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Bringing Montessori Home for Preschoolers: Preparing the Environment at Home

The first undertaking of a Montessori teacher is to set up her classroom. In Montessori, the classroom is called the Prepared Environment. Parents can also create a Prepared Environment at home, which not only includes the physical materials, but also encompasses the atmosphere and rules that govern the environment. Read Full Article...


Children's Yoga:
Take a (Virtual) Trip to the Zoo!

In children's yoga, we use our imaginations to help foster creativity and engage kids in the practice of yoga. We also use age-appropriate imagery and language to make the art and science of yoga more accessible to children and meet them where they are, from a developmental standpoint. Follow this zoo-themed yoga sequence with your child at home! Read Full Article...


Halloween's Surprising Impacts

Whenever Halloween approaches, the subject of costumes and candy likely comes up in conversation. It's exciting to dress up as someone or something from our dreams for a night. However, some parents dread the inevitable sugar overload that follows We know about the dangers of sugar. But if we also knew more about the impact that candy ingredients have on the environment, we might look for alternatives. Read Full Article...


The Montessori Mafia

The Montessori education approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school's alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia: Google's founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, videogame pioneer Will Wright and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, not to mention Julia Child and rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

Is there something going on here? Is there something about the Montessori approach that nurtures creativity and inventiveness that we can all learn from? Read Full Article...

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQ in Children

The results of three recent studies have found that children exposed to organophosphates (OPs) in the womb have a lower IQ at seven years than those that have not. Indoor use of two OPs (chlorpyrifos and diazinon) known to be neurotoxicants have been phased out over the past decade because of health risks, however they are still approved for use in agricultural pesticides and are widely used on food crops. Increasingly scientists are finding that prenatal exposure to pesticides may lead to later health impacts. Read Full Article...

Positive Discipline and Child Guidance

You'll find this excerpt to be a great explanation of how we approach child guidance and discipline at Living Montessori and how we promote self-guidance and self-discipline in children. Read Full Article...

Some of the Benefits of Gymnastics

The parent who states that they think "…gymnastics would probably be good for their child" might be surprised to know just how good it is. With pediatric obesity at an epidemic level of 13% of children and adolescents in the United States, getting children away from the television or computer games and into the gym is a terrific first step toward a healthy lifestyle. The researchers at the Centers for Disease Control report that youth who undertake lifestyle exercise programs that increase physical activity, reduce the intake of high-caloric foods and involve parents have the best chance of preventing and reducing obesity over the long-term. Gymnastics is perhaps one of the most comprehensive "lifestyle exercise programs" available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power and discipline. Read Full Article...


Where to Find Vitamin D in the Dark

In the Pacific Northwest climate, there is not enough sunlight for our bodies to produce vitamin D between approximately October and March. Our bodies cannot store vitamin D over such a long period of time. What can we do to boost vitamin D during these winter months? Read Full Article...

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If you are interested in learning more about how a Montessori program can benefit your child, please read Montessori 101: Some Basic Information That Every Montessori Parent Should Know.



 

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