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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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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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Simple Montessori Activities: matching object cards

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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Slicing A Banana

THE FIVE KEYS TO MAKING MONTESSORI MATERIALS Last week we talked about preparing our home to help our children be successful. This week, let’s focus on Montessori materials. How hard is it to make them? What should you keep in mind? The easiest Montessori materials to make at home are the ones in the Practical […]

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voila montessori Prepping A Banana

Prepping A Banana

HOW A LITTLE PREPARATION GOES A LONG WAY Many parents like to help feed or dress their children, even when the children become capable of doing it on their own, because they feel it’s a way of showing love. While parents who follow the Montessori philosophy understand that it’s important to support their child’s budding […]

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First Placemat

YOUR CHILD’S FIRST PLACEMAT Table manners… Healthy eating habits… Self-control. We all want our children to develop these abilities, but it’s hard for parents to know how and when to start! Did you know that children have the potential to develop these qualities from the time they start showing interest in solid food? While you […]

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Three-Period Language Lesson With Fruits

YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE ACADEMIC SUCCESS STARTS WITH THREE SIMPLE STEPS Thirty thousand. 30,000! That’s the number of words scientists say you should be speaking to your child daily to increase his chances of academic success. Most parents reach and exceed this magic number, but how do you know if your child is really benefiting from […]

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