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Cozy Books for Chilly Days (a winter book list)

The warmth of the holiday season has passed, and the short days and long, cold evenings of winter are upon us. What better time to cuddle up with your kids and read a good book? This month we share some titles that highlight the beauty of the winter season. As always, we think borrowing books…
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Montessori Basics: The Language Curriculum

Have you ever wondered how Montessori guides teach children about language? Parents are often astounded when they observe children learning to read at a young age in our schools. What’s the secret? There’s no secret – we’re happy to share our methods! Read on to learn more about our approach, how we align our teaching…
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Work or Play? A Peek Inside the Montessori Classroom

You know Montessori classrooms are different than most. You’ve heard the rumors: children run around doing whatever they please. It’s all play and no work. Or perhaps you’ve heard the opposite: our structures are so rigid we stifle creativity and natural childhood behavior. What’s it really like? This post will give you some idea of…
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New Year’s Eve can be a really fun night for adults and kids alike. There’s something special about a fresh start and finding ways to celebrate as a family has the potential to establish traditions and make memories. Whether you already have plans or not, read on for some fun facts and ideas! Go out…
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7 Little Ways to Create a Montessori Home Environment

Many families of young children are turning to Montessori methods when it comes to parenting. After all, it’s one approach that honors the child as an autonomous being and gives them the respect they are due. But how can we make space for our children in our homes without the place becoming one giant toy…
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It’s Okay to Set Limits

As parents today we are bombarded with advice, ideas, suggestions, and rules on how to be the best parents we can be for our children. Some change is good; emerging research tells us more and more about human development and how our brains work, and making progress as a society is always a good thing.…
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Why Montessori?

How does a parent prepare their child for an unpredictable future? Don’t we all just want to give them every possible advantage? How do we define success in our children’s lives? Is it about being able to provide for oneself or is it finding joy in the work we do? Is it about contributing to…
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Booklist: Hygge Edition!

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 years, the ideas of the Danish concept of hygge have…
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On the Topic of 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 throughout the entire program. This is quite intentional, and we work hard to…
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Montessori Basics: How we Teach Handwriting

Handwriting or penmanship; no matter what you call it, 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 who do not know how to write in cursive, and who sometimes even struggle to…
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