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Montessori Philosophy, Children and Chores

Involve your Child with Daily Chores You’ve probably come across one or more articles that extol the virtues of getting children to help around the house. They make the point that children who do chores have better relationships with their parents, get higher grades, and even achieve more success in their professional lives as adults. […]

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Reach for These! Infant Toys.

Reach for These! Infant Toys. Whether finding the way across the carpet on all fours or manipulating objects with all five fingers, your infant is constantly expanding their physical and motor skills as they become familiar with the world around them. By placing a few visually-appealing “grasping toys” around their play area you will offer […]

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Keep Calm and Carrot On

Keep Calm and Carrot On There’s a lot that can go on in the kitchen when a recipe is made. Working on just one ingredient with your child gives them the chance to learn about just one small piece of the puzzle, without overwhelming them.  If chopped carrots are a required part of your evening […]

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Prime Your Child with the Primary Colors

Prime Your Child with the Primary Colors The “First Color Box” may look like an extremely simple and straightforward child’s activity, but that’s the point. It’s comprised of a plain wooden box with dual sets of primary color tablets stored inside, and nothing more. Maria Montessori was inspired to develop this helpful learning tool after […]

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Grab that Garlic and Peel Away!

Grab that Garlic and Peel Away! Maria Montessori understood the kitchen was more than just a place for making great food — she saw it as a laboratory for a child’s senses. Encourage your child to participate in the kitchen by setting up the simple activity of peeling cloves of garlic for a recipe you […]

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Creative Hands with Rubber Bands

Creative Hands with Rubber Bands It may look ridiculously simple, but don’t take it as such – your child won’t easily get bored with the amazing rubber band board! This straightforward toy, with its wooden pegs, allows a child to work joyously and independently as they manipulate rubber bands into various patterns and configurations. The […]

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Sharpening Pencils For A Sharper Child

Sharpening Pencils For A Sharper Child Pencils are a great instrument for your child to express themselves creatively, while their hands are what Maria Montessori once described as “the tools of intelligence.” All the more reason to provide your child with a traditional metal blade sharpener over an electric or battery-operated one, where they might […]

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The Beauty of Children Peeling Clementines

The Beauty of Children Peeling Clementines If clementines don’t immediately make you think of the old song, “Oh my darling,” you may at least find yourself gleefully singing the tune after teaching your child how to peel them. This juicy citrus fruit offers a wealth of natural learning opportunities in the kitchen, primarily allowing the […]

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Cutting Away the Fear Around Scissors

Teach Your Child to Use Scissors Safely The simple exercise of cutting out paper snippets can be a highly engaging and enjoyable activity for a child, but is often daunting for the supervising parent, who may be cautiously watching over their young one handle a pair of scissors for the first time. The key to […]

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Pouring Using a Funnel

STEP BY STEP Montessori’s Practical Life activities provide many benefits to your child: independence, skill development, and coordination are just a few. But arguably the most important benefit is the feeling of satisfaction and success he gets when he masters an activity. Those excited cries of “I did it!” boost his self-esteem and make all […]

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