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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