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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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The Ten Secrets of Montessori – #10 Spontaneous Joy!

Social grace, inner discipline and joy. These are the birthright of the human being who has been allowed to develop essential human qualities. ~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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Child Development Through the Senses

Exploration with the Senses Ten-month-old Amy sits in her highchair, little fingers kneading a bite of warm mashed sweet potato. Soon both hands are exploring the soft squishy slightly-sticky stuff. She tastes it, smears it on her face, and paints the vibrant orange color across the blank white “canvas” of the highchair tray. I watch and wonder: will my […]

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Ten BIG Differences between Montessori and Traditional Education

What is the difference between Montessori and Traditional Education? If you are new to Montessori education, often the first question you might ask is “what makes Montessori different?” Truly, the answer to that question is immense! So, in effort to make this bountiful banquet of information a little more digestible, I have organized some of […]

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Why Parents Should Understand their Child’s Development

The First Six Years As parents, we want what’s best for our children. We want to provide everything our children need, when they need it in order for them grow into bright, confident, and joyful adults. However, unless you have an understanding of your child’s cycles and stages of development, you are leaving her future […]

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Language, Letters and Literacy

Children and Language According to Webster’s dictionary, language is defined as “the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other.” Language makes it possible for humans to pass information from one individual to the next, and to share their inner thoughts and feelings. Communication and language are innate […]

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