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Montessori at Home: Cooking and Baking with Kids

The thought of cooking or baking with your toddler or preschooler might sound crazy, but it’s a great way to bond and help them learn and can be a lot of fun for both the parents and the kids. The key to making it a fun activity rather than a big enormous stress mess is to set realistic expectations. Don’t …

3 Screen-Free Activities for Kids

Trying to limit your child’s exposure to TV, cell phones, tablets, and whatever other screens are in your home can be challenging. It seems as if everywhere you turn, there’s a screen that’s calling out to your child, “watch me!” “watch me!” “watch me!”. While turning on a movie or TV show can be an easy way to get a …

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Are we Teaching our Children to be Helpless?

As parents, we want to do everything we can to help our children learn and grow. We want to shield them from the harsh realities of the world. However, are we doing too much and in turn, teaching our children to be helpless? Think for a moment about your daily routine with your children. Do you initiate activities or do …

Montessori at Home: How Allowing a Child to Dress Themselves Promotes Independence

Many parents ask how they can incorporate Montessori lessons or teachings at home. Whether your child is in a Montessori school or not, children can benefit greatly from Montessori at home lessons. One of the most natural things you can do to help embrace Montessori at home is to allow your child to dress themselves. Maybe you’re thinking, they’re too …

Montessori at Home: Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

Often when parents visit their child’s classroom, they’re amazed by how independent the kids are and how many tasks they can do themselves. Parents often ask how they can encourage their kids to participate at home since the kids enjoy taking ownership of their environment. There are ways that everyone can help around the house, and when you work together, …

Montessori at Home: Montessori Friendly Toddler Room

Your child’s bedroom is their environment, and when we customize it so that they can feel comfortable and be independent within their rooms, they learn to be more independent. There are different ways you can make a Montessori friendly bedroom for a young child. The goal is to allow your child to do as much on their own as possible. …

The Benefits of Creative Play

Creative play. It sounds like a technical term, and in many ways it is. However, it’s also just kids playing, exploring, and being kids. Creative play can come in many forms. It can be a child building a fort, drawing, coloring, playing make-believe or many other types of play that you’re probably familiar with if you have young children. It’s …

Montessori at Home: Breakfast

The thought of having a toddler or preschool-aged child help cook can seem overwhelming or colossally messy, but it can work well when you teach children how to help themselves and give them the tools they need. In a Montessori classroom, children as young as 18 months are taught how to pour water, carry a breakable plate, and prepare meals …

3 Fun Weekend Activities (to wear your child out!)

By the time the weekend rolls around, many parents are ready to collapse and relax after a long work week. However, when you have young kids, your weekends often go, go, go. It can be a mix of errands, kids’ activities, birthday parties, and whatever else needs to get done. Rather than stress your way through the weekend, try these …