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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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Expelled from Preschool?

Has anyone else noticed the latest disturbing trend of expelling preschool aged children from school? Preschool! That’s children three and under being “kicked out” out school for “challenging behavior.” The increasing reports are alarming. “According to the U.S. Department of Education, 6,743 children who were enrolled in district-provided pre-K in 2013-14 received one or more […]

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Seven Helpful Tips for Teaching Social Skills

Ask any parent why they think preschool is important and you’ll probably hear “socialization” listed among the highest priorities–and with good reason. It’s very important for children to develop social skills, especially in the first six years of life. But it isn’t enough for the child to simply “be around” other children. Good social skills, […]

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