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Positive interactions in childhood create well-balanced, mentally stable, happy children and adults. Today we discuss chapter 12 of The Absorbent Mind: The Effect of Obstacles on Development.

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.ca/2014/04/montessori-absorbent-mind-12-obstacles-development.html

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If you’re not careful, the sheer abundance of ideas on the Internet can sweep you away in a tide of “I have to try that!” and “Oh, that looks so easy!” It’s a great way to discover new activity ideas, share your own shelf works, and expand the educational horizons of your classroom. This week’s blog gives some tips on how you can make sure that you are adjusting the activities you find to align with the principles of Montessori education. 

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.ca/2014/04/adjusting-activities-for-montessori.html

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Today’s blog post discusses Montessori’s observations about how different cultures around the world approach carrying, feeding, and caring for a crying infant. When we make a conscious effort to interact directly with an infant, we are providing the most important support possible to childhood development, no matter where in the world we live. 

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.ca/2014/03/conscious-interaction-with-infants-montessori-childhood-development.html

Have a wonderful weekend!

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In chapter 9 of The Absorbent Mind, we take a look at The First Days of Life. When it comes to the Montessori environment, it encompasses much more than the classroom. In fact, as Montessori education begins as ‘a help to life’ right from birth, the home and natural surroundings are an important part of the prepared environment.

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.ca/2014/03/the-absorbent-mind-chapter-9-first-days.html

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An inspiring story to start your day. Follow the child!

"Above all it is to be noted that the child has a passionate love for order and work, and possesses intellectual qualities superior by far to what might have been expected."
- Peace and Education, p. 38

http://themotherlist.com/mother-tore-label-nurtured-sons-hidden-genius/

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Incredible story about a mother nurturing her autistic son's genius.
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We're starting a fresh new week in a new location. During our office move on Friday, we neglected to post our blog entry here on G+! Our apologies: enjoy an early week look at Montessori as an heuristic learning approach.

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.ca/2014/04/montessori-heuristic-approach-to.html
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In chapter 10 of The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Montessori reminds us that while the child is “the creator of speech,” success at this task is determined by our guidance. Click through for a handy chart on general time frames for speech development in children.

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.ca/2014/04/montessori-absorbent-mind-ch-10-thoughts-language.html

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We often refer to the term 'Executive Function' and the key role it plays in childhood development. Here is an excellent video that will help you learn more about why executive function is such an important part of the Montessori (and any early childhood) environment.

"Being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears is like having an air traffic control system at a busy airport to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways. In the brain, this air traffic control mechanism is called executive functioning, a group of skills that helps us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time, and revise plans as necessary. "

http://youtu.be/efCq_vHUMqs

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Understanding the feelings of others and respecting the wider world are some of the ways in which children learn to be caring. It is this care, developed in childhood, which characterizes peaceful, intelligent adults and active community citizens. How can we help foster caring, and why is it important?

"A moral imperative applicable to all of us is the need to care for others and the world. With this in mind, it would be well for us, as early childhood educators, to pay special attention to the meaning of “care” in child care. We should, indeed, be caregivers not only in the sense of caring for each child in our classroom, but also in the sense of fostering an attitude of caring in the child."

http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=262

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Children have an innate sense of fairness which passes through different stages as each individual grows. Helping children work on this sense of fairness is an important job for educators, and it often means supporting young ones as they learn to process emotions, delay gratification, and tolerate disappointment.

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.ca/2014/03/developing-sense-fairness-montessori.html

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

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