In the past few months, Zach’s picked up a few bad habits due to a lack of awareness and consistency on my part. His amazing Montessori guide – a veritable toddler whisperer – gave me some suggestions to minimize our struggles and support Zachary’s development. I thought I’d share them with you, in case you… Read More Tips From the Toddler Whisperer
Feeling stressed out about answering your children’s questions? My newest post on MariaMontessori.com might be the answer you’re looking for!
We’ve all heard that we should allow children to make mistakes, let them learn from their errors, etc. etc. However, I recently came across an interesting article by Alfie Kohn. He argues that letting children make mistakes without providing a supportive environment is not only not helpful, but can actually be detrimental. Here are a… Read More On Making Mistakes…
Imagine you arrive at work at 8am, energized and ready to work on a fun but challenging project that will require several hours of your time. You know that to really get the project on solid footing and make sense of its complexity, you need several hours of uninterrupted focus. You sit down at your… Read More Choosing a Montessori School: Uninterrupted work period
This morning, while browsing through my Montessori books, I came across a short speech that Dr. Montessori gave in England, ca. 1930. I have taken the liberty of transcribing it to this blog from the book “The Child, Society, and the World”. As you read this speech, it’s important to remember that the Montessori approach… Read More Montessori Nuggets: When Your Child Knows Better Than You
I must admit I have mixed feelings about Trevor Eissler’s newest video. I find the first half a little harsh and melodramatic (and hey, I’m clearly not a fan of traditional education). Some public and private schools are making an effort to think outside the box and buck the testing trend, and they’re having… Read More How School Should Be
The new Michael Olaf newsletter has fascinating information on exposing children of all ages to the wonders of Mother Nature. In Montessori, subjects generally taught in high school, such as biology, are made accessible to even the youngest children. We identify the child’s “sensitive periods” (windows of opportunity in which the child is driven to… Read More Biology for all ages