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Guiding your family's Montessori journey.

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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Three Levels of Obedience in Montessori

Maria Montessori studied children over 100 years ago, and the depth of her observations about childhood are sometimes astounding to read. Learn more about what she called the Three Levels of Obedience.

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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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