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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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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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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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Five tips for getting the whole family out the door

Five Tips for Getting the Whole Family Out the Door!

by Kate Koch-Sundquist My kids are like any kids, really. They have good days, and they have bad days. There are days when I feel like the best mom in the world and days when I think they’d be better off raised by the feral cats next door. Then there are days when I think […]

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3 Ways to Raise Independent Children

If you are a devotee of the Montessori method, you know from first hand experience that the goal is to raise independent children, who find and follow their own passions in a directed way. Such a philosophy is taking on even more importance in today’s culture. Consider, for example, that an annual survey of over […]

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Stop Saying “How Was Your Day?”

STOP SAYING “HOW WAS YOUR DAY?” AND SAY THESE 10 THINGS INSTEAD This article was first published at www.thepreparedenvironment.com on May 11, 2016 As a Montessori parent, figuring out what your child did all day can be particularly challenging. “How was your day” is a particularly useless question, as it asks for a judgment of […]

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10 Perks to Being a Montessori Mom

1. My house is not an obstacle course. My kids put away their work when they’re finished with it. They are not allowed to choose another work until they clean up the first one and put it back on the shelf. This means my floors are clean (of toys, anyway…) and I can walk around my house […]

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