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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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Language, Letters and Literacy

Children and Language According to Webster’s dictionary, language is defined as “the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other.” Language makes it possible for humans to pass information from one individual to the next, and to share their inner thoughts and feelings. Communication and language are innate […]

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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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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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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 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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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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