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Guiding your family's Montessori journey.

A Q&A: Lessons on Montessori

How do you know if your child is suitable for Montessori? Why does Montessori not have homework? What is your child learning in a Montessori classroom? Learn all about this century-old, child-centered method of education.

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How manners of speaking can limit growth

Among adults, we don't clarify our thoughts or words as much as we could, but what about with our children? If there’s any lesson to be learned from Montessori, it is that we should speak plainly and say what we mean.

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How to help the 'after-school crash'

We're eager to catch up with our children after an exciting school day, but acknowledge that the child needs to decompress, recharge, and take a deep breath, too.

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Why choose Montessori elementary?

Older students crave collaborative work and larger responsibility in their own learning, and these needs are met in an elementary Guidepost Montessori classroom.

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Encourage the child with loyalty, continuous presence

As our children discover and observe the world around them, they look to us for validation, and they are fascinated by all we can do. Not only do they want to be just like us, they want us to see when they make strides in that direction.

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Can a playroom makeover help my children?

Teacher and author Simone Davies helped to make over New York Times writer Karen Barrow's playroom for her children using Montessori educational principles like creating a sense of peace and instilling autonomy in children.

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Positive rephrasing builds confidence in the child

Choosing positive phrasing means your words are optimistic: You choose to focus on what you can do as opposed to what you can't. You declare what is possible, not what isn't, and it makes a difference in how your child hears you.

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Tips to ease separation anxiety

Separation anxiety can be troublesome for both the parent and the child, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Parents deserve to trust our children are in the right place, so before you approach mornings in fear, start here.

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Take it Step by Step

While it's great to follow your child's curiosity, there is also a way we can help them focus amidst all of the distractions: Provide clear, logical steps to complete a task.</strong>

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How Do You Feel About Discipline?

As you start to explore early education options for your child, it's important to understand how discipline is handled and how the school's philosophy of discipline may or may not align with. yours.

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How to Prepare for Preschool

Starting preschool can be an exciting time. It can also be a time filled with anxiety and questions, especially for parents.

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Why 'Guide' not 'Teacher'?

Montessori educators use a lot of specific language. It can seem like you're learning an entirely new dialect when taking a tour of a classroom for the first time!

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When not to Help your Child

Your child is capable of doing so many things for themselves. Of course, as a parent, you want to help your child when they are struggling or frustrated.

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5 Questions to Ask your Preschool

Finding the right preschool can be difficult. Try asking these five questions to get a better understanding of a school's philosophy and values when you take your first tour.

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"I Don't Want to Go to School"

We've heard it before, and we'll hear it again. In fact, we sometimes may even think it ourselves in the form of, "I don't want to go to work!"

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Try These Age-Appropriate Chores

Children from a young age are willing and able to help with household chores. Our cultural norms may tell us otherwise, but with the tips below, your child can be helping with chores appropriate to their age and ability level in no time!

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Are Manners Still Important?

Over 100 years ago, Maria Montessori began teaching manners to children as a part of her classroom curriculum. She called them lessons in Grace and Courtesy.

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A Child's Needs

Children often seem driven by impulses beyond an adult's ability to comprehend. In fact, you may have asked yourself a series questions about your child's behavior.

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Work Means Play in Montessori

There is a growing sentiment among parents to let kids be kids. What does it mean? How does Montessori shed light on this conversation.

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The 2018 Speaker Series: Meet Michael Strong

We sit down with Michael Strong, Head of School and Founder of the Academy of Thought and Industry, to discuss his upcoming talk, "Montessori and the Entrepreneurial Mindset," plus ask some rapid-fire ice-breakers.

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Multi-Age Classrooms—A Hallmark of Montessori

One of the first things you notice when you walk into a Montessori school is that the classrooms are not divided by age. In a Montessori classroom, you will see children of different ages working together and socializing happily.

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Understanding Temper Tantrums: Part 1 of 2

Ask anyone, parent or not, whether they know what a “temper tantrum” is, or what the “terrible twos” are, and you can bet that they have no trouble picturing a toddler meltdown at a playground, a grocery store, or an airport.

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Addressing Temper Tantrums: Part 2 of 2

If you're trying to figure out how to avoid temper tantrums, we'd love to help! Though the occasional meltdown during early childhood is inevitable, you can understand what causes tantrums, learn how to prevent them, and how to deal with them.

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Re-imagining Discipline: The Montessori Way

The Montessori perspective on discipline is quite different from the typical, punitive understanding of the word. Learn to help your child develop inner discipline, and start by understanding the Montessori approach.

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Introducing "Montessori Together"

Very often, we meet parents who are intrigued by the Montessori Method, but who for whatever reason are not quite ready yet to enroll their children in school. You may be wondering if there's a way to give your child an early taste of Montessori.

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