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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 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+ 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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Pete the Cat: Is Our Pre-Reader Ready to Read?

I recently received my weekly email from BabyCenter with the subject line, “Is your 4-year old ready to read?” It struck me for a few different reasons, primarily because of its marketing ploy to conjure up the anxiety and comparison of my child to other children (and the email goes on to say not to […]

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Getting Up to Date with Age of Montessori

From Mary Ellen Maunz, Program Director October greetings! I write with lots of rain coming down outside.  Southwest Montana often has gorgeous extended Indian summers, but not so much this year. Oh well, it’s back to school and more indoor activities. I’d like to fill you in just a bit on my summer.  It has […]

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