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  1. Teaching the Montessori Way: The Three-Period Lesson

    Have you ever been curious as to how children learn in a Montessori setting?  The Montessori Three-Period Lesson (basically a lesson in three parts) is used throughout the Montessori environment to help introduce a new concept and lead the children along a path to understanding and mastery.  Villa Montessori Polaris uses the Three-Period Lesson extensively (but not exclusively)… Continue Reading »
  2. Technology in a Montessori Classroom

    Technology in education is a hot topic.  Not only does it provide students with easy-to-access information, accelerated learning, and fun opportunities to practice what they learn, but also gives students the opportunity to gain 21st century technical skills necessary for future occupations.  You may find technology in a Montessori classroom presented quite differently than what… Continue Reading »
  3. Top 5 Differences Between Montessori and Traditional Education

    Providing a strong base for lifelong learning is essential to a child’s future success.  Studies show that children are more successful in school and beyond when given a strong foundation in the earliest years of their lives.  The Montessori philosophy centers around helping children develop cognitive, social, and physical abilities to help build this foundation…. Continue Reading »
  4. Cooking with Your Toddlers and Preschool-Aged Children

    Our lives today seem to be a whirlwind as we get back to work and the kids get back to in-person learning.  Once again, we find ourselves consulting our calendars to check and double check where we are supposed to be and at what time we need to be there.  After spending so much time at home,… Continue Reading »
  5. Independence and the Montessori Child

      “The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” — Dr. Maria Montessori You may already know that Montessori educators value and encourage independence even at the youngest of ages.  Why do we believe that independence is so important?  It’s simple really – the development of independence… Continue Reading »
  6. Discipline the Montessori Way

      The article below was first published in Tomorrow’s Child online magazine and is a perfect explanation of how discipline is handled in a Montessori environment.  Villa Montessori Polaris provides our students with an authentic Montessori experience that follows the teachings and observations of Dr. Maria Montessori, which are brilliantly described here.  Enjoy the article!… Continue Reading »
  7. Four Parenting Strategies to Better Connect With Your Child

    Let’s face it, parenting is hard and can be challenging at times.  Whether your child is already enrolled as a student at Villa Montessori Preschool, or you are thinking about joining our community, we want to help you bring Montessori home by offering you some helpful parenting tips. At Villa Montessori Preschool, we strive to… Continue Reading »
  8. Cultural Studies

    For the past several months, we have taken an in-depth look at the areas that comprise the Montessori classroom.  Our final area to discuss is Cultural Studies.  The Montessori cultural studies curriculum provides opportunities for children to explore the larger world.  Students learn about the people, terrain and animals of each continent as part of… Continue Reading »
  9. Reading and Writing the Montessori Way

    Over the past several months, we have taken an in-depth look at how the Montessori classroom prepares a child for the rigors of academia and life.  Much like math, language arts is the culmination of all the skills a child has learned through the other areas of the classroom, such as practical life and sensory learning.  Dr…. Continue Reading »
  10. How Montessori Teaches Math And Shapes The Mathematical Mind

    According to Dr. Maria Montessori, the absorbent mind occurs from birth until approximately the age of six.   During this time period, a child experiences a period of intense mental activity that allows him or her to “absorb” learning from their environment on an unconscious level with very little effort.  Learning during this absorbent mind period is natural and… Continue Reading »