Grace and Courtesy in a Montessori Education

by Erin McFarlandHave you ever entered a Montessori Children’s House and noticed that the children are naturally respectful of each other and often helpful? A younger child might ask an older child to sharpen their pencil for them or help…

Freedom of Choice in a Montessori Classroom

By Brenda NelsonThrough scientific study and observation, Dr. Maria Montessori made many discoveries in regards to child development and how children learn.  From these discoveries, she developed the Montessori Method of education, which…

Intrinsic Motivation in a Montessori Education

By Sarah VangChildren are born with an innate curiosity, a desire to learn and need to explore. That’s what makes children the way they are and why they come up with never-ending streams of questions about the world they are observing…
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Montessori in the Home

By Francina LeleiAs parents, we all want what is best for our child.  We want them to grow and be healthy, learn and be smart, and love with empathy and compassion. However, a child is not born knowing how to do all these things.  The…
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Developing the Whole Child in Montessori Preschool

At a Montessori preschool, the primary focus is on developing a well-rounded individual. Montessori educators aim their attention at developing what is called the “whole child,” meaning physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects.…
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How Montessori Differs from Daycare

As you look at different childcare options for your child, you may notice that a Montessori preschool has some key differences that set it apart from your traditional daycare. Each classroom in a Montessori preschool is unique, even though they…
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Preschool Math in the Montessori Environment

By Erin McFarlandMath in the Montessori environment is one of the richest subject areas. Maria Montessori was a great mathematician and scientist. She became one of the first woman doctors in Italy. She used this scientific approach to study…
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Two Common Misconceptions about a Montessori Classroom

Two Common Misconceptions about a Montessori Classroom by Sheri Papke 1) The classroom is too permissive, and the children do no productive work or;2) The classroom is too strict, and the children are not able to play or use…

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Krista

This month’s teacher spotlight is from our Corcoran School. Ms. Krista is a Children's House teacher and has been part of Step By Step for over 10 years.Her experience at Step By Step started when she was just 18 years old when she started…
Preschool children working on practical life
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Why Practical Life in a Montessori Preschool

THE ROLE OF THE PRACTICAL LIFE AREA IN A MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL AND THE IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT OF 3 YEAR OLD Practical Life exercises very simply put are the exercises of everyday living. These exercises found in a Montessori preschool are those…