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Backyard Series: Be a Geologist

Backyard Series: Be a Geologist

“The best way to study Mars is with two hands, eyes and ears of a geologist, first at a moon orbiting Mars… and then on the surface.” Buzz Aldrin I’ve heard about a place in Arkansas where you can pay to dig for diamonds on a 37 acre plot of land, while I haven’t been […]

Backyard Series: Be An Astronomer

Backyard Series: Be An Astronomer

“It may be that our cosmic curiosity… is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.” Neil deGrasse Tyson I fell in love with the night sky while camping as a child watching the sky turn dark over the sand dunes on Lake Michigan. Since that summer night, I’ve been inclined […]

Choosing the Right Montessori Environment

Choosing the Right Montessori Environment

Not all Montessori schools are alike. I know, it seems like an obvious statement but there are numerous ways that a Montessori school can differ, and each of those things may determine whether it is a quality program that meets your expectations and the needs of your child, or a program that simply uses materials […]

Practical Life: An Area of Purpose

Practical Life: An Area of Purpose

In every Montessori Classroom, there is an area that sparks the magic of learning.  This area, gives children the opportunity to develop fundamental skills that lay the foundation for all learning that is to come.  This area is called Practical Life. It ignites concentration, which is the real purpose of this hands-on area. I have […]

From Non-Believer to Believer

From Non-Believer to Believer

Twelve years ago, I graduated college, eager for a teaching job. I applied and applied with no luck. So instead, I took what I could get to make ends meet…I ended up as a manager for a cosmetic counter. And still, I continued applying until one day my friend told me, “Hey you should apply […]

New Mission. New Team. New Look.

New Mission. New Team. New Look.

Welcome to our NEW Montessori Rocks site! Over the past couple of years, we have showcased articles covering topics for all age levels, home and school life, gift guides and tips and tools. Our authors came from across the globe and shared their experiences with each and one of you and we are so thankful […]

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid with Montessori at Home

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid with Montessori at Home

If you are reading this you have probably decided to start practicing Montessori at home. First, I must say, congratulations! You have made an excellent choice for you and your toddler! Secondly, I want to warn you of a few problems new mamas in the Montessori world stumble upon. Like I mentioned above there are […]

Five Ways Montessori Made Me a Better Father

Five Ways Montessori Made Me a Better Father

We know that Montessori methods offer young children the very best start in life. But could learning more about the Montessori approach be of benefit to parents too? Here are five ways Montessori made me a better Dad. Time I try to give my children the gift of time and I don’t really mean me […]

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 […]