Child Development

Discovering the Potential in Every Child

Children have enormous potential. There’s almost no limit to the things they can do. One of the wonderful things about the prepared Montessori environment is that it makes every kind of task accessible. It can be a chore, like sweeping, or a complicated math concept, like the binomial equation; in every case, our goal as […]

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What’s in a Game?

Most of us remember playing games as kids; I had my favorites, and it’s a lot of fun to introduce them to my own kids now. Sometimes we forget, though, just how much is going on when kids play games. Behind the fun, kids are learning life strategies and sharpening their aptitude for thinking and […]

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The Benefits of Hands-On Learning

Recently I’ve been pondering the way in which humans assimilate information. I’ve been observing my own kids, and in so doing, learned a lot about, well, how we learn. We’ve been taking a break from our regular work cycle to “go out” as we say in Montessori; we’ve been taking weekly field trips, enjoying the […]

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Spring Means Outdoor Fun!

My kids are playing in our backyard right now, so it seems natural to post about spring and all its attendant activities. Truly, their favorite thing is to be “nature detectives” – they use binoculars, magnifying glasses, and bug huts and roam the yard looking for interesting bugs, plants, rocks, and sticks. We’ve discovered nuts, […]

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