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Modeling Mastery for Our Children

You are a super model, did you know? In fact, if you are a parent, teacher, or child caregiver, you are one of the world’s most influential super models! What is she talking about, you might be asking? I’m talking about the importance of role modeling for our children. As Victoria Brailsford, Age of Montessori faculty […]

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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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Weeds, Seeds, and Finding Beauty

I weeded my garden yesterday.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t like weeding. It was hot and the bugs were biting, but it still didn’t escape my notice that the daylilies were exceptionally beautiful. Kneeling in the dirt, I was face to face with a sprig of these vividly orange beauties. […]

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Seven Easy Ways to Bring Montessori into Your Home

Last week, my sister and I were having a little mom-to-mom chat. My sister’s little girl is just reaching toddlerhood and she is giving her home the kid-safe-and-friendly-overhaul. I suggested that she might take this opportunity to bring some of the benefits of the Montessori Method into the mix. She agreed, so long as any ideas were both […]

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The Powerful Stuff of Peace

‘True peace […] suggests the triumph of justice and love among men; it reveals the existence of a better world wherein harmony reigns.” ~ Maria Montessori, Peace and Education, 1965 Is it possible that this better, more harmonious world–which Maria Montessori spoke of more than 50 years ago–could be within our making? After surviving two […]

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Top 3 Tips to Raise an Infant the Montessori Way: Maximizing His Potential

 As I look down into the eyes of my 7 week old, I am captivated by the vast potential that lay behind those grayish-blue eyes gazing back at me.  Being educated in the Montessori Way (via the Age of Montessori Informational Course), I realize the first 3 years of life are the most important for […]

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The Silver Lining of Observation

We finally brought out all the holiday decorations. For our family, it’s a fun time of year, especially as the girls are getting older and not only understanding more, but also appreciating all the beauty of the season. I love to transform the house for the festivities, and I think my daughters are following suit. […]

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Saying Goodbye, Old Ways and New in Montessori Education

Transitioning to a new school is tough. But the morning drop-offs the first week were honestly, dare I say, miserable. Tears, screams, hugs, rocking, pouty lips. Every day I walked out exhausted, and it was only 8:30 am. Would it ever change? When we transitioned our youngest daughter, Parker—our more “go with the flow” kid […]

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