Meet Ananda Montessori

Meet Ananda Montessori

Join us today for a sneak peak into a day at Ananda Montessori, a Montessori Playgroup in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Pamela Green has blended her extensive experience in Montessori and childbirth to create classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents.

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Is it practice, or is it a goal?

Is it practice, or is it a goal?

Children need lots of time to practice individual skills before they can be successful at meeting a goal on their own. We take a lot of these skills for granted as adults, and it's easy to forget that young children need to practice skills before they are ready to take on a larger goal.  But what's the difference between practice and goals? 

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The Importance of Life Skills

The Importance of Life Skills

In Montessori, we use life skills (practical life) to build functional and mental independence, confidence, and responsibility.  These “soft skills” aren’t a joke or fluff. They are absolutely necessary for becoming a responsible adult who can take care of herself and others.  Here's how you can do this at home: 

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Raising Strong Girls and Compassionate Boys

Raising Strong Girls and Compassionate Boys

We start assigning gender roles to children before they are even born, so it takes a conscious effort to challenge and change them.  But where to begin? 

Today I interview Rikki, a mom who works to empower women everyday.   Here's what she has to say about building strength, resolve, and self-confidence for your daughter and encouraging compassion, sensitivity, and humility for your son.

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A more mindful approach to toilet learning and body shame

A more mindful approach to toilet learning and body shame

One of the first steps in becoming a more mindful parent is simply becoming aware of your choices. Today I want to shed light on a more mindful approach to a daily occurrence: the diaper change.  But first, I need you to play a little game with me:

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Creating a Culture of Service with your Children

Creating a Culture of Service with your Children

There's plenty you can do to encourage empathy and build connection to people outside you immediate family or group.  Here's five ideas to get you started!  

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7 Ways to Bring More Diversity Into Your Child's Life 

7 Ways to Bring More Diversity Into Your Child's Life 

Diversity helps expand your child's sense of awareness, comfort zone, and imagination. Check out these seven ideas to bring diversity of lifestyle, race, religion, opinion, taste, and experience into your child's life.

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