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How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Simone Davies of Jacaranda Tree Montessori

How to talk with children is a lesson we all seem to need. Even as infants they learn from how and what we say to them. We are thrilled to have Simone Davies back with us to walk us through the How2Talk2Kids method of communicating with our children. 

Montessori at Home with Ikea by Meghan Sheffield of Milkweed & Montessori

I'm a big believer in the idea that Montessori is for everyone. It's a philosophy which is ultimately meant to make the world a better place, originally inspired by Maria Montessori's observations of children who were living in poverty. Unfortunately, Western public education systems are slow to adapt and Montessori has been mostly privately-funded system in North American — meaning that the schools are often only available to those who can afford to pay out of pocket.

Homeschooling During a Crisis by Bess Wuertz of Grace and Green Pastures

 If you walk a homeschooling journey for any length of time, you are certain to encounter some unexpected bumps in the road.  Life has a way of surprising us with moments, both good and bad, that obliterate the best laid plans.  Those bumps can come in many forms – moving, a new baby, a job loss, prolonged illness, divorce, the death of a loved one, a family member deployment, a life-altering diagnosis, natural disaster or adoption.  These moments often drain our resources, elevate our stress levels and overwhelm us emotionally.  It can be difficult, if not impossible to focus the time and energy necessary to produce the homeschooling experience we desire for our children.

How to Boost Your Child's Creativity in a Digital World by Clarissa Brooks

It’s 2014, and we are living in what many refer to as the “digital age”. Nowadays it is becoming more and more common to see infants playing along with iPads and the days of reading books or actually using your imagination are becoming nearly obsolete. Sure, technology is convenient, but is it harmful to our children’s creativity? When we have so many different forms of technology to think for ourselves it can be hard to find activities to keep your child’s creativity alive. However, creativity is not something to neglect. Creative minds are successful minds. Creative people are able to find unique solutions to problems which can help to set them apart from the rest of the crowd especially later in life when they enter the workforce. Here are three activities you can do with your child to help boost their creativity even in this digital world we live in.

Seven Montessori Sewing Works For Your Home or Class by Aimee Fagan of Montessori Works

If I had to pick just one type of work to stock my practical life shelves with, it would be sewing. I am NOT an accomplished sewer. Actually, I think it has been over a year since I pulled out my sewing machine, and then I prefer to make clothing with elasticized waists. But, when it comes to the classroom, I think nothing beats handwork.

Maria Montessori stated that the activities of practical life should be meaningful, looking around my classroom, I wanted to find activities that still had meaning for today’s children. Polishing is great, but how many children really see their parents polishing the silver place settings? Spooning, tonging, pouring and the like are quickly mastered when we leave the lessons simple and isolated on the tray. What materials could we use that would appeal to the 3 year-old and remained enticing through age 6 or beyond? Sewing.
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