“At Home with Montessori”

“At Home with Montessori” by Tracia Swartwout, M. Ed. Lead early childhood teacher   How can a house be for both adults and children?   Author Patricia Oriti asks this question in her book At Home with Montessori.   Oriti’s book

Don’t Worry, Be Specific

When you ask your child, "What did you do in school today?" and hear only, "Nothing" or "I don't know" or "I played", are you frustrated?  There's an easy answer! What's the disconnect? It can't be the teacher-. What teacher would let the children

Involving your Children with Practical Life

     One of the most basic fundamentals of Montessori Philosophy is called "Practical Life". Children as young as two and three begin "working" at tasks that build fine and gross motor skills. To them it is simple work that helps them be responsible

Gearing Up for a Great School Year

It's the time of year when summer is winding down and we all begin to feel that familiar excitement. New school supplies, book bags and back-to-school clothes are gathered up in preparation for a new school year.  It's also a good time to evaluate

Benefits of Montessori

 Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life. Each

7 Steps to Creating an Outdoor Space Kids will Love

1. Active play Space to move and simple toys and resources that encourage a range of ways of moving are great for encouraging children to be physically active. Think beyond running and include resources to encourage hopping, jumping, skipping,

Mother Nature as Teacher, Playmate and Babysitter

  Today we feature a guest post from author of Small Fry Outdoors, Caroline Webster, about the importance of time outdoors for children. I firmly believe that time outdoors provides at least SIX critical benefits for our children: It combats