Community Guidelines

To help our Montessori 101 community stay positive, helpful, and focused on its mission, we ask all members to abide by our group guidelines. When submitting a post for approval, the content must be aligned with what is outlined here.

In the words of Maria Montessori, “Of all things, love is the most potent.”

Montessori 101 Group Community Guidelines
  1. Grace and Courtesy

    We speak with grace and courtesy. We encourage and listen, rather than criticize and attack. We are peaceful and professional in our interactions.

    Hate speech
    Culturally insensitive comments
    Intimidation or harassment
    Name-calling or profanity
    Lashing out/Fighting/Bickering
    Inflammatory comments or GIFs
    Arguing with an admin or moderator
    Using angry or sad emojis to cause emotional pain

Respectful discourse
Peaceful conflict resolution
Asking questions to clarify
Communicating your own point of view in words in the comments

2. Montessori Focus

All posts must be specifically and obviously Montessori-focused in nature.

The word Montessori should be included in every post you submit to our group. If sharing an article, please write an intro with your thoughts and make group relevance clear.

3. No Advertising, Promoting, Selling, or Soliciting

No spam, advertising or soliciting (for yourself or a friend), buy/sell/trade, link dropping, or promoting products, services, requesting funding, or social media pages/groups, via link, image, casual mention, private message, or otherwise.

Admins reserve the right to post affiliate links, articles, course offerings, consultations, and mentoring that may be helpful to the 101 community. Members found soliciting other members within the group or through private message will be banned.

4. We are globally / Culturally Supportive

Politically, culturally, racially, gender-stereotyped, and otherwise insensitive or discriminatory comments/debates are not welcome here.

We are a global forum with a diverse population, and naturally we will have differences in opinions based on our own experiences and worldview. However, we strive to make sure that everyone feels welcome in our group. Note that photos and recommendations of play tent tipis are not allowed in our group (please read our statement on this policy).

We also kindly request that you use gender-inclusive language such as “Montessori friends” or “parents and teachers” or “everyone” rather than “moms/mamas”.

5. Non-Negotiables

Non-negotiables - Medical or religious advice; Rewards and punishments; Behavior charts; Spanking; Screen time for under 3’s; and CIO sleep training.

These are misaligned with our group focus on Montessori. We will, however, share our own stories and offer words of encouragement that are in line with Maria Montessori's theories.

6. Screen Time

We do not allow app, TV show/movie/video, or other technology suggestions/recommendations for ANY age group.

This is not because Montessori is a 100% screen-free philosophy. Rather, these posts tend to go on for ages until we have literally named every children’s show available streaming or otherwise, and the truth is that most children’s cartoon or educational programming is not aligned with Montessori or our purpose in the group.

Philosophical discussions about appropriate use of technology from a Montessori perspective are always welcome.

7. Digital Privacy

We believe that everyone has the right to digital privacy.

We will not share photos or information about our members unless we obtain permission. In addition, we will not post photos in this group that do not belong to us without attribution (link directly to the url source!).

We LOVE pictures of children working, but remember that in all photos/videos posted, children's privates must be covered or unexposed. This includes potty/toilet learning posts.

8. Respectful Moderator/Member Relationships

Members who block or show hostility toward any of the group admin, moderators, or community as a whole will be immediately exited from the group.

Members who continue to engage in arguments when asked by a moderator to stop will be muted. We promise to use this privilege wisely and with the best interest of the group in mind.

9. Global, Not Local

As a global group, this not the place to ask for local Montessori school/co-op/group recommendations or list a job posting.

Our focus is on the larger vision of Montessori education: “The unknown energy that can help humanity is that which lies hidden in the child.” - Maria Montessori

10. Toys, Books, and Holidays

Please post all requests for toy and book recommendations in our subgroup Toys and Books for Montessori 101. Birthday gifts, products recs & questions, etc. Likewise for the Holidays subgroup.

Reporting a post to the moderator team

If you see that any of these rules/guidelines are being violated, please click on the right hand corner of the post and "Report to Admin."

This will red flag the post to your Moderator Team. This is the fastest and easiest way to get support in the group.

You may also contact us through the Montessori 101 Facebook Page with comments, questions, or information about moderation that is currently needed.

Thank You!

FINALLY, a huge THANK YOU to all of you helping to make Montessori 101 a supportive community!

We appreciate all of the parents and teachers who have taken their precious time to volunteer in our group answering questions, sharing quotes by Dr. Montessori, and just generally helping to deepen the conversations.

We can’t do this without you. Your advocacy work matters.

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