Infant LTC

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Infant LTC

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Read the article Montessori at Home from Birth to Three: Why and How? by Zahra Kassam found on pages 28-29 in Tomorrow's Child.

Complete the discussion and share any insights or questions you may have had while reading. Once other parents have had an opportunity to respond, reply to at least two posts to continue the discussion. 

  • DISCUSSION: Montessori materials are very intentional and purposeful. In the classroom, everything has a purpose though it is sometimes hard to see. What lessons have you seen or heard of in the Infant community that have made you wonder: why? 
    We'll respond to your questions and give you some insight here!
     
  • CHALLENGE: We often remind parents that your home does not need to look like a classroom because Montessori is an educational approach to learning. With that said, there are many 'toys' that you can add to your home to support the Montessori philosophy. Rather than the website listed (a subscription service) we direct parents to For Small Hands catalog and website to purchase materials for your home. Take a second and peruse the materials suggested for children ages birth to three. Your challenge is to create a wishlist, share the link in your response below and even share it with grandparents, aunts and uncles. 
    How nice would it be if family members actually knew what to gift your little one for birthdays and holidays instead of buying the typical toys found in stores! 
    Visit ForSmallHands.com

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Toddler LTC

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Toddler LTC

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Read the article Help Me, Gammie. by Margot Garfield-Anderson found on page 32 of Tomorrow's Child.

Answer the discussion questions below and share any insights or questions you may have had while reading. Once other parents have had an opportunity to respond, reply to at least two posts to continue the discussion. 

DISCUSSION:

  1. What actions do you find yourself doing "for them?" (Think: socks, shoes, diapers, climbing stairs, eating, even reading a book!) 
  2. Why? Are you in a hurry? Worried that they will hurt themselves? Not sure if they are capable? Try to diagnose why you're solving your child's challenges.
  3. Do you have any tips that help you slow down and/or step back?
     

CHALLENGE: Over the next few days, find a time to let your child do it all by themselves and take a mental note of both yours and your child's emotions or expressions after they've completed the task. Did you feel proud? Surprised? Stressed? Anxious? 

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Primary LTC

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Primary LTC

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Read the article First Day Transitions by Esther Ripley found on pages 7-9 in Tomorrow's Child. 

Answer the discussion questions below and share any insights or questions you may have had while reading. Once other parents have had an opportunity to respond, reply to at least two posts to continue the discussion.

  1. Did any of the examples resonate with you?
  2. What do you worry about when sending your child to school?
  3. Do you wonder what ANH recommends or practices?

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Lower Elementary LTC

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Lower Elementary LTC

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Read Oh No, You Didn't Say That! by Michael Dorer, found on pages 10-12 in the Tomorrow's Child magazine.

Answer the discussion questions below and share any insights or questions you may have had while reading. Once other parents have had an opportunity to respond, reply to at least two posts to continue the discussion.

  1. This article did not directly state how these examples translate into your homes but they do! Choose three of the seven sections and give examples of how you could use these in home situations.
     
  2. Think about the weekly goal setting sheets that come home and the conversations that happen regarding this sheet. How can you rephrase your sentences to encourage intrinsic motivation? Think of ways to redirect our conversations to ensure your child is learning because they love to learn, rather than working because we adults want them to.

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Upper Elementary LTC

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Upper Elementary LTC

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Read the article Introducing the New Adult, Montessori's Vital Vision for the Adolescent by Jocelyn Bell Swanson found on pages 16-17 of Tomorrow's Child.

Answer the questions below and share any insights or questions you had while reading. After more parents have the opportunity to answer the questions, revisit the post and respond to at least two other posts within the discussion.

  1. Which two gateways resonate with you most?
     
  2. What two do you see as being important to your child?
     
  3. How could you help create an environment to help them through this gateway?

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Trouble Shooting Questions

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Trouble Shooting Questions

This is our first attempt at an online Link to the Classroom. If you have a 'how to' question, post it here and we will all help each other out! 
 

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