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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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Teach Your Child to Drink From a Real Glass

Teaching a young child to drink from a glass doesn’t have to be as daunting or premature as you might think. The sippy cup was invented more as a crutch for the concerned parent than for the beneficial development of the child using it — it is intended to ward off any unwanted spills, in […]

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Teach Your Child How to Sew a Button

While providing parenting advice to a client who explained she was overwhelmed by the amount of tasks she needed to complete each day, she noted a button on her daughter’s dress she wanted to fix as one of the many smaller items on her “to-do” list that had fallen through the cracks. A regular theme […]

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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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Matching Objects to Similar Cards

Your child’s first meeting with a dog may be a magical and memorable encounter. A wagging tail, a slobbery kiss and a wet nose may be among the features that accompany the dog’s furry coat to leave a lasting impression. Aside from using your own language to introduce this new creature to your child, try […]

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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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Opening Closing Boxes

Nesting boxes are a great alternative to take on the road, whether you are going out to eat or taking an airplane ride. It is always a good idea to plan ahead and have some simple engaging activities for your child. This type of activity helps your child develop eye-hand coordination, master the use of […]

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Simple Montessori Activities: opening closing bottles

Opening and Closing Bottles

A wonderful way to recycle all those spice or cosmetic jars is by creating a simple activity for your child, opening and closing bottles. This is a perfect way to help your child gain focus, develop dexterity of all the fingers as well as mastering eye-hand coordination and proper matching. Opening Closing Boxes (2) can […]

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