Teacher and children in classroom

What’s More Powerful than “Good Job”?

by June George Pretend you’re sitting in the corner of a classroom of 30 children, ages 3-6. Everyone is working contentedly at their own tables. There is a buzz in the air, but not one of chaos. Instead, it’s the quiet energy of independent children, picking their own tasks and following their interests. You’re so […]

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The Value of Play for Young Children

By Julia Gorham “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Kay Redfield Jamison. Play is the most valuable way that children learn. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children […]

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The More Breakable, the Better!

by Angie Heck Children plus glass seems like a recipe for disaster. If we can mitigate the danger to our children by limiting their access to it, why wouldn’t we? On the other hand, when we don’t allow children to use items made of glass or ceramic, could we be endangering them more by not […]

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Why Montessori – Our Top Six Reasons

by Jessica Eldridge At Battle Creek Montessori Academy, we often have prospective families asking us, “What is Montessori?” It helps us understand why we are learning something, rather than just learning to learn. Like I said – simple, right? Once you’ve grasped the concept of Montessori education, you often wonder how or why you ever learned […]

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Why Cursive?

Why Cursive?

by Charlotte Wood There are many unexpected moments in the way Montessori presents various concepts of skills to children, including the surprise of introducing children to handwriting first through cursive. The Sandpaper Letters are iconic, pink or blue oversized cursive letters in rough sandpaper for a child to take to a table and practice tracing and pairing […]

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The Explosive Kindergarten Year

by Molly Murphy Many parents ask themselves about the importance of Kindergarten in the scope of children’s house. Their child becomes the wonderful age of five and they are faced with the complex decision…Do we stay in Montessori for his/her Kindergarten year? We all know young children are resilient and are often faced with change […]

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Homework or Work of the Home?

by Kari Headington For most of us, homework doesn’t enter our thoughts until the mid-elementary years and is typically thought of as worksheets and assignments that are given by the child’s teacher. That’s where we are different. Traditional homework emphasizes the repetition of rote behaviors rather than the development of understanding. These assignments limit the possibility […]

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You know your kids are Montessori when…

 by Elizabeth Vice You know your kids are Montessori when your oldest will be graduating from the college of his dreams at 20 years old. His college offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in timber framing and a full progress of traditional historic preservation major class. And he’s at the top of his trades classes because of his […]

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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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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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