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24 Things You'll Only Understand If You Went To Montessori School

♫ Tell me the continents, tell me the continents! ♫

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1. Wasting time in practical living when you didn't want to do real schoolwork.

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2. The desperate need to ALWAYS touch things because you had a hands-on approach to life.

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3. Chanting this mantra before lunch: "Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat."

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4. Walking EVERYWHERE, single file, "on the line."

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5. Learning sounds from those nifty laminated cards.

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6. So. Many. Jars. Of. Colored. Water.

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And pouring them back and forth.

7. Tracing sandpaper numbers and letters on those brightly colored sheets...

8. ...and eventually graduating to drawing them in a box of rice with your finger.

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9. Two words: BOB BOOKS.

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Also featuring Dot and Mag the dog.

10. Learning geography for the first time through hands-on map puzzles...

♫ TELL ME THE CONTINENTS, TELL ME THE CONTINENTS! ♫
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TELL ME THE CONTINENTS, TELL ME THE CONTINENTS! ♫

11. ...and eventually making your own continents poster.

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12. Transferring dried beans back and forth to learn measurements.

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Also attempting to eat the beans, which you quickly discovered were NASTAY.

13. Learning math for the first time on this contraption...

THE ABACUS.
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THE ABACUS.

14. ...and learning place value with these colorful beads.

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15. Always sitting in a circle on the ground.

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Criss-cross apple sauce.

16. Never having to worry about tests, grades, or homework.

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Because those things didn't actually exist.

17. Taking a nap whenever you damn well pleased.

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Nap hour? More like NAP WHENEVAH I WANT.

18. Distinctly rolling your nap mat with the roll/smooth technique.

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ROLL SMOOTH ROLL SMOOTH ROLL SMOOTH.

19. "Dressing frames" that taught you how to tie, button, and snap.

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20. THESE THINGS.

Geoboards were everything.
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Geoboards were everything.

21. AND THESE.

The colorful beanbags that were oddly satisfying to play with.
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The colorful beanbags that were oddly satisfying to play with.

22. Gettin' handsy with real world organization techniques.

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23. Birthday celebrations that looked a lot like this.

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Because birthdays were the best way to also learn about planetary revolution.

24. And developing your first (and best) friendships during recess.

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