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Montessori DIY: Tips for Creating Montessori Inspired Activities by Teresa Hadsall of Montessori By Mom

Creating Your Own Activities
Creating your own Montessori inspired activities can be a lot of fun, but challenging as well. Parents can “Bring Montessori Home” with a few simple principles:

1. Create an ordered environment for your child to work in. Have all the materials ready and in their proper place. After the work\fun is done, guide your child take responsibility and help clean up.

2. Plan an activity that promotes concentration. TV and video games distract, while Montessori activities require your child’s full concentration.

3. Make sure you know the activity’s purpose. Ask yourself, “What is my child going to learn?” It is especially important to use activities that teach real life skills. (Tying, pouring, folding, matching, mixing, etc. are all great.)

4. Rely on your child’s inner motivation. Kids are built to learn and LOVE it. Most of the time, they just need the opportunity.

Making activities that rely on inner motivation:
The first thing to think about is your child’s interests. Build activities based on what you find them talking about a lot, or that seems to keep them engaged. If your child is really into sharks, print out shark pictures and discuss the similarities and differences between the species, create shark counting activities, crafts, and have lots of books available for the child to explore. They will absorb what you present to them because it is based on what they are truly interested in. You can do the same with almost any theme or interest.

Tiny Things
Kids love, and I mean LOVE, tiny objects. Representations of real thingssuch as miniature hangars, tiny chairs, itty bitty shells, etc. Something about them really captures their interest. Some of the best miniature items I have found at craft stores with the dollhouse items. They aren’t designed for children, but are perfect representations of the real thing.  Of course, when you use miniatures in your activities, you have to be sure your child is ready for them and won’t try to eat them.

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.

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