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Brain Development

Raising Healthy Families

How healthy childhoods can prevent chronic disease Dr. Keith Mirante will teach you how to make the right choices for your children that can prevent chronic disease in a FREE EVENT hosted by Children’s Tree Montessori School. You will learn:  Presenter: Dr. Mirante graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa in 2007, with a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic. In 2008 he formed his own private practice, Coastal Chiropractic & Wellness LLC in […]

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Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

Books on Montessori and Child Development: Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain by Sue Gerhardt Why Love Matters explains why love is essential to brain development in the early years of life, particularly to the development of our social and emotional brain systems, and presents the startling discoveries that provide the answers to how our emotional lives work. Sue Gerhardt considers how the earliest relationship shapes the baby’s nervous system, with lasting consequences, […]

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Food preparation for toddlers: Activities to do at home

Food preparation for toddlers: Activities to do at home

As toddlers grow they become more observant and helpful with the activities that parents do every day. These are what Maria Montessori calls Practical Life Activities. One important aspect of practical life is food preparation. Make your kitchen safe and accessible to your toddler. One can have a low drawer for their own utensils that they use, have a special place in the fridge for their food and drink that they can serve themselves. To allow toddlers to help […]

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Montessori Had It Right: We Learn By Doing

Montessori Had It Right: We Learn By Doing

What the secrets of the brain reveal about getting it right when you have to: Most four- and five-year-olds can sing the alphabet song and print their names, but few can actually read. So, what does it take to push these kids to accomplish this cognitive milestone? A majority of parents and teachers alike think the answer to this question is lots of practice naming letters and sounds out loud. But, reading practice isn’t the whole story or perhaps […]

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Don’t Just Stand There, Think!

Don't Just Stand There, Think!

A series of studies, has shown that children can solve math problems better if they are told to use their hands while thinking. Another study suggested that stage actors remember their lines better when they are moving. This article, published in the Boston Globe, examines the link between movement and cognition: When you read something confusing, or work a crossword puzzle, or try to remember where you put your keys, what do you do with […]

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Students Prosper with Montessori Method

Students Prosper with Montessori Method

This study published in Scientific American seems to show that the Montessori method delivers significant benefits over traditional public schools for even the youngest students: Nearly 100 years ago, a physician opened a school in a poor section of Rome. In doing so, Maria Montessori went beyond being the first female doctor in Italy and became the pioneer of a new method of education. A curriculum based on close observations of children, the Montessori method includes […]

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Book Review: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard

Book Review: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard

  Two fundamental cornerstones of American schooling today were placed at the turn of the 20th century: the school as a factory and placed at the turn of the 20th century: the school as a factory and the child as a blank slate. Students of child development know that these ideas are obsolete, but they continue to have a profound impact on how schooling is done. Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll […]

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How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

We all know our children need exercise, but who knew that it can improve your math skills? It turns out, movement is actually makes you smarter, so why so many schools making kids sit down at desks for hours on end? This New York Times article examines the link between exercise and learning success: Children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new […]

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