Open-ended Toys: Magna-tiles

Are Magna-Tiles a Montessori material? Last Spring, while I was in the low-energy end stages of pregnancy with our third child, we enrolled our daughter (3 at the time.) in a lovely Montessori Primary program. The admission process had a few requirements. One of them being that parents observe the classroom in action for an hour prior to enrollment. As I sat and watched all the children engrossed in their work, one young boy caught my attention. The reason he caught my eye is because the material he was working with didn’t look very Montessori. It was plastic and didn’t, … Continue reading Open-ended Toys: Magna-tiles

Open-ended Toys: The Grimm’s Rainbow

Montessori Christmas gifts There is no doubt that this holiday season, your home will be inundated with the latest, greatest gadgets and toy for your little ones. No hate from me…some of these toys do some very neat stuff! From baby dolls that soil their diapers, to remote control drones, to laptops and cellphones designed just for toddlers! Times have changed and the toys of yesteryear just don’t pack the oomph! that kids expect when they peel away that shiny wrapping paper and rip off that bow, do they? Wooden toys vs plastic toys I’m not against shiny new gadgets, … Continue reading Open-ended Toys: The Grimm’s Rainbow

Television and Your Child’s Brain

“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

Montessori Schools: A Worthy Expense?

Thinking about your child’s education can be overwhelming, particularly if you have decided that you would like your child to have the Montessori experience. Is a Montessori education just for wealthy families or is this something we can all provide for our children? Is there any difference in the test scores of Montessori children and their public school peers? Let’s take a look! Are Montessori schools expensive? National statistics on the cost of private Montessori schools It’s no secret that Montessori schools cost a pretty penny. Through my research, I’ve seen Children’s House (years 3-6) tuition range from $6,900/year in … Continue reading Montessori Schools: A Worthy Expense?