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Help Your Child Understand Quantities and Numbers

A client I worked with recently asked how she could encourage her young daughter to become comfortable with mathematical concepts at an early age. In the Montessori approach to education, we believe your child will start to develop a mathematical mind when they can draw the link between the symbol of a number and its […]

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Children Love to Make Flower Arrangements

When I was working as a teacher in the mixed-age Montessori classroom it was always a delight to look around the room and see flowers on the tables. Most amazing was that the children took even more delight in preparing these arrangements themselves. In the Montessori approach we know that children thrive most when they […]

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Use a Topponcino as an Infant Security Pillow

The sight of a newborn baby is such a joy, many of your friends and relatives inevitably come knocking soon after the birth to behold your creation. Many will ask to hold the infant in their arms. Imagine the discomfort this can cause an infant who is being passed around from person to person while […]

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Help Your Child Refine Language and Sounds

A parent I consulted with recently asked me how she could best ensure her young daughter would grow to become a proficient reader. I told her that in the Montessori approach to language development and reading, we believe that sound games should come first. Sounds are ultimately the essence of the words we read on […]

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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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