Helping Your Child to Play Nice!

It is fascinating and rewarding to watch your child grow and develop into the marvelous person they are meant to be.  During development it is very normal for a child to explore the themes of good and bad.   Most children like to be the good guys.  They act out being brave, being powerful and doing…

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The Importance of Music in Child Development

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy;  but most music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.   – Plato –   Ah, music! It can do so many things to us. It can inspire us, it can cause us to recall strong feelings or memories, and it can…

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Montessori Education and its Cultural and Peace Curriculum

Montessori education is unique and groundbreaking in that it incorporates cultural and peace education. Over one hundred years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori wrote, “The child is both the hope and a promise for mankind.” Montessori children gain a world view from a young age. Children begin to realize that they are part of a larger…

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What is Process Art and Why Is It Important?

Young children love to draw and create, but often get frustrated by their inability to produce something that resembles the vision in their head.  Their art becomes representational – a line stands in for an animal, a winding trail across the page reflects the movements of their subject, as though the artwork is a story…

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How Montessori Education Encourages Independent Thinking

Learning to think is not the same thing as learning to memorize.  Thinking requires infinitely more effort and involves much more brain activity than reciting something back.  Thinking involves inquiry, innovation, creativity, analysis, synthesis, problem solving, persistence, self-confidence, self-motivation, independence and even courage.  That is why the emphasis in a Montessori classroom is on children…

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