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Tips for Implementing Montessori When You Are On a Budget

With the price of Montessori education being what it is, many parents and caregivers are choosing to implement Montessori techniques in their homes. Is it possible to do Montessori on a budget, though? In this article, you will learn about the how to bring the heart of Montessori into your home. On any budget. You …

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How Montessori Promotes Creativity in Children

In this article you will learn why creativity is important and how Montessori encourages creative development. By the end of the article, you will have a better understanding of how Montessori classroom areas and Montessori materials promote creativity instead of stifling it, which is a common misconception. Why creativity is important Definition of creativity from …

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What are the Qualities of a Good Montessori Teacher?

In this article, you will learn about the qualities of a good Montessori teacher. You will also learn a bit about what Montessori teachers do in Montessori classrooms and how you can support your child’s Montessori guides. Whether you are giving thought to enrolling your child in a Montessori preschool program, you are wanting to …

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Choosing a Montessori School: Questions to Ask on Your Tour

Finding a good Montessori school is no easy task. Many schools and care centers use Maria Montessori’s name, but do not adhere to even the most fundamental principals of her Method. Here is a guide to helping you make the best choice when choosing a Montessori school. What to look for in a Montessori school …

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Why are Montessori Work Mats Important?

Montessori work mats are a common feature in Montessori classrooms and Montessori homes all over the world. What are they, though? What purpose do work mats serve in Montessori environments? Let’s find out. What is a work mat in Montessori? Work mats in Montessori are used for just that; a child’s work. Before removing a …

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What Does “Freedom Within Limits” Really Mean?

While children deserve as much freedom as possible, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to keep them safe and healthy by restricting that freedom to some extent. This is where the Montessori concept of “freedom within limits” comes in. Freedom is a basic human right. Its importance simply cannot be overstated. Yet, within …

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Montessori and Imaginative Play: Clearing the Confusion

There are varying perspectives on Montessori and imaginative play, even from Montessori professionals. Even Dr. Montessori‘s ideas about a child’s imagination evolved over the course of her career. You may have heard that Montessori discourages exposure to characters and instead encourages young children to engage in “work”. This gives many the impression that children who …

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Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation: What’s the Difference and Which Is Better?

Children (and adults!) learn new things every day. Learning is part of living, and it’s just as natural. Unfortunately, some traditional methods of early childhood education make learning harder and more complicated than it has to be. One of the biggest missteps of these conventional educational models can be found in the use of extrinsic …

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Montessori Blogs to Help You Implement Montessori at Home

The benefit of following Montessori blogs when doing Montessori at home For those starting their Montessori at home, sifting through Montessori’s texts can be a daunting task. While you are making your way through some of the recommended Montessori starter books, I recommend following some quality Montessori blogs. The benefit of following quality Montessori blogs …

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Why Montessori Activities are Called Work

One of the more off-putting Montessori terms to those unfamiliar with Montessori is the word “work”. When a child is engaged in an activity, we say not to interrupt the child’s work, instead of using the words “activity” or “play”. There is some confusion on why Montessori activities are called work. When we think about …

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