Archive | 8. Liberty and Discipline

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first.” ~Harry S Truman

Teaching Children to Self-Regulate

What is Self-Regulation and Why is it Important? According to Age of Montessori’s Professional Development Webinar entitled Freedom and Discipline, Self-regulation is “a vital competency that is at the core of all success in learning and life. It is the ability to: identify and modulate emotions, control impulses, delay gratification, make thoughtful and conscious choices, […]

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FAQ: According to Montessori, You Should Never Tell Children What to Do/Not to Do, Right?

FAQ: Montessori, Freedom and Discipline The misconception that Montessori children are always allowed to do “whatever they want” is a common one. In truth, discipline is an integral part of every Montessori classroom, with the ultimate goal being to teach children to regulate themselves. It is important to understand that self-discipline is not a skill […]

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Boundaries Lead to Security in Children

Freedom in a Controlled Environment As we prepare for Parent-Teacher conferences, I try to think about what information I want to impart to the parents.  Of course we have our progress reports which help us to explain what lessons and concepts have been learned.  We have had more than one Parent Education Night trying to […]

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Why I Didn’t Rescue Lunch

My youngest son, AJ, has just started 5th grade. Over the summer, he has grown leaps and bounds, both in terms of physical size and in his ability to do a multitude of things for himself. Every morning now, he gets himself up, (he remembers to set the alarm without any reminders from me,) makes […]

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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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Top 5 Ways to Manage Your Anger!

Several Montessori parents have been asking Age of Montessori to help them with a Montessori method to manage the anger that results with unsettled  frustrations. Here are 5 key ways to manage your anger during school or home discipline, so your child will manage his too! 1. Walk away. Yes. This is often the first, […]

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Montessori Education and Risk Management

  Even before being introduced to the Montessori concepts, I knew I wanted to raise independent children. The first parenting book I read was Raising Children Who Think for Themselves, by Elisa Medus. I am a natural fit for using Montessori methods except for one small problem: I have inherited the worry gene. My mind […]

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If Everyone Had Montessori Schools, They Wouldn’t Need Freud

Sigmund Freud told Montessori, “If everyone had your schools, they wouldn’t need me!”  As a professional counselor and parenting coach, I became curious as to why Freud made such a bold statement.  In considering what I know about psychology and the Montessori teaching method, I can think of two major reasons for Freud’s strong words. […]

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What Spring Can Teach us About Our Sensitive Children

About Sensitive Children In a recent webinar by Age of Montessori entitled Understanding the Special Sensitivities of Today’s Children presenter Maureen Bright shares her wisdom about how parents, teachers, and care givers can look into the consciousness of especially sensitive (sensory, not emotionally) children, in order to help them cope with our over-stimulating world.  If […]

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Development is the Child’s Work

What is a child’s job?  In Montessori terms, “development is the child’s work,” and that all-important work often looks like play! In behavioral terms, a child’s job is to test rules and boundaries to see what happens when the limits are pushed. Upon closer examination, these are two different ways of saying the same thing. […]

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