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Gift-Giving Montessori-Style!

Gift-Giving Montessori-Style!

The holiday season is in full swing and if you haven’t already started your shopping you’re probably thinking about it!  This week we take a look at gifts for children, whether they be your own kids, nieces and nephews, or friends.  Read on for a Montessori... Read More
Getting Hygge – Booklist

Getting Hygge – Booklist

If you haven’t already noticed the slight chill in the morning air, the changing seasons are likely creeping into your thoughts.  Winter is coming, as they say. This has us looking forward to cozy evenings curled up on the couch with our families.  In recent... Read More
The Magic of Montessori Math

The Magic of Montessori Math

Montessori math materials are nothing short of amazing.  While they look quite different than what we used growing up (pencil and paper?) there are intentional reasons for these methods.  Read on to learn more… The Basics Much of the Montessori... Read More
Montessori Basics: How We Teach Handwriting

Montessori Basics: How We Teach Handwriting

Handwriting or penmanship; no matter what you call it, was likely an important part of your early education. Pressured by time and content constraints, many schools have abandoned explicit handwriting instruction.  This is resulting in a generation of children... Read More
The Benefits of Multi-Age Grouping

The Benefits of Multi-Age Grouping

One hallmark of a Montessori education is the use of multi-age classrooms. Our Pre-Primary classrooms serve children ages 18 months to three years. Our Primary classrooms are for children ages 3-6, with preschool and kindergarten-aged children together. Our Lower... Read More
Montessori Basics – The Planes of Development

Montessori Basics – The Planes of Development

Maria Montessori based her entire educational philosophy on the idea that children developed through a series of four planes.  Each of these planes is easy to recognize and has clear, defining characteristics. If we study and understand these stages, we can... Read More
What’s In a Pumpkin?

What’s In a Pumpkin?

Halloween is right around the corner… If your family celebrates this holiday, your child is likely thinking about costumes and candy, while you’re probably thinking of ways to keep the evening fun without a total sugar overload.  Whether or not you participate in... Read More
Montessori and Competition

Montessori and Competition

You may have noticed that in Montessori schools, we do not typically encourage competition between children.  Our lack of traditional grading is one obvious marker of this approach, but you will notice that the lack of peer competition threads itself pretty much... Read More
Creativity and Innovation in Montessori

Creativity and Innovation in Montessori

As we move into an unpredictable future it is becoming more and more apparent that we need to foster creativity and innovation in children rather than expect them to conform to predetermined standards.  Montessori education has been doing this for over a hundred... Read More
Montessori and Nature

Montessori and Nature

“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” Maria Montessori We all know spending time outdoors is good for our kids, but what did Maria Montessori have to say about it?  What can we do as parents to support our children’s... Read More