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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Dad group to fly banner over Manhattan with education message for de Blasio: “Make it Montessori”

Dad group to fly banner over Manhattan with education message for de Blasio: "Make it Montessori"

Dad group to fly banner over Manhattan with education message for de Blasio: “Make it Montessori” Here’s a novel way to get Mayor de Blasio’s attention. For three hours Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a large banner is scheduled to fly over the West Side of Manhattan with a cryptic message for the mayor: “Bill de Blasio, make it Montessori.” A group of dads from across the country who believe in the Montessori

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Books for Parents

If you are looking for new books to read for your child and support their Montessori education, check out the following list: Grade: Pre-kindergarten Countdown to Kindergarten by Allison McGhee The 10 days to the start of kindergarten are chronicled in a manner in which the fears and unknowns are candidly discussed.  In the end, the principal character finds that she is very much in line with most of her school-starting peers.   Grades: PreK-2 Arnie and the New

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Barbie Exposure May Limit Girls’ Career Imagination

This article published in  Scientific American, April 1014, examines a possible link between childhood play and career choices later in life: Girls who played with dolls were then asked about future careers. Those who played with Barbie more likely to envision traditional pink-collar jobs than were girls who played with Mrs. Potato Head. Erika Beras reports. The ubiquitous Barbie doll: she’s been everything from a football coach to a surgeon. But girls who play with Barbie may

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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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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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