Healthy Sleep Habits Make Happier Kids

As daylight savings makes sunset later and later, it is tempting to keep children up past their normal bedtimes, but doing so can have consequences. Without adequate sleep, children can quickly become cranky and irritable and concentration suffers. When overtired some children may have trouble falling asleep; others staying asleep. Sleep deprivation can result in…

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Why Outside Playtime is Critical to Development

There seem to be more and more things competing for time in the day. With parents’ busy schedules, unpredictable weather and the temptation of television, computer games and other electronics when children arrive home after school, it is not hard to believe that, statistically, children in our country are getting a lot less unstructured outdoor…

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Building the Foundation For Math

Practical Life and Sensorial Activities in a Montessori 3-6 Classroom Are Foundational for Math. Math is an abstract concept. The ability to count, compute and use numerical relationships are hugely significant human achievements. The number system is an abstract invention that has been created over thousands of years. In primitive societies, the counting went “one,…

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Why Montessori Kindergarten?

Montessori kindergarten

The Importance of the 3-Year Montessori Cycle & the Montessori Kindergarten Year: The primary Montessori program is designed as a three-year cycle. Ideally children from 3 – 6 years old stay with the same teacher right through their kindergarten year. The third year, or Montessori kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken…

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8 Principles of Montessori Education

In her analysis of Montessori education, University of Virginia Professor, Angeline S. Lillard, Ph.D. notes eight fundamental ideas central to Montessori education that in her words, help provide students with superior educational outcomes: Movement and cognition are closely intertwined; physical movement can enhance thinking and learning. Choice and perceived-control promote children’s concentration and contentment in…

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Resources About Montessori, Brain Research & How Children Learn

If you are interested in learning more about Montessori education, you may wish to check out one or more of the following books: Montessori’s Own Handbook by Dr. Maria Montessori The Child in the Family by Dr. Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind by Dr. Maria Montessori The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard Montessori: A…

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