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How to Conduct a Family Meeting

How to Conduct a Family Meeting

Holding weekly family meetings is a great practice to foster responsibility and teach problem-solving skills. Choose a regular time where the whole family can get together like Sunday dinner. Jot down agenda items during the week of issues that need to be discussed. Agenda items can include compliments for achievements or good behavior,deciding on tasks and responsibilities for each family member and planning fun activities: Family Meetings, by Dr Jane Nelson It is difficult for […]

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10 Montessori Home Parenting Tips For Children Under 3

10 Montessori Home Parenting Tips For Children Under 3

The following are tips for parents on how to holistically raise your child the Montessori way at home. This applies across the board for all areas of development of children: 1. Respect your child in every aspect of their life Simply place yourself in their shoes, why do such a thing? Why are they crying? It can be as simple as they are they woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, which […]

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February 2014 Gallery

February 2014 Gallery
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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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Beyond the Naughty Step

This article in the Economist explains how positive parenting techniques will teach children to solve their own problems whereas “negative” discipline like time outs and naughty corners rob the child of the opportunity to make choices and learn from mistakes: IN THE old days parents followed a simple rule: spare the rod and spoil the child. These days less violent forms of discipline are favoured. Supernanny, a television toddler-tamer, recommends the “naughty step”, to which […]

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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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December 2013 Gallery

December 2013 Gallery
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Montessori Compass Video Tutorial

Montessori Compass Video Tutorial

If you missed our Parent Education Night on how to use Montessori Compass, here is a tutorial explaining how to stay informed about your child’s progress.

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Peace and Punishment: Discipline without Violence

Peace and Punishment: Discipline without Violence

There are many instances in Dr. Montessori’s work where she explains why she “eventually…gave up either punishing or rewarding the children”.(1) She explains that this method is “always a form of repression”(2), and is based upon our – in her opinion tragically erroneous – belief that children “come into the world bad and full of naughtiness.”(3) She found, after careful observation, that both punishment and reward were equally ineffective tools for supporting the type of […]

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Montessori Lesson on the Small Bead Frame

Montessori Lesson on the Small Bead Frame

Miss Janet presents a lesson on the small bead frame in the Elementary classroom.

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