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6 Ways to Benefit from Montessori’s Wisdom this Summer

Can you believe it–it’s almost summer! Whoa! Where did the school year go? Are you a parent wondering how you’ll keep all the wonderful benefits of your child’s Montessori education going once school is out? Never fear! The Montessori method is just as applicable at home as it is in the classroom. Here are six […]

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6 Perfect Picture Books for Mother’s Day

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to snuggle up and read beautifully written and illustrated books with your children? If your little ones are still small enough for story time–rejoice! They really DO grow up so fast. Don’t miss this chance to spend some special time together; slow down, reconnect and just enjoy […]

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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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Seven Awesome Autumn Picture Books

Ahh, autumn! My favorite time of year. The vibrant colors and cooler temperatures tell me it’s time to grab a mug of spiced cider, cuddle up with the kids, and fall into some awesome autumn reading.  So here I’ve compiled a few of my personal picturebook favs. I hope you and your little ones enjoy them as much as […]

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You Can Teach Early Literacy Skills to your Child–Part 2

Last week’s blog introduced the five essential skills for the foundations of literacy according to Master Montessori teacher and Early Reading Specialist, Randall Klein. In the free online webinar entitled “Essential Skills for Beginning and Struggling Readers,” Randall Klein lists these steps as: Beginning sound isolation Using the alphabetic principle to identify sounds of letters […]

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You Can Teach Early Literacy Skills to your Child–Part 1

For many parents, myself included, the idea of teaching your child to read is daunting to say the least. Something that important should be left up to the experts, right? Well maybe not, especially with statistics like these (according to U.S. Department of Education): 32,000,000 adults in the U.S. can’t read 19% of high school […]

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100 Great Gifts

100+ Montessori-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Infants and Toddlers

Looking for some great gift ideas for those infants and toddlers on your holiday list? Montessori-friendly toys can be just as educational as they are fun. Just a note, I acknowledge that there is not really such a thing as a Montessori “toy.” These “Montessori-friendly toys” are recommended by parents and teachers who use Montessori […]

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Literacy: A Process in the Making

Born to Read Young children are developing literacy skills from the day they are born. This is not to say that little babies will (or should) spontaneously begin to read the moment their little eyes come into focus. What I mean is, early literacy development is a continuous process that starts at birth. As early […]

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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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