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The Why’s and How’s of Teaching Your Child Courtesy and Respect

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve no doubt noticed our culture’s current trend toward discourteous and disrespectful behavior. Whether it’s something in the news (or fake news, as they say) or a more immediate source–such as the middle-finger brandishing driver that cut you off this morning–our daily lives (and our children’s) are filled with […]

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Why Connect with Nature?

Nowadays, children are spending more and more time indoors…think of all the developmental opportunities they’re missing! What can your child learn from nature? As your child observes the way leaves move and sway in the wind, he is developing his vision. As your child hears the many layers of sound in nature, her hearing is […]

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Nature Inspires Learning

Spring has sprung and new life is blooming all around us. What better time to turn our focus to the great outdoors? It has long been understood that a relationship with nature can be physically and mentally beneficial, and recent studies have further validated these beliefs. “Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature […]

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10 Things that Make a Preschool Great

As parents, we’ve all heard the doom and gloom messages about the quality of early education these days. But here’s the good news: preschools everywhere are getting better all the time. Admittedly, if we at Age of Montessori could have our way, we’d probably make every preschool on earth a Montessori school (an authentic Montessori […]

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20 Ways to Get Your Kids Off the Couch!

As you may know, Maria Montessori was a physician (the first female doctor in Italy, actually) before becoming an educator. As such, she was keenly aware of the relationship between physical health and academic growth. The Montessori Method focuses on the whole child, which includes the child’s physical well-being as much as mental, spiritual, and […]

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Pros and Cons of a Montessori Education

Over the years, I’ve had countless conversations with parents regarding the pros and cons of a Montessori education. As parents, we have many different factors to take into consideration when it comes to choosing the right school for our children, factors such as location, cost, hours of operation and, of course, educational approach. Many would rank the […]

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Ten Reasons to Bring Montessori’s Wisdom Home

You’ve probably heard of Montessori. You may also know that Montessori is an educational approach based on a child’s natural stages of development. But did you know that Montessori’s in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the child’s growing mind, body, and spirit, can be used at home? Your child’s education begins at home, long before […]

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A Parent’s Perspective on The Fundamental Needs of Mankind

I just finished watching the latest Age of Montessori webinar entitled, The Fundamental Needs of Mankind, and what really “sunk in” for me is this: all of the different topics within the elementary-level curriculum really are connected. Maria Montessori refers to this as the “Cosmic Plan.” “The secret of success is found to lie in […]

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What on Earth is a Cosmic Education?

If you are looking into Montessori education for your 6- to 12-year-old child (Montessori referred to this age as the “second plane of development”), you will likely hear the term “Cosmic Education.” So, what on Earth does this far-out phrase really mean? As with her educational method for younger children, Dr. Montessori developed the second […]

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The Significance of Sensitive Periods

Science and Sensitive Periods What can cats, mice, and monkeys teach us about the way our children develop? And what can this possibly have to do with Montessori? The answer to both questions boils down to two words: sensitive periods. Back in the 1960’s, researchers discovered that kittens deprived of visual input during the first […]

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