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Why Montessori Education has Stood the Test of Time

Fads come and go, and those in education are no exception. In the past few decades, I’ve watched the rise and fall of educational models such as The Phonics Method, The Open Classroom Approach, and New Math. But as we all know, fads rarely last. Then there’s the Montessori Method. Despite being over a hundred […]

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5 Ways to Raise Confident Kids

As parents, we want our children to have solid self-esteem to build on as they grow up and face the choices and challenges of becoming healthy, happy, fulfilled adults. Self-confidence is an essential ingredient in the recipe for a rewarding life. The Montessori Method is especially mindful of your child’s developing self-esteem and its ultimate […]

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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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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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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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