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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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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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Celebrations Around the World with Montessori-Inspired Activities

Celebrations Around the World! As the end of the year approaches, many delightful celebrations take place throughout the world. One of the riches of the Montessori Method is the message of universal respect to people of different backgrounds, cultures, and countries. Today, we honor the many beautiful and wondrous ways that people celebrate, and bring […]

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Montessori Culinary Celebration: Stars and Stripes Berry Bread

4th of July, Practical Life, and Montessori It is almost the 4th of July, the day that the United States celebrates its independence. This is a great time to talk about subjects such as pride and patriotism, community, independence, liberty and discipline.  It is also a good reason to incorporate some fun, 4th of July themes into your Montessori practical life […]

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Selfish Lions?

On Raising an Independent Child

Raising a Selfish Lion an Independent Child “Mom, Miss Lyndsey said we are supposed to be selfish lions,” said my three-year-old son after Montessori school one day. Huh? I searched my memory for a clue, what was he talking about? Had he mentioned a book about selfish lions? Did the school have a grace and courtesy lesson […]

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Activity is Vital to Your Child’s Development

Written by Ruth Barker Did you know that around eighty percent of the foundation neurons of the brain develop in the first six years of life? So, an early environment that invites a child to actively participate is imperative to the growth and development of the human being! Why is such activity just so very […]

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Seeing Progress in a Child’s Work

Written by Jenny Formon There are numerous ways a child shows growth and progress in the classroom. Some are obvious: being able to write his name, mastering sounds, identifying numbers. Then there is the progress that without careful observation can go unnoticed. This growth is typically in the social aspect of the class and can […]

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A Sensory Cooking Activity for Mother’s Day: Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Delicious Strawberry Muffins for Mother’s Day Brunch Cooking provides 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 the utensils and, of course, tasting the results. “The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge. […]

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What Montessori Training Really Is (or Should Be!)

Good quality Montessori training is a very deep study of childhood development; it is a spiritual transformation; it is an analysis of everything it takes to help the child. ~Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed., Founder, Program Director, Age of Montessori Training to become a Montessori educator is much more than learning a teaching method. To truly […]

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