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Ten Reasons to Bring Montessori’s Wisdom Home

You’ve probably heard of Montessori. You may also know that Montessori is an educational approach based on a child’s natural stages of development. But did you know that Montessori’s in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the child’s growing mind, body, and spirit, can be used at home? Your child’s education begins at home, long before […]

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The Significance of Sensitive Periods

Science and Sensitive Periods What can cats, mice, and monkeys teach us about the way our children develop? And what can this possibly have to do with Montessori? The answer to both questions boils down to two words: sensitive periods. Back in the 1960’s, researchers discovered that kittens deprived of visual input during the first […]

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The Right Tools at the Right Time

Your child needs the right tools at the right time… Developmentally speaking, the first six years are the most important of your child’s life. Science tells us that children develop 85% of core brain structure by the time they are six years old. Your child will build on this core foundation throughout the rest of his […]

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Your Child’s Developmental “Windows of Opportunity”

The Burning Fire of Interest! Do you know that your child is experiencing developmental “windows of opportunity”? I call them windows of opportunity because while the “window is open” your child has an amazing opportunity to learn specific information and skills easily and spontaneously. Once the window has closed, however, the same information/skills must be […]

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Why We Need to Share the Wisdom of Montessori

“People need this…it is an awakening of everything we want for our children.” ~ Mary Ellen Maunz, Age of Montessori Founder, Program Director The wisdom of Montessori is much more than an educational method, it is a way of life. It’s an in-depth understanding of the child’s stages of development and the ability to guide his […]

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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-#4 Sensitive Periods

A sensitive period is a [child’s] burning fire of interest in something, during the period of time that a child acquires a new specific skill. ~Mary Ellen Maunz 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 […]

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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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Montessori Stages of Development for Early Learning

Sensitive Periods of Development Strike up a conversation with any practiced Montessorian and, sooner or later, the words “sensitive periods” will likely crop up. So, what are these discussion-inspiring sensitive periods, and why are they so important? As Mary Ellen Maunz, Master Montessori Teacher and Founder of Age of Montessori, states, “a sensitive period is […]

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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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