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Nature Mandalas

Nature Mandalas

THE INSPIRATION ust outside the art studio, fall was filling the hearts and minds of my elementary students. Many of them would collect the fallen leaves, pine cones, and seeds and bring me their treasures. Lining them up on my nature shelf, they were fascinated by the colors, shapes, and even the smells of them! […]

Pychological Evaluations: What does it all mean?

Pychological Evaluations: What does it all mean?

was recently asked to do a psychological evaluation for a child at a Montessori school. Many believe that it is incongruent for one to get testing while going to a Montessori school. After all, the myth is that Montessori schools have no curriculum and don’t even require tests in their school. But, this is actually […]

The Opposite of Play

The Opposite of Play

We all know that play is good for children. But research shows that it is integral to the development of their brains and that human beings are, in fact, designed by nature, to flourish through play. One Montessori myth is that Montessori students are not encouraged...
Toileting The Montessori Way

Toileting The Montessori Way

Editor’s Note: Several years ago, a Montessori parent wrote to us with concerns about the right way to help toddlers learn to use the toilet. She was quite frustrated and so was her child. We turned to our dear friend and toddler expert Susan Tracy, and we are...
When Toddlers Say No!

When Toddlers Say No!

ost parents of toddlers have heard somewhere that their child is interested in being independent, or that developing a strong sense of autonomy is an important part of development for children between the ages of fifteen months and three. However, when your child is saying “NO!” to dressing, toileting, leaving an event, or anything else […]