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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A Suggestion for May

The month of May has a personal significance for me. For what it’s worth, I’d like to share why. Not a unique story certainly; but what happened in May of 1988 in our family’s life might just make you hug your kids a little tighter today. In February of 1988, my wife Sandy and I purchased our first home together after eight years of
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Montessori is simple

People generally believe that Montessori is complicated. Maria Montessori wrote numerous excellent books on her vision of life, how children learn, and how to help them. Thousands of Montessori web sites and blogs offer almost limitless information. Montessori teacher training programs take up to a year. Most require applicants to already have a bachelor’s degree in something. The ‘management’ of Montessori is largely the
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