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Father’s Day Breakfast – Banana Pecan Pancakes

Something Special for Dad on Father’s Day Sunday is Father’s Day and children enjoy making something special for Dad. This Montessori-inspired cooking idea provides a great treat for Dad and is a fantastic sensory activity for children of any age.  Children learn from exploring the sight of the ingredients, feeling the textures, smelling the spices, hearing the clink-and-whirl of […]

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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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Montessori Concept Clip: The Practice of Practical Life Lessons

The Montessori Method of educating was created through an in-depth understanding of child development. Based on her detailed knowledge of the way children naturally learn and grow, Maria Montessori structured her educational method around four main avenues of learning: Practical Life Sensorial Development Development of Language Early Preparation of the Mathematical Mind Practical Life and […]

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Montessori Culinary Celebration: Irish Soda Bread (a Super Child-friendly Recipe!)

Irish Soda Bread, Practical Life, and Montessori March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and people everywhere enjoy this celebration of leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, and all things Irish.  This is a great time to talk about Ireland’s geography and culture.  It is also a reason to incorporate some fun, St. Patrick’s Day themes into your Montessori practical life activities. Cooking is one of my family’s favorite […]

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The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#6 The Prepared Environment

The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult. ~Maria Montessori  Maria Montessori uncovered secrets–ten to be exact. Lucky for us, Mary Ellen Maunz, M. Ed., founder and Program Director of Age of Montessori, is willing to share the treasure of […]

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Foundations for Healthy, Happy Children

The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#5 Individual Differences

When the independent life of the child is not recognized with its own characteristics and its own ends, when the adult man interprets these characteristics and ends, which are different from his, as being errors in the child which he must make speed to correct, there arises between the strong and the weak a struggle […]

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The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#2 Help to Life

This is education, understood as a help to life; [t]his is the bright new hope for mankind. Maria Montessori uncovered secrets–ten to be exact. Lucky for us, Mary Ellen Maunz, M. Ed., founder and Program Director of Age of Montessori, is willing to share the treasure of information within these secrets, and to explain exactly […]

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Honoring The Needs of Every Family in the School Setting

Why Montessori is the Best Gift you’ll ever give your Child (or Grandchild!)

“Mistakes are allowed.” “Mistakes are learning opportunities.” “It is okay, really okay, to make mistakes.” I’ll bet you’ve heard statements like these, but do you believe them? Do you allow yourself to take creative risks, knowing that you might be making a mistake? Do you think innovatively and dare to offer new and different ideas […]

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