Category Archives: ACA Blog


Popular Austin Libraries For Kids


Looking to find fun, free, and educational entertainment for your kids? What better place to go than to a public library? Austin is blessed with a phenomenal library system that consists of the Central Library on Cesar Chavez Boulevard as well as twenty branch libraries. Check out what these Austin library branches offer for your […]

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Maria Montessori Theory Stages


Most of us are familiar with the Montessori Method as it applies to preschools or grammar schools, but Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy was not confined to early childhood education. Her interests encompassed full development from birth until adulthood, and her philosophy offers keen lessons for parents of older children, all the way to the age […]

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Ways To Keep Kids Active In The Cold


Even the most active kids may balk at going outside during a sudden stretch of frigid weather. Long daily walks, hikes through the woods, and bike rides aren’t quite as fun when there’s a risk of frostbite. But what do you do with your kids when they’re cooped up, bored, full of energy, and begging […]

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7 Fun Kids Activities In Austin This Winter


The broiling days of summer are finally over! With temperatures and humidity dipping into the comfort zone, winter is one of the loveliest times of the year in Austin, Texas, offering up a host of outdoor and indoor family entertainment. This year, enjoy the season by indulging your kids and yourself in some of Austin’s […]

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The Adult’s Role In Montessori Education


Back when Dr. Maria Montessori observed children in turn-of-the-century classrooms, the educational methods she ultimately developed upended contemporary ideas about how young students develop and learn. Her child-centered learning philosophy thus required a different sort of teacher, someone specially-trained to apply the philosophy in the classroom. Check out these four ways the Montessori Method views […]

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Montessori At Home


If you’ve ever visited a Montessori classroom in action, you might be struck by how calmly the school day progresses, in large part due to the children themselves. The students know where to place their backpacks and hang their jackets. They know when it’s time to play and where each toy belongs. When it’s time […]

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Sensitive Periods in Montessori


The brilliant Dr. Maria Montessori noticed very quickly that children pass through phases of “sensitivity” when they are concentrating on mastering one particular skill. Recognizing the onset of sensitive periods and encouraging the proper skill acquisition is a fine way to make optimal use of a child’s own natural developmental timeline. So what are some […]

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What age is best for swim lessons?


Maybe you have a pool in your backyard, or you live near a lake or river, and you’re concerned about the risks involved for a quick, adventuresome toddler. Maybe you just love water sports, boating, and swimming and can’t wait to share the joys with your own children with less worry. Maybe you’re concerned that […]

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Halloween Activities in Austin


The candy and the decorations have been out in the stores since August, and now the spooky month has finally arrived! Halloween is every kid’s favorite holiday, and Austin sure has a lot to keep them occupied in the run-up to that very special night. Check out these kid-friendly Halloween activities in Austin. Haunted Halloween […]

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Snacks To Help Inflammation In Kids


When your child is sneezing from allergies or wheezing from asthma, he or she is experiencing the excessive response of their immune system to common stimuli, which is the root cause of inflammation. Inflammation is a good thing in moderation, as your body’s first response to injury, stress, or infection. But if inflammation is part […]

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