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Building Great Leaders the Montessori Way

What type of person makes a great leader?  A typical checklist would include: a good listener, a hard worker, a collaborator, a facilitator, a self-starter,  perhaps even a visionary.  Are these individuals born with leadership oozing out of their pores, or are they made?   

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the two founders of Google, attributed their entrepreneurial ability to their time as...

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Helping Teens Build Relationships--The Teacher's Role

In these days of lightning fast re-tweets and layers of bullying all around us, parents often wonder how they can help prepare their children for the "real" world.  Of particular concern are teenagers, who are incredibly sensitive beings, going through similar changes they went through as preschoolers, only now in larger bodies.  And while adolescents have far greater intellectual...

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Want Your Children to Read More?  Warning:  Don't Ask Them!

Some parents would love to see their children read more for pleasure.  After all, children who read on their own, outside of school mandated assignments, have been shown to perform better in school and are more successful financially.  So, who wouldn't want their children reading more?

With this worthy parental desire have come all kinds of dangling carrots aimed at enticing children to read....

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Why Do Children Need Movement in School?

Many of us remember school as being tied to a desk, watching the clock, desperate to move our bodies.  Perhaps you thought the coursework was the problem, that it simply wasn't interesting.  Was that really the issue, or did it have more to do with how limited your movement and interactions were with that class' content?

With the groundswell of support for public and charter Montessori schools...

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Helping to Build Executive Function in Young Children

What exactly is executive function, and why is it important?  Under the label of strong executive function we find abilities such as attention to detail, time management, multi-tasking and switching focus, planning and organization, remembering details, and learning from our experiences.  Children who lack executive function have a much more difficult time in school, as well as in the...

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Bilingualism in Young Children

There are many advantages of bilingualism: cultural awareness, convenience, job opportunities, just to name a few. However, we don’t often think about the cognitive benefits of a second language.

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Helping Elementary Children Succeed in Mathematics

Over the years I’ve been fortunate to talk with Montessori alumni who have come back to visit. Often I will ask about their proficiency in mathematics, as it’s become quite commonplace for me to hear, “Yes, math was always easy for me, even when I was no longer in a Montessori classroom.”

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Hands-On Materials Don't Help Teach Math! (Really?)

Over the years numerous studies have reported mixed results regarding the use of manipulatives in teaching math to 3-6 year-olds. So, after a looking over many studies, some scientists decided to look a little deeper. They discovered evidence that shows Montessori kids do better in math than kids taught in traditional or non-Montessori environments. And since Montessori kids all use...

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Royalty, Montessori and the Masses

The above photo is Prince William's first day of Montessori school, with Lady Diana and Prince Charles in attendance.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently made headlines for their choice of schools for their young son, Prince George. They have chosen a Montessori school, just as Prince Charles and Lady Diana chose for George’s father, Prince William.

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Building Self-Esteem at Home and in Montessori

Parents know how critical self-esteem is to their children's future success. Without self-worth, life's pathways are much steeper and much more difficult. Did you know that by age five, children's self-esteem is on par with adults', and this trait will often remain stable across their whole lives?

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