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Grace and Courtesy, covered!

If you have been shopping or in a restaurant where there are parents and children, you will probably agree that many kids could use some basic instruction in grace and courtesy – what we used to simply call manners. Talk about early childhood education usually centers around practical life, games, art, math, and reading. Helping children from their earliest years to become socially skilled
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Early Learning Ideas for Christmas

If you are shopping for a preschooler this holiday season, you will be deluged with an avalanche of choices in the ‘disposable plastic toys’ category. These toys are like sugary treats for your child’s brain. They deliver a fast rush of excitement and interest, followed by a crash of boredom, after which your child starts begging for the Next Big Thing. Soon, your home
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Montessori Activity Demonstrations

Like all Montessori teacher trainees, we spent a lot of time learning intricate, multi-step presentations for the materials in the Prepared Environment. “Step 14: Grasp the shoelace with your subdominant hand and create an X across the other shoelace,” etc. We memorized multi-step presentations for all the materials; and made up extensive albums to carry on with us. These presentations represented a large part
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Digital topics and another batch of apps

I continue to check out new iPad apps regularly, though with multiple writing projects underway, not as frequently as when choosing the 200+ apps recommended in Montessori At Home! Those that have caught my eye and, IMO, offer great educational value and fun for young children are mentioned in just a bit. First, though, let’s hit some relevant points about screens and young children.
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An ‘Apptivities’ Experiment In Learning To Read

While reviewing language apps for the Third Edition of Montessori At Home!, I noticed that many of them have activities at different skill levels along the learn-to-read sequence. In many cases, children can easily move ahead to a skill they are not ready for. Even if they manage to choose activities within an app that meet their personal skill level, learning to put it
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