Parenting presents numerous challenges, growing in complexity as children age. These parenting resources provide guidance for dilemmas you may be facing. Several articles are from Montessori Life which is the American Montessori Society’s parent magazine.  The guides on independence are original documents from TMA.

In the Montessori Classroom

Early Childhood Knobbed Puzzles
Early Childhood – Knobbed Puzzles

The Knobbed Puzzles, like many Montessori materials, have layers of engagement. From a child’s first experience of manipulating the knobbed pieces, to practicing literacy by reading labels, the knobbed puzzles are a well-loved material in the Montessori classroom.

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Early Childhood Cosmic Nesting Boxes
Early Childhood – Comparison

The Cosmic Nesting Boxes are an important material for Montessori Cosmic Education. The purpose of this material is to teach children how a place exists within a larger place.

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Independence Guides

Montessori Life

Separation: The Beginning of Letting Go

Your child needs your support and encouragement to learn to separate. When she took her first steps, you held out your arms, smiling and urging her to walk toward you. If he fell, you encouraged him to get back up and try again. The same is true with separating!


Bringing Montessori

The gifts we can give our children are adequate time, an economy of age-appropriate and well-communicated expectations, and trust in their innate capabilities, which are the same principles that support Montessori’s educational philosophy!


Starting Each Day: Tips to Get out the Door On Time

It’s possible to make the morning routine a team effort, rather than a competition with parents doing all the heavy lifting. The keys are to be prepared, give yourself plenty of time, and allow your children to be independent.


Your Smartphone or Your Life

The device’s ubiquitous presence at the dinner table, on the nature walk, and during drive time and downtime signals to sons and daughters that they must compete with these inanimate objects for their parents’ attention or simply resign themselves to the shared attention.


Talking Respectfully to Your Children

We often jump to conclusions and step in without taking into account what our child might be doing, thinking, or feeling. Put down the phone, turn off the television, watch, and look into your child’s eyes when you speak.


Creating Emotional Safety: Tantrums & Crying

We don’t need to control children; we need to control our own feelings and our own behavior. Our job is to guide them, to be with them, and to support and enable them to feel safe while they release what they need to release.