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6 Ways to Benefit from Montessori’s Wisdom this Summer

Can you believe it–it’s almost summer! Whoa! Where did the school year go? Are you a parent wondering how you’ll keep all the wonderful benefits of your child’s Montessori education going once school is out? Never fear! The Montessori method is just as applicable at home as it is in the classroom. Here are six […]

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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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Montessori Inspired Autumn Spice Scent Bottles

Montessori Inspired Spice-Scent Bottles Scent or smelling bottles are a classic part of the Montessori curriculum. It’s also an easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself activity. I found these perfect, mini mason jars at the dollar store. Perfect because they are glass (so they have no plastic scent) and the lids are easy to remove and replace–even for very small […]

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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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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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6 Great Ways to Create a Learning Environment at Home

Back to School School is back in session and we parents are either doing a dance of joy, struggling with separation anxiety, or most likely wavering somewhere in-between. Go ahead, take a moment and a deep breath, but don’t go throwing in the towel just yet! Sending your children to even the very best of schools […]

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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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Montessori Culinary Celebration: Stars and Stripes Berry Bread

4th of July, Practical Life, and Montessori It is almost the 4th of July, the day that the United States celebrates its independence. This is a great time to talk about subjects such as pride and patriotism, community, independence, liberty and discipline.  It is also a good reason to incorporate some fun, 4th of July themes into your Montessori practical life […]

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