Infant & Toddler

6 Terrific Tips for Working with Toddlers

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

A little while ago, I wrote a post about the effectiveness of logical consequences. In it, I mentioned that logical consequences generally don’t work with very young children (say, under three), because they don’t yet understand cause and effect. Several people contacted me to ask, “What should we do, then, to guide young children towards […]

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Oh, Baby! Preparing a Montessori Environment for the Littlest Ones

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Many people do not realize that Montessori can begin at birth, or even before, as preparations are made for the baby’s arrival. Many Montessori schools offer infant programs, and it’s very interesting to see how the classrooms are arranged. The focus is always on freedom of movement, quality over quantity, and natural materials over synthetic. […]

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Montessori for Infants

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

When is it too early to start Montessori? As the song says, the beginning is “a very good place to start!” Can you tell I watched The Sound of Music last night? In thinking about this topic, I knew that even among devoted Montessori parents and teachers, very few attempt to do “infant Montessori” because […]

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Montessori Basics 7: Essentials of a Toddler Classroom

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Welcome to the next post in the Montessori Basics series! This one is an overview of basic materials for the toddler classroom. While Maria Montessori put 0-3 year olds in a subgroup of the 0-6 plane of development, most schools have an infant room and a toddler room, separating the environments.

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Recommended Reading for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I came across this list the other day – it’s something I put together for a mom’s group that I spoke to about reading and children. I thought it might be helpful, so take a look!For Babies and Toddlers — Board BooksThe Very Hungry Caterpillar and other books by Eric CarleBut Not the Hippopotamus! and […]

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Toddler Language Development is Everywhere

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

My sister, who lives in New York, came to visit over the holidays. While at my house, she sat down in our classroom area and started asking questions about the materials. After we had looked at some sensorial and math materials, she asked, “Don’t you have any toddler language materials?” I realized that for 0-3, […]

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Great Ideas for Toddler Activities!

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Time for a little more about toddlers! I will share what my daughter is currently doing right now. She loves the hex bolt board from Montessori Services. There are three in the set (although they can be ordered separately), and this is the easiest one. We haven’t tried the other two yet – she’s been […]

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Trying to Understand Toddler Behavior

Monday, October 16th, 2006

I’ve been doing a lot of posts about working with my son, so I thought I’d sneak one in about toddlers. My daughter is 2 1/2, so she’s nearing the end of the 0-3 cycle. Still, much of the work we do could be considered 0-3, and definitely many of the behaviors she exhibits are […]

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