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The Ten Secrets of Montessori-#6 The Prepared Environment

The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult. ~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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6 Great Ways to Create a Learning Environment at Home

Back to School School is back in session and we parents are either doing a dance of joy, struggling with separation anxiety, or most likely wavering somewhere in-between. Go ahead, take a moment and a deep breath, but don’t go throwing in the towel just yet! Sending your children to even the very best of schools […]

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Jenny Formon

Your Job as a Parent is…?

Written by Jenny Formon In the Montessori environment, we are committed to providing children with an education for life. A huge part of our curriculum is cultivating characteristics that will benefit the child as he or she grows older. We promote responsibility, problem solving, compassion, and motivation, providing opportunities for the child to grow as […]

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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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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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Faithful Observation & Humility

 I observed little children; I sensed their needs; I tried to fulfill them: they call that the Montessori Method. ~ Maria Montessori For all our discussions about the Montessori Method, here’s the paradox: Maria Montessori did not approve of the term “method.” Rather than the inventor of an educational method, Maria Montessori considered herself to […]

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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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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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Trying to make a child to work against his or her inner fluxes can be a lot like trying to swim upstream.

Human Needs and Tendencies

Know How to Go with the Flow Maria Montessori observed that all children, regardless of race or culture, follow certain patterns of behavior or “tendencies” as they grow and develop. She concluded, after much research in the field of anthropology, that these behavioral patterns have been consistent throughout the history of mankind. Children, and indeed […]

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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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