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
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
How do I travel with my kids? Once again, a busy season of traveling is upon us! The question I see over and over again on social media, Montessori sites and non-Montessori sites alike, is “I am about to travel … Continue reading How to Limit Screens During Travel
Montessori, how to start? So, here is the situation: You have a toddler and you just discovered Montessori. You don’t know exactly what Montessori is, but you’ve been doing some reading and you like what you are learning. The current … Continue reading How to Get Started with Montessori
Why is small furniture important to kids? Imagine everything around you being gigantic. Imagine that you have to climb onto the chairs at your kitchen table by swinging one leg over and then pulling yourself up, or imagine having to wait for someone to lift you into your seat. What about the couch? Imagine having trouble climbing onto the big comfortable couch to flip through your favorite book; that is childhood, though. Kids have to struggle to accomplish the simplest tasks! We all know that Montessori is big on preparing spaces for children for children to learn in, but what … Continue reading How to Implement Montessori Small Furniture into your Home
Why do small kids need to learn life skills? Recently, I posted an article on a social media site that I had written on how to set up a dishwashing station for a child. While, most of the feedback I received was positive, some responses were along the lines of, “Kids have the rest of their childhoods to learn how to wash dishes.“, and “Let them just be little.” It occurred to me that the aims of Montessori Practical Life activities are not clear to many people. There is solid reasoning behind Practical Life activities being an integral part of … Continue reading What are the Benefits of Practical Life Activities?
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?
The effects of screen time for kids The effects of excessive screen time for children have been well documented. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not mince words in their guidelines. Many Montessorians recommend waiting introducing any screen time until … Continue reading How We Deal with Screen Time in our Home, and How We Deal Without it
There is an alternative to a toybox Before I discovered Montessori, I just sort of went with the flow as far as toys go. My first child was young and we were lucky enough to have a family and friends that gave us lots of hand-me-down clothes and toys…lots and lots of toys. Did I mention toys? Too many toys Toys filled the toy box in her bedroom, toys were in bins in the living room, and toys were on the floor all over the house. Lots of plastic, lots of lights, and lots of noise! The mess drove me … Continue reading Toy Storage: 10 Reasons to Ditch the Toybox and Get Shelves
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