Myth: Montessori’s goal was to design an educational system

Watching children in a Montessori school master daily life skills, use cool learning materials, and learn to write, read, and work with numbers with astonishing speed, one can easily assume that Maria Montessori developed a really excellent system of education. She actually didn’t set out to, at least not in the traditional way. Montessori was a Doctor, not an educator. This made her different
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Myth: Montessori Is For The Rich

Many parents think all Montessori schools are expensive showplaces that look like the pages of a Danish woodworking catalog. They picture fine hardwoods, expensive furniture and rugs, fancy learning materials costing thousands of dollars, and hefty tuition fees. Many schools fit this description because they serve parents who can afford them. They provide what the market wants. Their growth has fueled a perception that
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To Parents of Preschoolers

It’s been about a month since the holidays. How many of the disposable plastic toys you bought your child are broken or quietly adding to the tonnage of discarded, colorful plastic in your child’s toy box, closets, and dresser drawers? If that hasn’t happened yet, it likely will soon. Disposable, latest craze plastic toys are like sugary treats and cereals. They hook children on
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Art appreciation for kids – on a budget

I just read a blog post about a series of books containing a multi-step art appreciation program for preschoolers. For $75-100, you can introduce your 4-6 year old to fine art and the names of famous artists! Deb and her blog are the best, but this post cries out for budget-friendly alternatives. A C-note is no biggie for parents flush with cash. Of course,
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Where do I start?

You’ve checked out blogs and Pinterest pages and are excited about doing Montessori-style activities at home with your 2 1/2 – 6 yr. old. There are hundreds of impossibly cute materials and activities. Food preparation, cool little blocks, science, math, and language, should be easy to find something! Now, you run straight into a wall that has stopped many Moms cold: where do I
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