Whole Body Learning: Why Sensory Experiences Are So Important

Child learning with the whole body learning.

When you think about sending your child to school, you may expect the linear model of learning, where the teacher provides information and the children internalize it to learn answers, letters, numbers, and events. While memorization is a key part of retaining knowledge, the best learning is done with the senses.

Sensory activities are a huge part of the Montessori classroom simply because they have the greatest impact on early brain development and learning patterns. Have you wondered why sensory play and learning is so important for your child? Here’s what you need to know about engaging the senses and how it relates to education.  (more…)

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10 Common Montessori Learning Materials and How They Help Your Child

capture2The Montessori method encourages self-directed learning through exploration and play. We help children learn through a variety of specially developed materials. These materials may look like fun toys, but they are designed to help your child learn and master difficult concepts.

Here are some of the most common learning materials you might see in a Montessori classroom. (more…)

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Montessori at Home: Incorporating Montessori Learning Principles into Your Family Lifestyle

The guiding philosophy of the Montessori classroom is that children are empowered to learn through exploration. As children “teach” themselves about the world and how it works, they become eager to learn even more on a never-ending path of self-motivated discovery.

There is no reason why this philosophy can’t “come home” with your child at the end of the school day. Whether your child is in pre-school, elementary school, or secondary education, you can easily adopt Montessori principles into your home for greater learning and independence. (more…)

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The Mixed-Age Advantage: Why Montessori Classrooms Combine Younger and Older Students

Mixed-Age Group of StudentsParents who are considering the Montessori approach for their children will be interested to learn that a single Montessori classroom holds children from a broad age spectrum. It’s a significant departure from the model of public school, where children are strictly grouped according to age.

What are the advantages of having an age-diverse classroom? As a parent, you’ll be interested to know the unique benefits that can come from mixed-age classrooms. (more…)

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Keep It Simple: How Montessori Classroom Design Enhances Learning

If you were to walk into a traditional preschool classroom, you might notice the décor first. Many classrooms fill the walls with brightly colored charts, posters, and decorations. Some of these items have educational purposes, such as bulletin boards to track students’ progress, but many are simply intended to liven up the space.

 

In a Montessori classroom, you might also notice the décor first, but not because of its bold colors. In this blog, we discuss the principles behind Montessori classroom elements and how those principles benefit students. (more…)

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Developmental Milestones for Infants

From the time babies are born, they begin to learn about the world around them. How your child speaks, plays, and acts can give you clues to how well he or she is learning. Not every baby develops the same skills at the same time. However, you can look for milestones around certain ages to ensure your baby is learning essential developmental skills.

Look for the following milestones in your infant to ensure he or she is developing properly. (more…)

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5 International Experiences You Can Give Your Child at Home

Your child knows a lot about the outside world. Thanks to his or her education and your own family activities, your preschooler or elementary school-aged child spends time in nature and knows a lot about the city or state in which you live.

But while you want your child to love life in your area, you also want him or her to grow into a global citizen-and there’s no better time to help your child become a compassionate, helpful member of the global community than while he or she is young.

Fortunately, you don’t always have to pay for international travel to help your child grow. Parents and teachers alike can help young children foster an interest in the rest of the world from right here in Minnesota-just follow the tips in this blog to help your child learn more about the globe. (more…)

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Teach Your Children the Confidence They Need to Succeed

When children take tests or learn new skills, their confidence level often determines their success. Therefore, it’s important for parents to help their kids develop a can-do attitude that prepares them for challenges both in school and in life.

If you want to help your child develop confidence as he or she grows, try the confidence-building tips below. (more…)

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How to Help Your Kids Set Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Another year is upon us, which means one thing: it’s time to set New Year’s resolutions. Even if you haven’t had success with resolutions in the past, setting a few with your children can help them learn self-discipline, as well as the value of setting and achieving goals.

If you’re not sure how to help your kids set healthy, realistic resolutions, don’t fret. We want to see your kids succeed just as much as you do, so we put together the following guide with potential resolutions and ways to turn them into reality. (more…)

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