Should I send my child to preschool? The decision to enroll your child in preschool or homeschool them through the early years can be a tough one, for those who have the choice. Every parent you talk to will have … Continue reading Do I Need to Send My Child to Preschool?
Why it is important to teach kids about their heritage A child’s ethnic heritage has much to teach them. By learning about their ethnic roots, they learn about geography, history, culture and language, human migration, agriculture, and, just like … Continue reading How to Teach Your Young Child About Their Cultural Heritage
Why it is important to teach your child about nature Our connection to nature is vital to our existence on this planet. Everything around us provides for us. From the tiniest insect to the elephants in Africa, and from the … Continue reading How to Teach Your Young Child About Nature
Can Montessori work in public schools: Common Core Standards I was recently thinking about the Common Core standards that have been implemented in our public schools here in the United States. You see, my daughter has expressed interest in attending … Continue reading Can Montessori Prepare a Child for Common Core Math?
The Montessori Method: Writing before reading Some might find it strange, maybe even counterintuitive that Montessori teaches writing before reading. I mean, isn’t writing the more difficult of the two skills? Let me give you another way to think about this. Writing is like speaking Maria Montessori wrote in her book The Discovery of the Child (p.199), “Writing develops…in the same way as speech, which is also a motor translation of sounds that have been heard. Reading, on the other hand, forms a part of an abstract intellectual culture. It interprets ideas represented by graphic symbols and is acquired only … Continue reading Why does Montessori Teach Writing Before Reading?
Montessori homeschooling: fantasy vs. reality I love looking at pictures online of those beautiful Montessori indoor spaces and the adorable children working hard at the material contained within them. Heck, I have posted these photos, myself. And it’s real. The children are working hard and the workspace looks amazing…for that moment in time. I’m sure some of these parents have just one child. Or maybe multiple children and help. Or maybe their children are older or spaced differently than my own. Or maybe they are just way better at this than I am. Or maybe they are doing exactly what … Continue reading Homeschooling Reality
How does Montessori teach math? Remember how daunting math became for you when the numbers started getting longer and longer? I remember being introduced to multiplication and division around the age of 7, and by the age of 10, I … Continue reading Montessori Math: The Golden Bead Material, part 1