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Teaching Kindness and Respect in a Montessori Classroom

By: Connie ParkerBeing a part of a Montessori classroom is more than just academics, there is a social aspect to the classroom that is just as important. Children in a Montessori classroom learn to be a part of a community, where getting…
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Montessori Phonetics – How and Why We Use Them

Montessori Phonetics By Amber EvansPhonics is a reading method that allows a child to learn the sounds of letters by developing an understanding of how these sounds are used individually, in groups and whole words. Phonetic instruction is…

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten Academically?

By Kristi OckulyAs a Montessori teacher for more than twenty years, and as a mother of five, I can attest to the fact that all parents wonder about the experience their young children will have in school. If they are in preschool, parents…
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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten Emotionally?

By Kristi OckulyAs a Montessori teacher for more than twenty years, and as a mother of five, I can attest to the fact that all parents wonder about the experience their young children will have in school. If they are in preschool, parents…

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten Socially?

By Kristi OckulyAs a Montessori school teacher for more than twenty years, and as a mother of five, I can attest to the fact that all parents wonder about the experience their young children will have in school. If they are in preschool,…

Sensitive Periods in Child Development

By Yelena RaskinSensitive periods are periods of psychological development in the child. This period is a time of limited duration. During the sensitive periods, the child has very powerful capacities. The child is able to do great things…
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Mindfulness in a Montessori Environment

by Andrea BeierThere is no doubt that almost everyone has heard of the term "mindfulness" in the last few years.  It seems there has been quite an explosion of interest in the concept; complete with varying definitions of what mindfulness…

Social Studies in Montessori School

By Kristi LarsenCulture is an integral part of the Montessori curriculum. Although it is only one topic within the Social Studies subject matter, it is important because of the diverse group of children we all have in our classrooms. According…

How the Montessori approach was developed

By Erin FarneyMaria Montessori (1870-1952) developed a beautiful and thoughtful approach to the quality education of children, stressing the importance of following the child. Many people appreciated her during her time, and even more people…

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…