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Bess Wuertz
SharePoint Consultant, Improv Actor, Montessori Evengelist, Mom of Three, & Geek at Heart
SharePoint Consultant, Improv Actor, Montessori Evengelist, Mom of Three, & Geek at Heart

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Introducing Email for Elementary Practical Life
As my oldest is approaching the upper elementary range, she has been asking to use email.  I realize that electronic use in the realms of Montessori can be a hot topic.  We have made the decision to utilize it carefully in our family but obviously, this is ...

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Indoor Snowball Fight
One thing I've discovered over the years is that gross motor activity strategically placed before a work period has greatly enhanced my children's willingness and ability to focus on work.  20 minutes of running around outside can be enough to turn any day ...

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Favorite Montessori-ish Resources
If you've been around my blog for any length of time, you know the traditional Montessori materials captivate me.  During our journey, I have come across a number of things that have added to our Montessori experience.  However, some of our favorites are it...

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Using Math Command Cards
The Montessori math approach was what initially caught my eye about the Montessori Method.  I love the way complex concepts are presented to young children in a concrete manner.  Progressing to elementary work has reaffirmed my appreciation of the math sequ...

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Our Favorite Language Arts Supplements
One of the main reasons I homeschool is so I can tailor the approach to each child.  Our core Montessori work is Keys of the World and Keys of the Universe.  It's a fantastic, comprehensive program.  As we have walked that path of studying language arts, I'...

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Supporting a Family with High Medical Needs
This post is part of a special series I'm participating in a series called Parenting Children with Special Needs. Few people would deny that a medical needs family needs outside support.  However, when the crisis hits and emotions are high, it can be hard t...

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Pink Tower Power
There are few materials more synonymous with a Montessori education than the Pink Tower.  This iconic stack of wooden blocks comes from an area called Sensorial, which is unique to the first plane of development (ages 6 and under).  Traditional Montessori m...

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Hemophilia, Juvenile Arthritis, and Allergies... Oh My!
This is the first post in a new series on Special Needs Parenting.  I'm honored and thrilled to be asked to join this phenomenal series.  At the same time, I feel nervous and exposed.  Two out of my three children have life-altering, chronic medical issues....

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Practical Life for an Older Child
Practical Life is often considered one of the most critical areas of a Montessori primary education.  However, it can seemingly get lost in the shuffle as a child moves into the second plane of development at age six.  In reality, the focus simply shifts.  ...

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Nature in the Field
There is no description, no image in any book, that is capable of
replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around
them, in a real forest. -Maria Montessori If there's one thing we have fallen in love with in recent years, it's campi...
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