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Montessori: Not Just for Children

Montessori is a method of education that was created with children’s development in mind. Educators honor each individual child and make every attempt to create an environment in which they may learn and grow with as much independence as possible. In recent decades, many people are recognizing that the basic ideals might support all people…
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Books to Love the Earth

Our planet is a beautiful, magical place. As our children move through their young lives at a different pace and with different eyes than we have as adults, they often remind us to notice all the small and special things. Whether it be a ladybug on their bedroom wall or the way leaves make shadows…
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Montessori Basics: Respecting the Child as an Autonomous Person

The title of this post may seem a little unnecessary. You may be thinking, “Of course the child is an autonomous person, and of course we respect that!” If you are here reading this, chances are you care deeply about your child’s education, and more importantly, you care about your child as a person. When…
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10 Titles for Summer Vacation

Looking for some summer-themed titles? Whether you’re heading to the beach, to the in-laws, on a road trip, or just the shade in your own backyard, here are ten fabulous books to enjoy with your child. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey https://www.amazon.com/Blueberries-Sal-Robert-McCloskey/dp/0670175919/ref=sr_1_1?crid=LRXHCVHVQ4EX&keywords=blueberries+for+sal&qid=1554903590&s=gateway&sprefix=blueberr%2Caps%2C152&sr=8-1 Little Sal and her mother head to the local wild blueberry patch.…
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Montessori Basics: Sensitive Periods

“A child learns to adjust himself and make acquisitions in his sensitive periods. These are like a beam that lights interiorly or a battery that furnishes energy. It is this sensibility which enables a child to come in contact with the external world in a particularly intense manner. At such a time everything is easy;…
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Hidden Links Between Food & Learning

The Study We all know that eating healthy can contribute to better energy, concentration, and just overall feeling great. But did you know there are specific foods that scientists are beginning to realize have a direct impact on brain function? A recent study shows that two (of about 600) carotenoids have a surprisingly big impact…
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A Montessori Mini-Dictionary

Dr. Maria Montessori created her methodology over a century ago, and those of us who study her work and practice her ideas know it really works for children, even all these years later. Like any specialized approach or body of work, Montessori education incorporates unique terminology. Curious to learn more about what we mean when…
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Booklist: Chapter Books!

Whether your four or five-year-old is ready for some longer read-alouds at bedtime, or your elementary-aged child has discovered the wonder of reading to themselves and cannot get enough, this special book list has you covered. The following chapter books are timeless and well-loved by children and their parents alike. Enjoy! My Father’s Dragon by…
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Preventing Math Anxiety

Researchers from the University of Cambridge recently released a report following their study of math anxiety in primary and secondary students. [https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/290514] Their findings illustrate interesting characteristics of children who experience math anxiety, and suggest a potential connection to interactions with teachers and parents. The interview-based study included 2,700 children in primary and secondary school…
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