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...
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...
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...
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?
In Montessori, we believe in each child’s innate goodness, their potential for peace and grace. How do we approach the small child who is anything but – the child who hits and hurts others?
This week, we take a break from the Communication Series to consider some of the most wonderful educational materials that Mother Nature provides our children.
After discussing children’s art and its importance at length, as well as the character of graphomotor development , it’s time to offer some concrete and hand-on tips for art activities and exercises.
The physical act of writing – using pens and paper to create marks that relay words, concepts and messages – is a uniquely human and tremendously complex activity. Increasingly, it is also one that modern children struggle with. Can Montessori help?
Art and artistic expression are, in Montessori, considered to be one of the fundamental human tendencies. More so, we also know that it forms a crucial aspect of children’s mental development. How do we understand, interpret and support this important activity?
We spoke about the Prepared Environment as a concept and last week, described the home environment for a newborn. Now it’s time to discuss the environment of a crawling baby and toddler.