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Raising Young Siblings that Love Each Other

As parents, we want our children to have a loving and caring relationship with their siblings.  We hope our children will form friendships with one another that will get them through the rocky road of life.  However, in the early years it can feel like all they do is fight for your attention and over […]

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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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A Parent’s Perspective on The Fundamental Needs of Mankind

I just finished watching the latest Age of Montessori webinar entitled, The Fundamental Needs of Mankind, and what really “sunk in” for me is this: all of the different topics within the elementary-level curriculum really are connected. Maria Montessori refers to this as the “Cosmic Plan.” “The secret of success is found to lie in […]

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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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5 Ways to Nurture your Child’s Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

People with high emotional intelligence tend to be more successful in all areas of their lives. So what can you do to help nurture your child’s EQ? By now, you’ve likely heard the term Emotional Intelligence or EQ. Emotional Intelligence has been linked with everything from confidence to capability, initiative to innovation, empathy to optimism, and […]

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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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Strawberry Shortcake Sweethearts: A Delicious Valentine’s Day Activity

Even Very Young Children Like to Cook Cooking is an awesome activity to do with your children for a multitude of reasons. First of all, it’s fun! Children love to cook, and we all love to eat what they’ve made. Cooking is also a great way to develop small motor skills (chopping, using utensils, etc.,) sequencing (following […]

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Age-Appropriate Chores for Children…or Not?

I recently came across this chart from The Flanders Family Website: This chart was posted on the Facebook page of “Maria Montessori” and shared a whopping 913,847 times! It also had more than 19,000 comments–and not all of them friendly. Some of the commenters proclaimed that the chores were much too difficult or even dangerous […]

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