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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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Strawberry Shortcake Sweethearts: A Delicious Valentine’s Day Activity

Even Very Young Children Like to Cook Cooking is an awesome activity to do with your children for a multitude of reasons. First of all, it’s fun! Children love to cook, and we all love to eat what they’ve made. Cooking is also a great way to develop small motor skills (chopping, using utensils, etc.,) sequencing (following […]

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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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Is Education in America Rotten to the Common Core?

U.S. students tested below average in math, and barely average in science and reading, when compared to more than 60 other developed countries (according to Program for International Student Assessment.) If you have been following the current news reports regarding Common Core Educational Standards in the U.S., you know that the sobering statistic above is […]

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The Birth of a Mathematical Mind

Ooooh look, the square root of twenty five!      All humans are born with mathematical minds. Let me say that another way: all human babies come into this world naturally hardwired to learn mathematics. Why then, you ask, are so many of today’s children growing up to be ‘mathematically illiterate’ adults? Because–as great thinkers such […]

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6 Great Ways to Keep Them Reading This Summer

As our children’s first and foremost educators, we parents play an essential role in teaching our kids to read and—maybe just as importantly–to love reading. Now that summer has arrived, why not take advantage of the school-break to encourage your kids to pick up a book?  Here are a few strategies to help you encourage […]

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Say “Yes” to Early Reading

When Do You Expect Kids to Read? When the topic of early (preschool age) reading comes up, I always remember a particularly thought-provoking conversation I had with my friend a few years ago.  Our kids had both just turned four, and thus, had one year of preschool behind them and one still ahead.  During the […]

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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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Montessori Inspired Education – Outdoor Classroom Ideas

Get Them Outside! Now that the weather is improving a bit, what could be better than moving some of the daily learning experience outside?”  Maria Montessori was a real advocate for the outdoor classroom.  She placed a lot of emphasis on getting children outdoors and connecting with nature. “There must be provision for the child […]

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