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Independent Play: Why it Matters and How to Encourage it

Living in the era of information has made parenting more difficult than it ever was. Advice on raising children is given via numerous outlets and is often conflicted and confusing. Advice on children’s play is no exception. If you don’t interact with your child constantly, you are not doing the right thing. If don’t you …

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montessori cooking with toddlers Florence Taylor, photo of child using grater.

Montessori Cooking with Toddlers: Tips From Mom Who Let’s 2 Year Old “Use Real Knives”

(From Florence Taylor, a Montessori mom who has received international attention for practicing Montessori at home with her 2 year old. Cited in news articles as allowing her young toddler to “use real knives”, Mrs. Taylor’s kitchen activities with her 2 year old are well supervised, safe, and Montessori-aligned. -Sue) Montessori Cooking with Toddlers There …

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Montessori and RIE: Compatible or not?

Montessori and RIE: Compatible or Not?

So, you’ve been researching parenting philosophies in regards to newborn and toddler care. You’ve likely come across information about RIE. RIE is one of many different child development ideologies. You’ll find it discussed among other approaches like Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia, Charlotte Mason, and yes, Montessori. But can you implement Montessori and RIE together? What Is RIE? …

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