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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Returning to Our Montessori Values After Two Years of Screens

We are more grateful than ever for the technology in our lives! During the pandemic, being physically separated from one another was painful, especially for our children who crave social interaction. Out of necessity, we learned inventive ways that computers, iPhones and iPads could connect us–to one another and to information about the world.

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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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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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The First Months: Developing an Outlook for Life

Paula Lillard Preschlack - mother and child together.

March 2019 by Paula Lillard Preschlack New parents can find practical considerations to give newborn children the freedom to move and explore, including suggestions for the arrangement of the nursery, mobiles, and other developmentally appropriate toys for infants.

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Fostering Your Child’s Imagination: Fantasy vs. Reality

Paula Lillard Preschlack - infant materials and toys.

December 2018 by Paula Lillard Preschlack Dr. Montessori observed that when young children move their bodies, explore, and interact with the real world, these sensory experiences foster imagination. Fantasy, on the other hand, can be overemphasized and confusing for very young children. Maria Montessori articulates the distinctions between reality, the imagination, and fantasy.

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