Montessori vs STEM – What are the differences?

montessori vs stem

You’re researching schools and learning methods for your precious little one and you’ve come across two very interesting methodologies: Montessori and STEM. They both have some similarities, and at the same time are so different. As parents we want what’s best for our kids, and education is a top priority. So, when it comes to …

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How to organize toys the Montessori way

How to organize toys the Montessori way

Meta Title: The Montessori Way of Organizing Your Little One’s Toys Meta Description: The Montessori way works in the home, too. It is easier than you think. You can buy the perfect toys for your child and organize them to help him achieve his… Montessori education is not just about piling in information but about …

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How can I improve my toddler’s balance?

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Balance is a key skill that people use everyday when we walk, climb on a stepstool, climb up a set of steps, even sit at a table to eat. Adults and older children can execute all sorts of activities and movements that require good balance without thinking about it. But toddlers must develop this skill …

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Why Your Toddler Throws Toys Instead of Playing

why your toddler throws toys instead of playing

When your toddler hurls a plastic dump truck into your flat screen television, your first instinct is probably not to exercise your patience. However, possibly having patience enough to remember a pre-devised plan for this situation is just the ticket.  It is not uncommon for a toddler to throw toys around. Luckily, like most thinelse …

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What is open-ended play

What is open ended play_

Many of us may remember our childhood playtimes, when ordinary objects became the stuff of adventure and exploration with little or no prompting – just the workings of imagination. When a child is given opportunities to play without limitations or specific directions for how objects should be used or how activities must be carried out, …

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What is a Montessori Shelf

What is a Montessori Shelf and How do you use it

The Montessori method never goes out of style. It’s been around for over a century and parents just to love it, simply because it makes sense.  Let your children discover on their own, keep the materials natural, simple toys, more creativity and open-ended play – who can’t get behind that? With the simplicity of the …

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How often to rotate Montessori toys

How often to rotate toys_

One important aspect of Montessori-style play and learning is to limit the number of options a child has to choose from when selecting an activity. Since Montessori open-ended toys are designed to foster creativity, independence, and open-ended play, the limited number of choices benefits children because they are not overwhelmed or overstimulated.  As parents you …

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Toddler Balance Boards – A Complete Guide

Toddler Balance Boards A Complete Guide

Anyone who lives with toddlers knows that they are prone to accidents. Their gross motor and fine motor skills are still developing and this often leads to accidents around the house. At the same time, there are plenty of ways that parents can help their toddlers with the development of their motor skills. One option …

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Why are Montessori toys so expensive?

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Every parent wants to give their children a great start when it comes to the development of motor and problem solving skills, even in the earliest stages of infancy. Many experts advocate for simple, quality open ended play options for children that foster exploration, creativity, and ultimately independence.  With so many options out there, it …

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When to start using a learning tower

When to start using a learning tower

Much of the ideology behind the Montessori Method lies in the concept that children learn by doing and exploring. This is shown in the way that Montessori toys and materials are functional and grounded in reality. A Montessori tower – sometimes called a learning tower or kitchen helper – is a great tool that allows …

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