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Parents, Are We Overdoing the Selflessness?

Cold Coffee, Warm Heart I recently overheard one of my children say, “No Dad, that’s too hot. Mom likes her coffee cold.” I almost fell over laughing. Where on earth had my child gotten the idea that I actually like my coffee cold? True, my coffee is usually stone-cold by the time I’ve finished waiting […]

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Part 2: Maria Montessori: Groundbreaker, Method Maker

The Method (Continued…) Maria Montessori’s educational method starts with a carefully prepared environment. Based on her brilliant insights into the way children really learn, Maria developed hands-on materials that appeal to, and correspond with the child’s developmental stages. Within the prepared environment, materials and lessons fall into four main avenues of learning: Practical Life, Sensorial […]

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Maria Montessori: Groundbreaker, Method Maker

Breaking New Ground The year was 1894 and 25-year-old Maria Montessori had just become Italy’s first female physician and surgeon. Though young, Maria had already accomplished many firsts for a woman. When she was twelve years old, Maria was the only girl to attend the technical school where she studied mathematics. As a teenager, she […]

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Rotten to the core?

Is Education in America Rotten to the Common Core?

U.S. students tested below average in math, and barely average in science and reading, when compared to more than 60 other developed countries (according to Program for International Student Assessment.) If you have been following the current news reports regarding Common Core Educational Standards in the U.S., you know that the sobering statistic above is […]

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Stages of Development

Stages of Development and How Children Learn

Maria Montessori observed that all children, regardless of culture or locale, experience the same stages of development at approximately the same age. It is easy to see that children everywhere learn to walk and talk, lose baby teeth, etc., at approximately the same age. Developmental milestones that take place in the minds of children are […]

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Sensitive Period

Early Childhood Development – Observing the Absorbent Mind

I could sit for hours watching my son (7 months), as he explores the world with curiosity and focus that Montessorians call the “Unconscious Absorbent Mind” (Age 0-3). It’s as though I can see the wheels turning in his head as he stares with a fixed soft gaze and mouth gaping, while he explores an […]

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Say “Yes” to Early Reading

When Do You Expect Kids to Read? When the topic of early (preschool age) reading comes up, I always remember a particularly thought-provoking conversation I had with my friend a few years ago.  Our kids had both just turned four, and thus, had one year of preschool behind them and one still ahead.  During the […]

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Top 3 Brain Boosters for Your 2 to 6-month-old

My little man is now 3 months old, and it’s a joy to watch the budding brain that’s unfolding before my eyes.  He has gone from holding his hands in a tight fist to beginning to swat, reach, grab and pull.  He progressed from barely being able to see black and white contrasts, to enjoying […]

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Top 3 Tips to Raise an Infant the Montessori Way: Maximizing His Potential

 As I look down into the eyes of my 7 week old, I am captivated by the vast potential that lay behind those grayish-blue eyes gazing back at me.  Being educated in the Montessori Way (via the Age of Montessori Informational Course), I realize the first 3 years of life are the most important for […]

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