog

    Maker Works, a maker space with tools – POWER TOOLS.

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  • Monday, March 13, 2017

    Peace Education - Developing Internal Discipline

    At Daycroft, we design our classroom environments and curriculum to encourage self-discipline. One of Dr. Montessori’s hallmark insights over 100 years ago was that adults often get in the way of children’s development.  We carry their backpacks, zip their coats, pour their juice, and give them answers to questions – why? – because we love them.  Yet each time we do something for a child that they can do for themselves, we rob them of the opportunity to practice and refine their motor and cognitive skills.  Of course, we don’t throw them to the wind.  We offer support and we do things for them, like get them a glass of water at the table if they are already sitting down.  But we should not help with their stuff and always do for them if they can do it themselves.  The same goes for discipline.  When we impose external forces, rewards, punishments, even corrections, children are not developing internal discipline – the ability to do the right thing, the ability to resist, to be prosocial because it’s the right thing to do.  Instead, they often learn how not to get into trouble, how to behave in order to get what they want, or worse; they learn they have to be perfect in order to be loved.

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