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DEAR CATHIE: Setting Limits and “Following the Child”

DEAR CATHIE: Setting Limits and “Following the Child”

Dear Cathie, I understand the Montessori philosophy of “Follow the Child” and I really try to do that! But I also understand the importance of setting limits. Somehow that seems harder for me though. I seem to find these two tenets of the philosophy at odds with each other. How can I let my child […]

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Dear Cathie: Choosing Books For Your Child

Dear Cathie: Choosing Books For Your Child

Dear Cathie, I hear that Montessori schools recommend books that are realistic and do not have talking animals. My preschooler loves books with animals as main characters, and many of these do talk. Is it negative to read such literature to her at this stage of her development? —A CONCERNED PARENT Dear Concerned Parent, I […]

Variations: Helpful or Hampering?

Variations: Helpful or Hampering?

n our training, we all discussed the value of variations. I want to consider and explore the potential overuse of variations and the effect it can have on the child and the classroom. What is a variation? A variation, in a Montessori classroom, is an opportunity for a child to practice the same work at […]

Dear Cathie: Montessori For The Kindergarten Year

Dear Cathie: Montessori For The Kindergarten Year

Dear Cathie, How important is it to keep my child in the Montessori class through the kindergarten year? After all, she will have to transition to her neighborhood school at some point. Isn’t it best that she do it when all of the children are entering the local elementary school? If we don’t transition at […]

Dear Cathie: Setting Limits and “Following the Child”

Dear Cathie: Setting Limits and “Following the Child”

DEAR CATHIE, I understand the Montessori philosophy of “Follow the Child” and I really try to do that! But I also understand the importance of setting limits. Somehow that seems harder for me though. I seem to find these two tenets of the philosophy at odds with each other. How can I let my child […]

Making School Lunches More Interesting

Making School Lunches More Interesting

Dear Cathie, In our school the children bring lunches from home and there are no facilities to warm up the food. I find my choices of menus very limited and boring. Sometimes my son doesn’t even eat it, and most of it comes home, or he tells me he threw it away. Can you offer […]

The Peaceful Child

The Peaceful Child

Dear Cathie I am so pleased to hear that your child is flourishing in her Montessori classroom. And it is wonderful to hear about h erpeaceful persona. Growing peaceful children is an important topic in the Montessori classroom and one crucial to the success of our...
Dear Cathie: Global Warming

Dear Cathie: Global Warming

Dear Cathie, We are hearing so much about global warming. Although I want my child to develop good habits with respect to the earth, I am unsure about how much information to give him. I want to be sure it does not come across as frightening to a preschooler. Do you have any thoughts on […]

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Q:  As I begin to investigate Montessori schools for my preschooler, I hear two different philosophies about special classes provided outside of the regular Montessori curriculum. Both ‘camps’ seem proud of their position. But it seems vague to me. Why would a school choose not to have special classes for children unless they are just […]

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: The Problem of Bullying

Dear Cathie: The topic of bullying seems to be all over the press. My child has just started preschool, but I want to be proactive in being sure that my child does not become either a bully or the victim of bullying. Is it too soon to think about this now? — A Proactive Mom […]

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: Three days is not enough

Dear Cathie: My three-year-old is starting Montessori school in the fall, and they want her to go every day. The school has a three-day-a-week option, and that seems to be plenty of time in school to me. I know that very young children do advanced academic things in a Montessori school, and while I want […]

Dear Cathie: The Price of Montessori

Dear Cathie: The Price of Montessori

Dear Cathie, We are starting to look at schools for our child who will be three years old this summer.  While we are drawn to the Montessori Schools we have visited and the activities we see there, we are finding the price quite off setting. Can you make any justification for the price of a preschool education?  Also we see such […]

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: Why No Play Kitchens?

Dear Cathie: My daughter loves playing in her cousin’s play kitchen. Whenever we are over there, she gravitates to that activity and spends a lot of time there. We have visited quite a few Montessori programs, and we notice that they do not have a play cooking area. We thought the Montessori Method encouraged children […]

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: Flashcards for Toddlers

Dear Cathie, I have been considering using flashcards with my young toddler. I read that children can do amazing things by using the flashcard method, and I want to give my child every opportunity to reach her potential! Some of my friends are doing this and say it is a great way to spend time […]

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom 

Dear Cathie: Q:  As I begin to investigate Montessori schools for my preschooler, I hear two different philosophies about special classes provided outside of the regular Montessori curriculum. Both ‘camps’ seem proud of their position. But it seems vague to me. Why would a school choose not to have special classes for children unless they are […]

Dear Cathie: Special Classes in the Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: New Baby

Dear Cathie, Our family is planning to welcome a new baby in a few months and while we are very excited and thrilled we are worrying about the transition for our preschool child.  We are wondering about what the plan should be at the Montessori school. What should we expect from the school and what changes might […]

Dear Cathie:  The Active Child

Dear Cathie: The Active Child

Dear Cathie, My wife and I are looking at preschools for our active three-year-old for next fall. We know that he loves to be “on the move” and is happiest when he is doing something. That is why we thought a Montessori school might be a good fit. We expected to see a big open space […]