3 Paths to Imaginative Play

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As a parent, you want your child to grow up to be the best person that he or she can be. One important part of growth is learning to be independent and imaginative. Nowadays, encouraging independent and imaginative play with your child can be difficult. More and more kids play with tablets and other technological devices, which can be educational and a lot of fun. However, these devices can discourage kids from playing on their own. Luckily, as a parent, there are steps that you can take. These are three tips that can help you encourage your child to be independent and imaginative, even in today's tech-heavy world. 1. Provide the Right Toys First of all, you can't really expect your child to do anything else if all that you buy for birthdays and holidays are technological toys. Although there is nothing wrong with buying tablets and other devices for...
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Debunking Myths About Montessori Schools

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Deciding where your children will receive their education is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. As the school choice movement continues to gain momentum, parents have more options today than in years past. One of those options -- a Montessori approach to education -- is growing in popularity across the country. Yet, there are also many myths associated with Montessori schools. Let's consider six of the most persistent Montessori-related myths-- and the truth behind the misconceptions. Montessori classrooms have no structure Montessori education is a child-centered approach to learning where independence and freedom within limits are emphasized. A casual observer who is accustomed to traditional schools might initially view a Montessori classroom as unstructured, but that's simply not the case. Montessori classrooms are thoughtfully prepared with developmentally appropriate learning materials. The belief is that when children are given the flexibility and independence to explore what interests...
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What is Montessori School?

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Montessori education is different  from ordinary schools. We're interested in helping children learn and grow, not teaching them how to fill in circles on a Scantron sheet. We want to encourage a lifelong desire to learn in our students. We don't want them to memorize random facts, regurgitate them for a standardized test, and promptly forget them as they study the next chapter. We know that children grow into adults, and we want them to be useful adults, capable of independent thought, capable of caring, capable -- and willing -- to make the world a better place than they found it. What is a Montessori School Instructor? A Montessori instructor is the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.  "The social and natural sciences in Montessori elementary are presented with a specific goal in mind: to set each child out on a lifelong search for meaning."  Montessori...
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The Benefits of a Montessori Curriculum for Your Child

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It’s never too early to start thinking about what kind of education you want for your child, and right now there are more options than ever, including a plethora of public schools, private schools, as well as specific-curriculum designed programs. The Montessori curriculum, however, has been around for many years and is gaining more attention.   About the Montessori Curriculum The Montessori model was developed in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori. It was designed to provide a unique education for children from low-income families and children with disabilities. The Montessori classrooms teach children at a variety of ages, in blocks that are dedicated to different learning opportunities. Unlike traditional educational methods, the Montessori curriculum allows students to choose their own activities and work with their peers in small groups. Teachers guide the students and assist them as needed, but the education style does not include a grading or testing system....
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Montessori Method Includes

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Teaching Adapting to Students Young children are full of energy, and are constantly on the move. When they reach the age of attending preschool or elementary school, many parents hear comments from educators that children have a hard time sitting still and doing seatwork. While some may be quick to assign a medical label, consider the possibility that the child may just be a kinesthetic learner. A Montessori school can help assess your child's learning style and adapt to it appropriately. There are 4 main types of learning styles. Reader-writers perform the best with traditional teaching methods, as they truly enjoy getting lost in a book or writing a story. Assign them a packet of worksheets and they are truly in their element. Visual learners need images, graphics, maps, charts, and other visual aids to process information. Auditory learners do best when they can hear and speak about what they...
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Montessori Method: Fueling the Natural Desires of Learning

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A desire to bring about a child’s natural yearning to learn more.  Acquiring knowledge should not be intimidating or criticized during the process for a young mind, as every child has the embedded curiosity to expand their thoughts in an error-free environment. This has made the Montessori Method grow exponentially in popularity for the young developing mind.  Brooksfield School proudly incorporates this learning platform. Contact Brooksfield School for any information at all regarding the Montessori Method or any general questions about their programs. Follow the Rhythm of the Child: The Montessori Method Excerpt from Brook’s Field of Dreams, 1996 Your child is like a seed growing into a flower.  The Montessori Method allows the child to grow at his or her own natural pace, and we should therefore try to let go and not be so concerned with instant results by digging out that “seed” to check on its daily...
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Summer Fun at Summer Camp

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If your child is too young to work, then chances are that he or she has grown bored with the typical routine of a summer break. Introducing them to summer camp benefits you and them. For many parents, sending their children to camp is an inevitable part of family life. Summer camps for elementary school students are a great way to get children to go outside and be active instead of sitting in front of the TV all summer. Sending children away to camp gives parents a much-needed break, too. Finding the right summer camp for elementary or middle-school age children may take a little work, but the benefits to your child are indisputable. Many summer camps for elementary school students place an emphasis on the arts, with music and theatre programs and arts and crafts. Studies have shown that creating and viewing art positively impacts a child's emotional, social,...
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Search the Montessori Method/Search its Highlights

Search the Montessori Method/Search its Highlights
*Private school is more generalized, than the exact teaching method described in these articles below: The Montessori Method.       To truly appreciate the Montessori Method, let’s get you sold on private schooling first. Why Private School? Why Montessori?     No matter what age your child is, it's never too late to put them in private school. With exposure to premium education with professional staff and activities to fill up your child's day, private schools can give your child what other schools can't. If you're still on the fence about whether your child should attend private school, we've compiled a list of what you can expect from privatized education and the continual benefits it will offer you and your child. Being Held to a Higher Standard     Every parents want the best for your child and so does their school. Private schools hold their students to a higher academic standard that will show...
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Clearing The Air About The Montessori Method

Clearing The Air About The Montessori Method
  Although the Montessori Method has been freely used for years in education circles, this term is not a patented trademark. This has led to its use, on occasion, by schools that do not actually practice traditional Montessori principles. From this misuse, misconceptions have arisen related to this educational approach. As parents explore schools for their children, it is important to recognize whether or not true Montessori Method is being used. As the support system for the teacher-child relationship, parents should understand the philosophy guiding their child's education. Avoid confusion and conflict by clearing away the fog of these 10 common misconceptions. 1. Only Preschool: Although there may be more Montessori schools dedicated to preschool years, programs exist for elementary and middle school age children as well. 2. Only For The Gifted: The Montessori method is perfectly suited for creating a learning environment where students of all abilities can flourish....
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Helping Children Transition Better Through Life With Montessori

Helping Children Transition Better Through Life With Montessori
  We all go through various stages as a child, some of us with more success than others. Unfortunately, many education facilities are ill-prepared to help a child mature through these stages. For many of us in the past it was all a part of growing up, though a part we didn't feel comfortable discussing. Sadly, it is safe to say that going through these stages improperly can derail a life. However, Montessori education methods provide a unique chance for your child to go through these periods unscathed emotionally. It creates an emotionally comforting and relaxing environment which can be used as a springboard for improved transitioning and a stronger sense of self later in life. Children Go Through Transitional Periods As children age, they go through several transition periods. These periods are typically tied to their intellectual and physical development. When they are infants, they are reliant entirely on...
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