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How to Make a Vegetable Garden for Kids

How to Make a Vegetable Garden for Kids

Children love dirt! Gardening is a perfect excuse to get dirty! Gardening is one of the major parts of Practical Life activities children learn to master in the Montessori environment. In addition to presenting amazing health benefits, gardening allows children to be engaged in the process that does not produce an immediate result. This teaches children to […]

Preparing Your Child for Changes

Preparing Your Child for Changes

  Children need to be prepared for changes ahead to make them feel secure. Children thrive on routine and on knowing what is happening next. During times of change, a little extra attention will go a long way in helping children deal with stress. Plan an hour or a half hour each week where your child has your undivided attention. […]

25 Under $25: Montessori Inspired Gifts for Any Child

25 Under $25: Montessori Inspired Gifts for Any Child

  Not sure what to tell relatives when they ask you for your child’s holiday wish list? Are you trying to avoid meaningless toys that become clutter and dust collectors after Christmas? Ages 0-6: The First Plane of Development Even though children ages zero to three are not clearly conscious of their learning, they are discovering who they are. As they reach […]

What’s More Powerful than “Good Job”?

What’s More Powerful than “Good Job”?

  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 entranced, you […]

The Value of Play for Young Children

The Value of Play for Young Children

  “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 at a […]

The More Breakable, the Better!

The More Breakable, the Better!

  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 teaching them […]