Montessori Parenting

Montessori parenting is a parenting style that aligns with gentle parenting, Attachment Theory, and many aspects of RIE. Here is a compilation of Montessori parenting articles.

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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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How to Play The Montessori Silence Game

The Montessori silence game is a sensorial activity that is introduced in the primary age group (2.5-6) in Montessori schools. It is an activity that translates well to the home environment and can be a great calming activity, as well as a patience activity. In fact, the Silence Game can happen anywhere as a portable …

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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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What Does “Follow the Child” Mean in Montessori?

You don’t have to be around a Montessori parent or teacher for long before you hear the phrase “Follow the child.” It is a common phrase in the community because it happens to be one of the core tenets of the Montessori philosophy. What does “Follow the Child” mean in Montessori? Growing up, my friends …

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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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