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November 5, 2019

You may have noticed the beautiful Math materials in Montessori early childhood and elementary classrooms. Enticing and elegant, a few minutes of exploration with these materials often help even experienced adults to better understand the relationships and principles o...

September 24, 2019

Are children naturally empathetic? You may have heard of the phenomenon of infants crying in a nursery, reacting to each other's cries in a sort of snowball of emotional distress. Research shows that newborns, for example, respond more to the cries of other babies then...

September 17, 2019

Feeling distracted? Overwhelmed? Like your checklist keeps getting longer but you have less and less time to get it done? In a climate so full of distractions, the ability to concentrate on just one thing at a time, until it is complete or until you choose to move on,...

September 10, 2019

The Freedom to Interact with Others reflects one of Montessori's Tendencies of Humans: the Tendency toward Communication. We understand that part of the nature of human development is to engage and interact with other humans, to come into union with them, to learn toge...

September 3, 2019

No one wants to see their child sad, especially not at those transition moments when you’re leaving for work or saying goodbye at the classroom door. And even when you trust your child’s classroom and know that your little one will be cared for and nurtured in your abs...

August 13, 2019

For  most American schools, this is the beginning of the new school year. And for most Infant and Toddler classrooms, that means the beginning of a whole host of new relationships: children with each other, teachers and children, parents and teachers, and so on. For ch...

August 6, 2019

Whether this is the first time your child is headed to school or you're preparing for your youngest of six, the first day of school evokes all kinds of emotions. You may be feeling anxious about leaving them, or excited to have a little more space to breathe and think...

July 26, 2019

Imagine a nursery: the crib, the bright plastic toys, the sparkling mobile swinging above. Maybe there's a detailed mural painted on the wall. Maybe there's a changing table for adults to change diapers without bending too far over. Maybe there's a play-chair, to place...

July 15, 2019

Throw away the M&M’s! Or, at least hide them in the cabinet to enjoy. Helping your child to master the toilet doesn’t require candy, stickers and rewards. Children have a natural desire to care for their bodies. Toileting can be a tool for independence learned as easil...

June 25, 2019

While many Montessori programs offer summer care, most American schools are shifting gears at this time of year, moving from a more formal, school year calendar to more relaxed activities for the longer days of summer. While your infant or toddler may be attending scho...

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