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Raising Helpers

Raising Helpers

by Theresa of Montessoriinreallife.com One of the most wonderful things about toddlers is how they so inherently want to help. They are eager to be involved, be near us, and participate in our day-to-day activities. What we deem “chores,” toddlers see as what they...
Less Talk – More Respect

Less Talk – More Respect

Do you feel like you talk too much about your child’s behavior? Are you constantly repeating your requests and explaining things your children already understand? Joe Newman, the author of “Raising Lions” will talk about how replacing our explanations and...
Less Talk – More Respect

Backpack Scientists and Their Journals

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a nature journal, field notes,or a scientific journal? Jackie Grundberg helps sort that out and offers guidance on how they are used in the classroom and at home.

Some Of Our Favorite Supplies For An Art Area In Your Home

Some Of Our Favorite Supplies For An Art Area In Your Home

“As well as being part of our history and a way of understanding other people’s experiences, art is also a form of personal expression, like poetry, song, dance, and telling stories. It is a form of human connection that can evoke feelings, thoughts, and hopefully...
MOVIE REVIEW: The Biggest Little Farm

MOVIE REVIEW: The Biggest Little Farm

A documentary produced this year is our top pick for all elementary-on-up children, educators, and parents to watch. It’s called The Biggest Little Farm. In 2009, a California cinematographer and a food blogger met and married. The Biggest Little Farm follows the...
DEAR CATHIE: A CONCERNED PARENT

DEAR CATHIE: A CONCERNED PARENT

DEAR CATHIE— I have visited a number of Montessori schools as we consider a placement for our 3 and 4 year old children next year. I see the children all busy on different projects, and it all looks great. But can it really work? How can one teacher, even with an...
Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Damariscotta Montessori School uses positive discipline, which is implemented in a developmentally and age-appropriate fashion to meet the needs of the individual child. Our focus is on how to help children resolve problems and empower them to have a successful...
Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

by Rachel Buechler A little girl sits at the table with the Snap Dressing Frame. She has picked it up several times before today and quickly returned it to its stand after a short attempt. Today she picks it up and places it on the table. She tries the first snap; it...
Preparing an Early Childhood Learning Environment

Preparing an Early Childhood Learning Environment

  Editor’s Note: We know that the authors of this article really meant it to help teachers remember how important setting up children’s environments is to maximize the potential of each child at each stage during the early childhood years. However, because of how...
Weather Kids

Weather Kids

by E.G.Gutierrez NAME OF ACTIVITY: Weather Kids AREA: Science/Weather MATERIALS: A class notebook, colored pencils. AIMS: Observation skills, communication, data collection. PREPARATION: None PRESENTATION BY THE TEACHER: Presentation: You can explain weather to the children as the way it outside; is it sunny, cloudy, rainy, hot, cold, warm, cool, windy? How does it look or […]

Science for Everyday — Student Assessment Question List

Science for Everyday — Student Assessment Question List

  Student Assessment Question List: from “Science for Everyday; A Montessori Based Science Curriculum” by Erin Galvin Gutierrez Student assessment in the form of questions tends to be an effective tool. Some questions teachers may consider about students follow: Are they grasping the processes involved in the lesson? Are they able to carry out the […]

Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

This PDF file is an excerpt from our book, the Montessori Way, by Paul Epstein and Tim Seldin, Copyright 2003 There is an ironic prejudice about education found in almost every country: the older the students are that one teaches, the higher the pay and respect for the teacher. We take it for granted that […]

List of Recommended Montessori Materials: Age 3 to 6

List of Recommended Montessori Materials: Age 3 to 6

This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file with a detailed list of the Montessori materials recommended by the Montessori Foundation for an early childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6) class. Download File