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Living Mindfully with Our Children: Making Reflection and Intention our Daily Practice

Taking issue with Elf on the Shelf? Read more »

The Gift of a Rich, Full Childhood, Free of Unnecessary Distractions and Fears

“I am going to prepare my children for the world of adulthood by giving them a childhood, in the true sense of the word. Read more »

18 realistic family photos. Because we know parenting isn’t picture-perfect.

Yes! Parenting is not picture perfect but with Less-Is-More Montessori Parenting it’s a whole lot better than this! Read more »

The Systematic Approach to Foster Humanistic Values of Oneness and Harmony: It Is Called Montessori

“We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.” Read more »

The Heart of the Matter: the Connections Among Children, Parents, and Teachers

“Reading books with kids; discussing the literature, really listening to children’s connections to the story, are some of the best times one can have as a teacher. I learned so much about the power of great books, the right books and the deep connections to literature by what my students have said over the years. Read more »

Respect for Others

See how the youngest ones can respect the activities of the older ones? See how they can observe and participate with respect? This is one of the normal, healthy, and basic characteristics of very young children supported by Montessori development and learning at home and at school.

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May I?

The child’s Absorbent Mind, the best of all teachers, works most powerfully when the environment is richly but sparsely prepared Read more »

Laying the Concrete Foundation for a Life Rich in Abstract Thinking: Idea, Symbol, Fable, and Allegory

A young child who is steeped in the tantalizing details and vastness of everyday life in concrete reality will become an older child who values and employs abstract ideas in her thinking, one who can envision and bring herself and those in her realm into being, belonging, and becoming much more than she finds in the everyday circumstances. Read more »

More Than Just a Feather, More Than Just a Birdie

Now, over the next months, bit by bit, as she is interested, she gets to learn the name for each of the birds in her world. Read more »

Active Practice on Living Together, Not Painful Experiences in What Not to Do

This article explains why Montessori’s “Grace and Courtesy” during early childhood and “Civility and Manners” during the elementary years work so well. Read more »

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