Has TV gotten too bad of a rap? With all the information and guidelines available to us about screen-time for kids, it’s easy to feel guilty … Continue reading 12 Quality TV Programs For Young Children
How to encourage independence for children Here is my shout from the roof tops to “leave your child alone!“. Now, I don’t mean that you should ignore them. In fact, please don’t. They love you. They need you. But what … Continue reading Let Your Child Be
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
“TV will rot your brain.” We’ve all heard the old adage “TV will rot your brain”. But, how true is that? We live in the wonderful age of Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, where we can access hundreds of kids’ shows with a click of a button. Many of these show boast some kind of educational benefit. A talking tiger teaches our children manners, brightly colored animals teach them the alphabet, and a team of superheroes show our kids how to construct sentences. Not only do these shows not seem harmful, they seem beneficial, even. Is your child really benefiting from … Continue reading Television and Your Child’s Brain