When I decided that screen time would no longer be a part of my 4-year-old’s life, I knew I would have to deal with screen detox. The first day of Spring Break was also the first day of the “No More Screens” rule. Almost immediately after waking up, Zach asked to watch videos. I said… Read More Manic Brain
Screen time update: A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Facebook about screen time at our house. I wrote about how Zachary was frustrated when it came time to turn off the computer after his daily 15-minute screen time allotment, and how he had found a healthy outlet in crying. I wish I could… Read More The Medium is the Message
Thirty thousand. 30,000! That’s the number of words scientists say you should be speaking to your child daily to increase his chances of academic success. Most parents reach and exceed this magic number, but how do you know if your child is really benefiting from your efforts? Do you feel you might be choosing the… Read More Three Steps to Academic Success
So many struggles with our children stem from conflicting goals: you need to go grocery shopping and they want to stay home; you need them to sit down for dinner and they want to keep playing. Imagine if there could be a way of communicating with your child that allowed you to achieve your goals while… Read More Communication for Peace
If you have a floor bed success story and would like to share it with other parents and Montessori enthusiasts, please send a brief (3-4 paragraph) description of your experience to thefullmontessori @ gmail . com Thank you for your help (and thanks again to those of you who’ve already shared their floor bed journey)!
I challenge you to think of one activity that exposes your child to math, language and science, while helping her develop concentration, motor skills, and delayed gratification. It’s not found in workbooks, and you probably won’t see it taking place regularly in most schools (unless they’re Montessori schools). If you want to know what it… Read More If You Only Do ONE Montessori Activity…
“The environment itself will teach the child, if every error he makes is manifest to him, without the intervention of a parent or teacher, who should remain a quiet observer of all that happens.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
I recently posted a picture of 9-month-old Nadia’s shelves on my Facebook page, and several people wrote to me asking for links to her toys and materials. I hope this helps you when you set up your baby’s shelves! Top row of cubbies (left to right): Takane ball: I made the ball for Zachary when he… Read More On Our Shelves: materials for a 9-month-old and a 4-year-old
Is your child careless with his toys? Do you wish he would show more respect for his eating and drinking utensils? Are you as tired of saying, “Be gentle!” as he is of hearing it? Then maybe it’s time to introduce some fragile objects into his life! Young children are surrounded by plastic because it’s… Read More Is Plastic Really Fantastic?
“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.” – Dr. Maria Montessori Baby Nadia, 9 months old