The Importance of Slowing Down with Young Children

There is so much in the world to discover!  And young children are trying to learn everything they can.  Maria Montessori described an inner drive that every child has to explore and be independent.  If a child’s world moves too quickly and to many things are done for them they can become passive and miss all...

How to Make Routines that Work

Why routines are helpful . . . Routines help children understand the world.   For young children so much of the world is new and they are looking for some sense of order in everything going on.  Without a routine, a child will be dependent on the adults to know what comes next.  With a routine, a child can...

How to Prepare for Change with Toddlers

The Balance Between Consistency and Change In Montessori practice, we talk frequently about consistency so much so that sometimes we can fear change.  Consistency is a cornerstone of preparing environments for toddlers.  Everything in the world is so big and new for toddlers that consistency helps them prepare and know what to expect.  Toddlers are looking...

Montessori from Birth: Symbiotic Life

Building a new Relationship Montessori goes beyond a method of education to an understanding of how to support natural development.  Maria Montessori’s philosophy and developmental theories help us understand what the development needs are at certain points in life and the practice and implementation help us follow each child’s individual inner guide or developmental path through kindness...

Books for the Young Reader

The Montessori angle on finding and offering books that will make your child fall in love with reading

There Is No Montessori Pedagogical Method

The Montessori educational theory is a strange beast – in that, at its core, it is not about pedagogy at all.

So You Want to Be a Montessori Parent, But…

Let’s say you’re sold – you believe that Montessori is the right path for you and your family. What are the most common obstacles between parents and this choice?

What Your Child Needs to Hear

We’ve spoken extensively on the theory of parent-child communication – rightfully so, as it is one of the most essential parts of parenting. So here is the practice: concrete examples of the five most useful and important phrases in any parent’s vocabulary.

Montessori Parenting in the 21st Century – Part 2

Montessori education first flourished more than a century ago. What is different now and then, and what are the most common obstacles Montessori parents run into?

Starting preschool: How to handle saying goodbyes?

Before the age of two, the child undergoes a series of developmental changes making them ready for a new social environment. Although the parents are still the most important people in their world, children now need an expansion of their social horizons: the experience of a peer group, of beingsocially independent. This is a big and valuable step: learning...