Parents, Take Charge! August 7, 2022

 “Jerry, it’s time to get out of the pool. Time to go now, please.” A father stands at the edge of a hotel pool in summer, clearly exhausted, as his wife walks past him carrying a crying baby girl, a floaty, a diaper bag, and two huge towels. “NO!” The boy in the pool, who…

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Let’s Play! Montessori’s Playful Nature

As a parent, you may hear Montessori teachers describe your children’s activities as “work.” Your child may use the word, too, saying, “I love my work,” or, “I did a lot of work today!” But then you may wonder, “Why does my child go skipping in there every day?” and, “Why is my child dying…

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An Education that Matches Children’s Development

Paula Lillard Preschlack - girls doing a Montessori activity.

September 2018 by Paula Lillard Preschlack Developmentally, children pass through distinct phases as they age, which are universal across time and place. These phases, or planes, are the basis for Maria Montessori’s approach to education, which caters to the specific needs and characteristics of each plane.

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Natural or Man-Made: What do Children Need First?

Paula Lillard Preschlack - children in the prairie with a teacher.

November 2018 by Paula Lillard Preschlack Which environments—natural or man-made—do our children need to be exposed to for understanding the world they are growing up in? Maria Montessori recognized the need to begin with exploration of and curiosity about the natural world, as we launch into humanity’s great inventions.

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Music in the Montessori Classroom

Paula Lillard Preschlack - boy doing curiosity activity.

February 2021 by Paula Lillard Preschlack and John Dickson Music education is woven into the Montessori classroom for all children and at all developmental stages, contributing to a joyful and enriching learning environment.

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How Do Montessori Teachers Present Those Magical Materials?

Paula Lillard Preschlack - girl doing a Montessori geometry lesson.

October 2019 by Paula Lillard Preschlack Paula describes how a Primary teacher presents materials to a child under age six, how an Elementary teacher gives presentations to children over age six, and how they differ. She explains the role of the teacher and that of the Montessori materials. The magic is in the way that…

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What’s So Great About “The Great Lessons”?

Paula Lillard Preschlack - Montessori Great Lessons, girl sitting doing a Montessori activity.

September 2020 by Paula Lillard Preschlack Maria Montessori’s Great lessons provide the framework for children’s understanding of the world, the drama to fuel their imaginations, and the impetus to explore with their relentless curiosity.

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Talking to Children About Money

Paula Lillard Preschlack - a white piggy bank and coins on a table.

August 2019 by Paula Lillard Preschlack Talking about money can be uncomfortable for some families. Maria Montessori believed that this topic should be studied like all others. Here, Paula offers suggestions for talking to children of all ages about money.

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