Montessori Minute for Parents: Bringing Montessori Home

“Parents and teachers share the common goal of raising confident, independent children. In this pursuit of independence, a child’s home and school environment can be each other’s greatest asset.” In this article, Staci Jensen, Lead Montessori teacher and parent, shares how she applied practical concepts that bridge the gap between experiences at home and school.

 

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Montessori Minute for Parents: Separation: the Beginning of Letting Go

“The first day of school is just the beginning of your child’s journey toward becoming an independent, confident, and capable adult.” In this article, Melody Patton, an AMS-credentialed teacher, shares how parents can prepare both themselves and their children for attending the new school year with key Montessori tips and phrases to support the process.

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Montessori Minute for Parents: Why Montessori Education Is Priceless

“Montessori is a holistic form of education. The physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth of the child are valued as much as academic progress. A quality Montessori program creates an environment that encourages the development of all these areas” In this article, Sunitha Pailoor, an AMS-credentialed teacher, shares the different facets of Montessori education and how they all combine for a quality Montessori program for the child, the family, and the school.

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Montessori Minute for Parents: The Joy of Reading

“Aside from the pleasure gained from reading, research demonstrates that reading aloud increases children’s vocabularies and improves reading comprehension in school.” In this article, Dane L. Peters, a consultant to Montessori schools and a member of the Montessori Life Editorial Advisory Board, shares how reading with children has had a profound impact on his work, research about the positive effects of reading, and suggestions on how parents can incorporate reading from various sources.

 

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Montessori Minute for Parents: Toileting for Toddlers

“Though helping your toddler transition from diapers to underwear can feel like a daunting task, it can in fact be an empowering experience that encourages confidence and independence.” In this article, Mary Broeckling, an AMS-credentialed Montessori Teacher, shares ways to create an inclusive and supportive toileting environment, from the terms you use to the locations you choose, to ease through this important transition with your child.

 

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Montessori Minute for Parents: It’s Okay to Just Stay Home and Play

“Remember the carefree days of childhood when you could just play until it was time for dinner? Many of us have fond memories of exploring the neighborhood with our friends or playing at home with siblings. In this era of goal-oriented and scheduled activities, we sometimes forget the value of allowing time for simple, non-parent-directed play.” In this article, Jane M. Jacobs, MA, a licensed marriage and family therapist and an educational consultant at Montessori Services, shares suggestions on how parents can create spaces of unstructured play that encourage creativity and independence in their children.

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Montessori Minute for Parents: Creating Emotional Safety around Tantrums and Crying

Montessori Minute for Parents: Creating Emotional Safety around Tantrums and Crying

“Sometimes children cry. Sometimes children have tantrums. What causes these outbursts, and how can we best support our children during times of stress and upset?” In this article, K. T. Korngold, the CEO of the Center for Montessori Education, shares suggestions for actions that parents can take when their child is experiencing larger than life emotions and how they can provide support to their child. 

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