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Selfish Lions?

On Raising an Independent Child

Raising a Selfish Lion an Independent Child “Mom, Miss Lyndsey said we are supposed to be selfish lions,” said my three-year-old son after Montessori school one day. Huh? I searched my memory for a clue, what was he talking about? Had he mentioned a book about selfish lions? Did the school have a grace and courtesy lesson […]

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Montessori Culinary Celebration: Irish Scones

Irish Scones, 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 practical […]

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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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Strawberry Shortcake Sweethearts: A Delicious Valentine’s Day Activity

Even Very Young Children Like to Cook Cooking is an awesome activity to do with your children for a multitude of reasons. First of all, it’s fun! Children love to cook, and we all love to eat what they’ve made. Cooking is also a great way to develop small motor skills (chopping, using utensils, etc.,) sequencing (following […]

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Quick, Easy and Irresistibly Delicious Holiday Gift Idea

Do you need a quick, easy and delicious gift? Are you looking for a last-minute gift for teachers, friends, neighbors, maybe even the mailman?  My sister-in-law shared this awesome recipe for sweet and savory, brown sugar and cinnamon toasted pecans.  They are so delicious, I was surprised to learn that the recipe uses egg whites instead of […]

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Age-Appropriate Chores for Children…or Not?

I recently came across this chart from The Flanders Family Website: This chart was posted on the Facebook page of “Maria Montessori” and shared a whopping 913,847 times! It also had more than 19,000 comments–and not all of them friendly. Some of the commenters proclaimed that the chores were much too difficult or even dangerous […]

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~Maria Montessori

A Balance of Risk and Rescue

Today’s parents are bombarded daily with fear-inciting messages regarding the health and safety of our children. On television, in print, all over the internet, everywhere we turn we see things that make us want to cover our children in bubble wrap and tuck them away for safe keeping. No wonder we err on the side of over-protectiveness. Unfortunately, […]

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Observations of the Montessori Prepared Environment

I recently had the pleasure of visiting a local Montessori classroom while on a tour with the director of the school. This particular school is for children as young as two months and continues through eighth grade. As it is currently summer session, the older children were on school break during my visit, but classes […]

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Seven Easy Ways to Bring Montessori into Your Home

Last week, my sister and I were having a little mom-to-mom chat. My sister’s little girl is just reaching toddlerhood and she is giving her home the kid-safe-and-friendly-overhaul. I suggested that she might take this opportunity to bring some of the benefits of the Montessori Method into the mix. She agreed, so long as any ideas were both […]

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