Book Review: Understanding Montessori

In Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents Maren Schmidt explains the how’s and why’s of Montessori education while asserting that authentic Montessori education is the most effective way for children to learn. What is Montessori Education? Montessori education, more than anything, is about understanding and aiding the child’s natural process of growth and learning. The principles, methods, and materials that Dr. Montessori pioneered over one-hundred years ago are not only scientifically supported and researched, they

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What we weave when we weave the Cosmos

What we weave when we weave the Cosmos

by Seth D. Webb Imagine a time when our ancestors’ senses were so finely tuned as to keep them constantly alert and watchful and curious; a time when our fossil human relatives had not the distractions or conveniences of today’s world, but lived in and for the moment. The knowledge housed in their active animal minds was not, could not, be built from experiences held in isolation. Their very survival demanded that they were constantly

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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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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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