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Why Connect with Nature?

Nowadays, children are spending more and more time indoors…think of all the developmental opportunities they’re missing! What can your child learn from nature? As your child observes the way leaves move and sway in the wind, he is developing his vision. As your child hears the many layers of sound in nature, her hearing is […]

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Nature Inspires Learning

Spring has sprung and new life is blooming all around us. What better time to turn our focus to the great outdoors? It has long been understood that a relationship with nature can be physically and mentally beneficial, and recent studies have further validated these beliefs. “Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature […]

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Eight Great Picture Books for Valentine’s Day

Wondering how to celebrate the upcoming day of hearts and kisses with young children? By reading beautiful, fun, and kid-friendly picture books of course! Here is a list of eight great picture books for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy! Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda   I am a huge fan of Deb Underwood and […]

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Holidays Around the World

8 Great Multicultural Holiday Picture Books

Exploring some of the many holidays celebrated around the world is a fun and interesting way to introduce children to different cultures.  And what better way to teach (and learn,) than to read beautifully written and illustrated picture books? Below is a collection of some favorite children’s books about the wonderful holidays and traditions celebrated around […]

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Lessons

Written by guest author Jenny Formon Work-time in a Montessori classroom is a combination of perfecting previous skills and works, along with receiving new lessons.  There is tremendous value and emphasis in the practice and repetition of already known works.  The repetition of work is important in mastering those works as well as preparing for future […]

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5 Things Montessori Teachers Do Differently

The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.  ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind” Have Faith One of the biggest differences between Montessori and traditional teachers is the way the teacher perceives the child. You may have heard […]

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Father’s Day Breakfast – Banana Pecan Pancakes

Something Special for Dad on Father’s Day Sunday is Father’s Day and children enjoy making something special for Dad. This Montessori-inspired cooking idea provides a great treat for Dad and is a fantastic sensory activity for children of any age.  Children learn from exploring the sight of the ingredients, feeling the textures, smelling the spices, hearing the clink-and-whirl of […]

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