Summer Swim Lessons - Montessori Style

Summer Swim Lessons – Montessori Style

by Christina Hilgen With the end of the school year drawing to a close, I find myself looking forward to the relaxed days ahead where I’m not scrambling to get the kids to bed at night or rushing through our bedtime routines just to repeat it all again the next day. Mornings of enjoying a […]

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Little girl and mom ironing laundry together

Montessori Lifestyle Tips

by Holly Daniel I first started hearing about Montessori when my friends began having babies. One enrolled her daughter in a Montessori preschool because she had trouble concentrating in a normal preschool environment. My other friend actually taught at a Montessori preschool where her child attended. It was this friend who truly introduced me to […]

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Sleep Tips for Implementing Montessori Bedroom

Sleep Tips for Implementing a Montessori Bedroom for Your Baby or Toddler

 by Nicole Johnson The Montessori Method has a large focus on education, and many of the principles can be applied to any setting where your child spends time, including the nursery or their bedroom. With a Montessori nursery, you support the principle of encouraging your child’s independence by putting everything within their reach and at […]

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Father teaching sons how to use scissors

Scissor Secrets that Make Cutting Easy

Borrowed with permission from Kidsplaysmarter.com by Amy Smith Learning how to cut is a big milestone for your child and cutting skills are expected to be mastered by elementary school. Yet learning how to properly hold and manipulate scissors can be a challenging time for many kids. Give your child a fine motor boost  by teaching your child these Scissor […]

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Mom talking to her son

Helping Children Learn To Apologize

by Maren Schmidt Injury occurs one of two ways: accidentally or intentionally. We need to help our children be prepared to deal with the inevitable in their lives. Accidents do happen, and we need to show them the way to make amends when things have gone wrong. We need to teach these skills, though, beforehand, versus […]

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Montessori Home Organization & Toy Rotation

A Montessori Home: Organization, Storage, Toy Rotation

by Beth Wood I frequently get asked about what living a minimalist life looks like with two kids. So I thought I would share some of my ideas. Before I start, I wanted to state that living as a minimalist looks different to everyone. Our way of doing it may not be right for another family, […]

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Two female athletes from opposing teams shaking hands

Why Losing is Good for Our Kids

  By Sam Weinman The first thing you should know about helping your kids to learn to lose is that it’s still going to be difficult for them. They wouldn’t be human otherwise. If we’re talking about loss, or setbacks, or whatever the word is you want to use, the universal ingredient is disappointment, and […]

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Understanding the Three-hour Work Cycle

Understanding The Three-Hour Work Cycle

by Maren Schmidt  Tired and agitated, Sara got ready for bed. What had happened to the day? She had woken up fresh that morning, ready to have a productive day. During breakfast, Sara’s assistant had called to alert Sara that she wouldn’t be in to copy the reports for the next day’s meeting. When Sara […]

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How to raise Nature-loving kids in a media-loving world

How to Raise Nature-Loving Kids in a Media-Loving World

by Kate Koch-Sundquist “It smells good out!” Junior declared, standing in the open doorway after dinner. It had been an unseasonably mild week, the first hints of spring revealing themselves in a warm southerly breeze and jackets left hanging inside. A day of rain had washed everything, and now, tonight, the sky was clearing again […]

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students working on difficult task

Montessori Grit

by Aimee Allen Many of us, in a quest for physical and mental fitness, in a desire to push ourselves through uncomfortable situations, and in pursuit of saying “I did it!” have taken to signing up for Spartan Races, Marathons, Warrior Dashes, Triathlons, Ragnar Relays, and 100 mile bike rides, etc. There is something about […]

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