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Guiding your family's Montessori journey.

Montessori at Home: a Way of Life Outside the Classroom

Across the country, parents are asking, “what are you going to do about school this year?” Cecille, a Guidepost mom, hopes to help other families who are considering keeping their children home as she shares her Montessori at Home journey.

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Raising Digitally Resilient Children

Join us in a conversation about safe, ethical, and conscious digital use in our connected world. How can parents help support their elementary children in using technology responsibly and setting limits collaboratively?

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How to Support Reluctant Readers and Writers

Some children with learning differences will need more support in learning to read, spell, and write. How can we help these children develop their literacy and writing skills?

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Getting Their Attention: Ideas for Helping Kids Focus

The inability to fully focus and engage can really interfere with a child's ability to learn, finish tasks, stay on schedule, and develop social skills. What are some steps you can take and support you can seek?

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Montessori at Home: A Video Series

Has your family begun to implement the Family Framework at home? We are sharing some ideas from parents about how this can look in your home with DIY Montessori materials to workspace tours.

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Montessori and the STEM Experience with NextWaveSTEM

Join NextWaveSTEM's Sugandhi Chugani and Jarrad McCarthy to learn how to challenge children to think like design engineers using the test-and-analyze method. Families are welcome to participate with their children in a demonstration!

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How to Think about Covid-19 and Children

Best selling author, Emily Oster joins us for a discussion about Covid-19 and children. Our knowledge about the novel coronavirus is incomplete and constantly changing. How can we think about this, both as a society and as individuals?

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Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers

As families respond to the newest orders to slowly return back to work in some states, more workers will qualify for the Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers program. Learn more about how the program has already helped many families!

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Elementary: Calling a Truce with Tech

Technology is a helpful tool, but screen time should be limited and purposeful. Need help setting reasonable guidelines around technology for your elementary child?

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4 Ways to Support Emotional Development At Home

Guidepost Montessori Parent, Blanca Velazquez-Martin, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and authored this helpful article on how families can support their children's emotional development at home.

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Q&A with Joel Mendes: The Prepared Environment At Home

One of the most popular questions parents have with our new Parent Concierge service is how to prepare their children's home spaces using Montessori's principles of a Prepared Environment. Joel Mendes of the Prepared Montessorian shares his tips!

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Meltdowns, Tantrums and Whining, Oh My!

Spending more time with children at home and in need of new strategies for responding to emotional outbursts? This upcoming informative webinar will offer insight and tips to support you in supporting your young child's big feelings.

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Montessori for Ages 3-6 at Home

Learn more about how to support your 3- to 6-year-old child at home and Guidepost's Family Framework and Family Framework Plus+ offerings in our upcoming webinar.

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Busy Work vs. Meaningful Work

Working to become a more prepared parent is not rooted in trying to achieve more than is possible, but it is rooted in optimism that – with a ton of grace – we can redirect what energy we do have to make the most of this situation we are in.

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Limits and Boundaries for Working at Home With Your Child

Enforcing a week-day routine that is distinguishable from our weekend routine is essential, but I’ve realized that sticking to a new routine is only successful if I can identify the limits and boundaries that will bring consistency to our routine.

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3 (Stress-Free) Tips for Starting Montessori At Home

In light of the coronavirus, schools have moved to closures. Many of us are abruptly feeling a spotlight placed on our homes and routines. How can we support our children at home, and where do we begin with implementing Montessori?

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How the imagination aids learning

In elementary, children can analyze, compare, contrast, determine relationships, identify patterns, and recombine those concepts and images into novel ideas using their imaginations and intellects.

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The Guidepost Difference: Programs and Network

The term Montessori is not trademarked. So Guidepost Montessori prides itself on hiring guides, retaining guides and offering ongoing professional development to deliver an authentic Montessori education.

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Elementary Series: On the Work Journal

The work journal is a booklet, notebook, diary, or composition book that the elementary child uses to keep his own work records. He typically notes the time he started an activity and the name of it.

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How to implement Practical Life at home

The Practical Life area is a cornerstone that not only defines a Montessori classroom, it fulfills the child’s inner plea of “Help me to do it myself!”

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Spotlight on Grammar Boxes

Grammar Boxes take up a lot of real estate on the language shelves of a Montessori elementary classroom, and for good reason!

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The Importance of Practical Life

The Practical Life area of a Montessori classroom covers two main areas of development: Care of self, and care of the environment. Each activity is purposeful and helps to develop fine motor skill and concentration.

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Independence Through the Years

One of the most important tasks for a Montessori guide is to foster independence in her students. This crucial skill is taught to children in every community, from Nido to Elementary.

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A Snapshot of the Elementary Classroom

In a Montessori elementary classroom, there is a hum of activity and collaboration. Learn about group lessons, going out, cooking activities and more from this engaged community of learners.

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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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Gifts for Your Baby

Here are some great gift ideas for your baby that might surprise you! These beautiful gifts that your baby will use to grow and learn are things that you'll want to save and share with future generations as well.

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Gifts for Your Toddler or Preschooler 

You might not want a pair of oven mitts for Christmas, but your toddler or preschooler probably does! Get a little insight into Montessori-style gifts that your toddler or preschooler will love.

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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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