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3 Pillars Of A Montessori Education


Montessori teaching practices have attracted many parents interested in education that differs from traditional teaching methods. Montessori education has many qualities that have been revolutionizing school practices and school administrators are implementing Montessori practices into their programs. Maria Montessori, a doctor and educator, studied and observed children in their learning environments. Her analysis concluded that […]

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Help Your Kids Beat Summer Brain Drain With These Fun Activities


When summer arrives it’s easy to let unpracticed skills slip, but summer studying doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Keeping those skills fresh will not only prevent summer brain drain–leading to more work when the school year restarts, it’s also a great way to further engage in more summer fun. Summer, fun, and learning […]

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Prep Your Toddler For Preschool With These Montessori Based Activities


Exposing your child to a few Montessori-inspired activities can make all the difference prior to starting preschool. Montessori education is centered on preparing the whole child–both emotionally and physically. Here are five Montessori based activities to prep your toddler for preschool. Self Care Care of self is one of the most important foundations of Montessori […]

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4 Advantages Of A Multi-Age Classroom


Multi-age classrooms are so important to a child’s growth and development. It is often questioned by parents and educators if it is more beneficial to have a multi-age classroom versus a traditional age/grade classroom. There have been extensive studies supporting multi-age classrooms for innumerable reasons which include, but are not limited to: Learning at their […]

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How To Teach A Child To Read


Everyone knows at least one precocious preschooler. He’s the student who wows teachers and parents by reading Dr. Seuss aloud to his classmates, many of whom are still clutching stuffed animals and learning to talk. The proud mother, bombarded by questions about how she taught her toddler to read, likely shrugs in amazement, saying, “He […]

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Popular iPad Reading Games For Kids


Sooner or later, you’ll be handing your tablet to smaller hands. Moments after your toddler grabs it, he’ll learn how to manipulate it better than yourself. For young children, there’s something terribly intuitive and addictive about the bright colors, moving shapes, and mesmerizing blue glow of a tablet screen. Since the next generation will be […]

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What Is Some Of The Montessori Curriculum


When Maria Montessori began espousing her observation-based Montessori Educational Method in the early 20th century, her methods were encouraged with enthusiasm until about 1915, when the worm turned. Many traditional U.S. educators balked at the level of freedom and independence given in Montessori schools in an era when drill-and-kill ruled. It wasn’t until the 1960s […]

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Maria Montessori: History And Her Life


Dr. Maria Montessori, born in 1870 in a little town in Italy, became a barrier-busting force of nature long before she developed the Montessori Method of Education for which she is most famous. Raised in a middle-class family during the Victorian era, Maria attended classes at a technical institute for boys at the age of […]

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Ways Kids Can Get Involved After School


The school day may end at 3 p.m., but children learn and play all day long. It’s always a struggle to figure out how to fill those late afternoon hours safely and productively, and dual-working parents have the additional difficulty of transportation logistics. Yet, choosing the right after-school program matters. Studies have shown that kids […]

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4 Steps To Prepare Your Older Child For A New Sibling


There’s a new baby coming! Everyone in the family is excited–except, perhaps, your older children. Depending on their ages, they may be oblivious to the impending event, excited to have a sibling, or leery of all the attention this new baby seems to be getting even before it’s born. Whatever the case, changes are a-coming. […]

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