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Homework: Essential or Excessive?

Is homework an essential tool for a quality education, or an infringement on important family time? In the webinar titled, “The Great Controversy: Homework,” Age of Montessori’s founder and Program Director, Mary Ellen Maunz, and elementary teacher at  Middle Creek Montessori, Kristen Nowak, discuss the pros and cons of homework and reveal several helpful strategies […]

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5 Ways to Raise Confident Kids

As parents, we want our children to have solid self-esteem to build on as they grow up and face the choices and challenges of becoming healthy, happy, fulfilled adults. Self-confidence is an essential ingredient in the recipe for a rewarding life. The Montessori Method is especially mindful of your child’s developing self-esteem and its ultimate […]

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5 Things Montessori Teachers Do Differently

The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.  ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind” Have Faith One of the biggest differences between Montessori and traditional teachers is the way the teacher perceives the child. You may have heard […]

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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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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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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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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why Knowing Really IS Half the Battle

Kicked Out “No big deal, my son gets kicked out of stuff all the time!” When my friend made this carefree announcement, I admit I was surprised. Mind you, it wasn’t because of her son’s having been “kicked out,” on the contrary, I could completely relate. In fact, I’ve heard so many variations of “please […]

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FAQ: Can Children Learn Social Skills in the Montessori Classroom?

Recently, while reading a forum discussion about the Montessori Method, I came across the following comment: [The Montessori Method is] not focused on social interactions among children: Montessori fosters independence in children through  age-appropriate “jobs” that are designed with conceptual learning blocks in mind. I’ve observed children be really self-sufficient, confident and proud when in […]

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