What We’re Reading: Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers (Faith Collins)

Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: Create a Life You and Your Child Both Love by Faith Collins was a great book and, after listening to the audiobook, I bought a hardcopy to keep on my shelf. It's one of those I'm going to be rereading every couple of months because I want to be sure I'm implementing … Continue reading What We’re Reading: Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers (Faith Collins)

Unlocking Montessori Key #6: Learning with Meaningful Context

Usually, I frame my posts through stories of my children or other students, but when I sat down to draft today’s article, I had a vivid memory from my own past - I wasn’t quite a child (or I certainly didn’t think I was!) but it was certainly a learning experience for me. I remember … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori Key #6: Learning with Meaningful Context

Unlocking Montessori – Key #5: Learning From Peers & the Unconscious Absorbent Mind

———————————— This fifth principle of Montessori education is one intuitive to most parents - especially in the preschool years. It is the understanding that children will learn from their peers and their surroundings continually, not just in lesson times.  Maria Montessori used the term “unconscious absorbent mind” to describe the concept of the child taking … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #5: Learning From Peers & the Unconscious Absorbent Mind

Unlocking Montessori – Key #4: Internal Rewards & Motivation

With Coronavirus continuing to loom, many of us are still working on our quarantine hobby. I’m looking at you Sourdough Bread Starter. While many of us started gardens or practiced baking inspired by fears of food shortages, some have stuck to the task out of stubborn determination to WIN THIS THING. You know the feeling … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #4: Internal Rewards & Motivation

Unlocking Montessori – Key #3: Child-Led Learning

I’ll admit a little bias here: child-led learning is my favorite. Why? Because children love it, yes, but also because (shhh) it’s easy.  Continuing our series on Montessori, the 3rd key to understanding this educational method is individual interest and child-led learning. Children are naturally curious and constantly exploring their environments. Montessori allows the child's … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #3: Child-Led Learning

Unlocking Montessori – Key #2: Freedom

Montessori Key #2: Free Choice & Perceived Autonomy  For this second key to understanding Montessori, I want you to think about the last several weeks of quarantine. Even if you are an introvert who works from home, somehow being under lockdown feels stifling and has given many feelings of anxiety or even depression. Why is … Continue reading Unlocking Montessori – Key #2: Freedom