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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…

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…