Crystal Lawrence

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Teach Letter Sounds to Your Child Using Montessori Principles

Parents often wonder how to teach letters and phonics to their children. It’s easy for you to teach letter sounds at home. You just need to know a …

Art Appreciation Activities from Montessori By Mom

I love Montessori art appreciation activities, and Montessori By Mom has some fabulous ones in their Art Appreciation Toolbox. Although the …

Montessori-Inspired Compass Rose Activities and Outdoor Compass Walks

<b>Welcome to the July 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Summer Fun</b><i>This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting</i> …

Some sewing (Montessori Practical Life) projects

Since putting a sewing basket on our shelves Otis has been a prolific creator. He will use all the fabric and all the thread in the basket. He can …

Is there enough art in Montessori schools?

In each Montessori school we have attended there have been areas that I feel have been lacking. In Canberra I felt the children could do more …

Montessori Monday – Phonics: How to Introduce Words Starting with Phonograms

My daughter, granddaughter, and I have had fun recently creating videos that show how you can introduce the beginning sounds of words and objects to …

Montessori-Inspired Music Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I LOVE sharing musical activities with young children. Music was my top extracurricular activity when I was in elementary- and high school, and I’ve …

I Spent a Week Giving My Husband a Lot of Compliments—Here's What Happened

Did the lucky guy even notice the difference?<p>I had a strange realization the other day at a friend's wedding: The groom had just called his bride a "glorious human" in a speech in front of the crowd, which was quite possibly the best compliment ever. And suddenly it hit me: I couldn't remember the …

Relationships

Could Ditching Your Dishwasher Lead to Fewer Allergies for Kids?

For the past few years, researchers around the world have dedicated their studies to find out why so many childhood allergies are on the rise.<p>A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that there may actually be a positive link between handwashed dishes and decreased …

The Great Montessori Schism

The divisive history of the popular school system, and what it teaches us about education and change<p><i>The divisive history of the popular school system, and what it teaches us about education and change</i><p>True to its nature as an essentially religious institution, the kindergarten has undergone schisms, …

Study Indicates That Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods

A study comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that …

Education

Increasing Montessori Enrollments with Online Marketing

As I was driving through my neighborhood this week, I noticed small signs scattered about town that advertised the local Montessori school. All that …

Benefits of Montessori Education

Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, …

5 Habits To Steal from Preschoolers for a Happier Home

(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)<p>I chose my son's Montessori preschool in part because of the order and beauty of its environment. I agreed with the …

Inspired by His Learning

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether we're doing the right thing by putting our boys in a school that follows a non-traditional method of education. …

Making Montessori a part of every day

I've mentioned before about Montessori not being something we do during a specific hour, at a designated time, about it being more of a parenting and …

Redirecting Versus Distracting in the Montessori Environment

What is the difference between redirecting and distracting children from unwanted behavior? The biggest difference is in the approach. Redirection …

Montessori Birthday Circles

Image credits: Waseca, Pyjama School, Montessori en Casa, Arabesque Scissors, Pinterest, Creative Kismet, Mommy Moment, Montessori Print Shop, River …

Comparing Educational Philosophies: Montessori and Waldorf

I have to admit that I learned about Waldorf before I learned about Montessori. I lived about a mile from the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento …

Dismantling Personalized Learning Myths

“A deeper understanding of the child empowers us as educators to deepen relationships and educate appropriately and proactively.” – Kathy …

Montessori-Inspired Multi-Level Penguin Activities

Montessori education is always multi-level. Yet, it was fun to see how easy it was to include activities for toddlers through first graders when …

Montessori Monday – Free Printables and Montessori-Inspired Activities from 2014

I have fun publishing Montessori-inspired posts using free printables at PreK + K Sharing on the 15th of each month.

Montessori

12 Principles of Child Development and Learning that Inform Practice

• All areas of development and learning are important.<br>• Learning and development follow sequences.<br>• Development and learning proceed at varying …

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind

Did you know that there are 90 reading standards for kindergartners under Common Core and that <i>all</i> kindergartners will be expected to read under these standards?<p>I don't know why I'm surprised. In an interview on BAM Radio Network several years ago, noted early childhood expert Jane Healy told me, …

Education Week Multimedia Tool Shows Good Technology Use in Pre-K Through 3

Many teachers and parents now know that parking a young child in front of a screen—be it a television, computer, tablet, or smartphone—for extended …

Early Childhood Development: Three Things Experts Agree on about Outcomes, Quality, and Costs

<b> <br>Editor’s Note: This blog is one of a series on early childhood development, featuring experts from Brookings and elsewhere that have been discussing</b> …

Early Education Is Everyone's Issue

President Obama used his penultimate State of the Union to call for a significant expansion in college access and increased investments in early childhood. This follows his administration's efforts in the last two years to increase funding and investments in high quality preschool and early …