Tag:Practical

Montessori Parenting in the 21st Century

What does it mean to be a Montessori parent? Can it be balanced with busy lives, complicated schedules, limited budgets and varying resources?

Pretending, Imagining, and Creating

It is true that Montessori classrooms lack the traditional “pretend play” toys and equipment, like play kitchens and play tools, play castles or stuffed animals. This is not because we don’t value imaginative play – quite the opposite. But we prefer to give the children different tools and opportunities for it.  

The Child Who is Not Peaceful

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?

In Praise of the Puddle

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.

Weathering Emotional Storms

Screaming, stomping, angry tears and tantrums – no parent’s favourite thing, but a part of raising a child, nonetheless. What Montessori lessons can we apply to managing tumultuous emotions in a child?

Praise

“You’re such a good boy!” “Here’s a gold star for you.” “What fantastic job!” A child won’t hear any of these in a Montessori classroom. Should they hear praise like this at home?

Saying No to Your Child

The story of humanity is a story of compromise and cooperation: each of us adjusting our behaviour in order to live in harmony. We learn to do so, first and foremost, in childhood, from our parents.

Speaking the Child’s Language

The vast majority of urgent questions we receive – often from desperate, at-wits’-end parents – are all to do with communication with the child. How do we make ourselves understood? And how do we understand what the child is, with...

Beyond Markers and Crayons

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.

Developing Graphomotor Skills

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...