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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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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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5 Excellent Ways to Teach Empathy

Why Teach Empathy? I recently participated in a writing challenge called NAPIBOWRIWEE, or National Picture Book Writing Week.” During this event, participants are challenged to write one picture book a day for seven days. On each day of the challenge, there is an inspirational blogpost with guest authors, illustrators, editors, or agents. The first blog […]

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Your Job as a Parent is…?

Written by Jenny Formon In the Montessori environment, we are committed to providing children with an education for life. A huge part of our curriculum is cultivating characteristics that will benefit the child as he or she grows older. We promote responsibility, problem solving, compassion, and motivation, providing opportunities for the child to grow as […]

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Webinar: Change in a Montessori Students Life

FAQ: How will my child adjust to traditional school after being in Montessori school?

Change is good, right? One of the most common questions parents ask is how will my child fare when he or she transitions from Montessori school into traditional school? Whether it be kindergarten, college or somewhere in between, most Montessori students will eventually switch to another type of school. Parents worry that children accustomed to learning […]

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Why Grandparents Are Superheroes

Grandparents Have Superpowers! When my family lived in Montana, my children got to spend a lot of time with their grandparents. Gram and Pop, as my boys lovingly call them, lived just minutes away. They were very involved with their grandsons on a daily basis, regularly picking them up from school or inviting them for […]

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Gratitude and Appreciation

“[H]istory should not be taught as a collection of dates and places. But rather be approached to arouse gratitude and appreciation. This gratitude should be aroused first to the law and order of the universe and the preparation of the environment into which human beings came.” ~ Maria Montessori Here in the United States, we […]

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FAQ: Can Children Learn Social Skills in the Montessori Classroom?

Recently, while reading a forum discussion about the Montessori Method, I came across the following comment: [The Montessori Method is] not focused on social interactions among children: Montessori fosters independence in children through  age-appropriate “jobs” that are designed with conceptual learning blocks in mind. I’ve observed children be really self-sufficient, confident and proud when in […]

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