Parenting

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

22 April 2017 • Parenting • Resources

In mid-September best selling author Daniel Pink hosted another best selling author, Paul Tough, on his internet broadcast talk show, Office Hours. Paul Tough is the author of the recently released book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Wendy Calise, principal of Countryside Montessori in Illonois, USA and the driving force…

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What to do at home in the holidays when your child is missing Montessori

22 April 2017 • Parenting

If we look closely at Maria Montessori’s writings we notice how much she emphasised children’s need for routine and purposeful activity so you could organise your holiday with your child with these two principles in mind. Before the holidays start I would recommend discussing or creating a daily routine with your child. What needs doing…

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Seven Suggestions for Parenting from Collaboration to Freedom

20 April 2017 • Parenting

Seven suggestions from collaboration, to good leadership, from observation to opportunity. What Montessori values can you use in your parenting? Foster a spirit of collaboration with your child Building collaboration with children involves taking an interest in them as human beings – let your child know that you enjoy their company. Listen to your child…

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Why young children like to do the same activities each day

19 April 2017 • Parenting

It can be very beneficial for young children to choose the same activities every day. By repeating and repeating the activity, your child is mastering the skill or refining her understanding of the concepts involved. While the child is still learning and gaining from the activity, a Montessori teacher would not deter her from choosing…

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Children learn through their senses

17 April 2017 • Parenting

Maria Montessori was an Italian educator who began her involvement with young children more than one hundred years ago. Her observations and pedagogical method, however, continue to offer new insights into the understanding we have of young children’s learning. When Montessori first began observing children in the slums of San Lorenzo in Italy, schools of…

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Montessori Ground Rules You Can Use at Home

15 April 2017 • Parenting

A Montessori teacher shares some ground rules established at Montessori, which help adults talk effectively with children. Go slowly, be gentle and use your words! Go Slowly We have a classroom “rule” which says Go Slowly. If you are going slowly, you have time to react to situations as they arise.  Contrary to general assumptions, children don’t…

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Savouring Childhood at a Slower Pace

12 April 2017 • Parenting

Dr Maria Montessori strongly believed that an adult’s pace of life is not the natural pace of childhood and too often, children are expected to speed up rather than having the adults around them slow down. I was really aware of this before I had my son Lincoln and so I came into parenting with some…

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Why children in Montessori pour water and wash tables

12 April 2017 • Parenting

The activities are from the Practical Life curriculum in the Montessori classroom. In a class for three to six year olds, this area is set up with many different activities and experiences that have underlying benefits and often subtle messages for our children.  Practical life exercises such as table or window washing or pouring exercises…

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Will Montessori suit my loud, exuberant child?

5 April 2017 • Parenting

In one of her last books, The Absorbent Mind, Dr Montessori makes this comment; “Passive children are thought to be good. Noisy and exuberant children with vivid imaginations are thought to be spiritually brilliant.” (p. 201) Dr Montessori believed that the goal of children is to ‘aim energetically and directly towards independence’. The Montessori method…

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Learning ‘Wrong’ Creates Opportunities

3 April 2017 • Parenting

The development of a young child is facilitated by the absorbent mind and unique periods of sensitivity to the environment that nurture skills, knowledge and understanding of the material, social, natural and social worlds in which the child participates. It is a distinctive flow of relationships and experiences of which the young child becomes increasingly…

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