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Insights on the Montessori method and Early Childhood Education from Dr. Kathy Roemer

Words are Important

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We use our words to express our feelings, our needs and to converse with others. The words we say to young children are extremely important.  Before birth, infants are hearing and learning words that the immediate family is speaking. Within the first few months of life, children decipher the sounds that belong to the language of their birth. A baby can learn any language that is spoken to him/her from birth, it is the language spoken most that becomes most important.

This New York Times article titled, “Quality of Words, Not Quantity“, Dr. Hirsh-Pasek says that it is not just shoving words in it is about having fluid conversations around shared rituals and objects, like a pretend tea party or using a banana as a phone.

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Children and Nature

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Several years ago at an American Montessori Society conference, I had the pleasure to hear Richard Louv talk about children and the importance of having nature be a part of their lives. Richard has written several books that I highly recommend parents read. Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder has become a mainstay in Montessori education.

Direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. We city dwellers have to think and plan to incorporate nature into children’s schedules. We are fortunate to have many natural parks in and around NYC to take advantage of. We can’t just send our children out to play, we have to accompany them. What a benefit since being in nature is good for all! And what better time than when the leaves are beginning to change in the autumn?

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