Easy Ways to Encourage Reading at Home


(Image courtesy of Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos.net) My 3 year old has entered his sensitive period for language. He can’t get enough of books. Our 4.5 year old has always been an avid devourer of books but with our second, I wasn’t sure we would see the same passion. We didn’t for a long time. [...]

How to Encourage Early Math Skills


I am completing my Montessori Math album. As I review the brain research behind why and how to teach mathematical thinking to young children, I am drawn back to an article written by Mary Schneider of Woodinville Montessori School and MEIPN. She succinctly describes why we cannot “teach” math to young children and how we [...]

Montessori in the Home for Infants and Toddlers

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Montessori is a philosophy that should extend far beyond classroom walls. Montessori is a lifestyle, not simply an educational method.  Dr. Maria Montessori believed strongly in the concept of education of the whole child and subsequently developed materials and lessons in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Life Sciences. Practical Life included [...]

Top Montessori at Home Gifts for Less than $10


I went in search for interesting, fun and useful stocking stuffers yesterday. I found so many wonderful items to put into my boys stockings. Here are a few inexpensive Montessori at home ideas. Happy holidays! ~ Marnie Light Switch Extender Jumbo Hand Spinning Top from Montessori Services Nuts & Bolts Activity from Montessori Services Child’s [...]

Spielgaben Educational Toy Review


We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. ~ Dr. Maria Montessori  Spielgaben sponsored: Opinions are 100% mine. See below for details on a special deal for you. Reasons why Spielgaben’s products are special: versatility of activities and [...]

A few thoughts on language development


“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” ~ Dr. Montessori Dr. Maria Montessori viewed child development as a holistic process. There should not be memorization of skills and knowledge thereby “transferring” skills and knowledge to a child. A child should be encouraged and [...]

Montessori Books for Expecting Parents


Positive Discipline: The First Three Years by Jane Nelson seriously changed my life. Yes, that sounds dramatic, I know, but learning a bit about child development and how to respond to and listen to your child is hard work and takes a lot of practice. Shockingly, being positive doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so [...]

Montessori Inspired Toys for Infants and Toddlers


“Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.  ~ Dr. Montessori Montessori is a way of life. You can never start too early integrating the philosophy into your home and your child’s life. I [...]