This is the first of a four-part series. We hope that it will be of value to our Montessori community of readers.

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One day, when my son was two years old, he suddenly announced that he didn’t eat meat anymore. “I’ll eat it again when I’m a man.” My husband and I were pretty shocked, but thought it was just a phase he was going through and pretty much laughed it off. After all, we weren't vegetarians and toddlers explore and exert their independence through the things they can control, like choosing which foods to eat. As a Montessori mom, I decided to follow my child, and to carefully observe as he made this choice.

Almost overnight, his once wide range of tastes became very narrow. He cut off most food with the exception of foods with sharp, pungent tastes (extra sharp Cheddar and Parmesan cheese, natural peanut butter, and ketchup) and crunchy textures (bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, grapes, romaine lettuce hearts). We thought he was experiencing the “picky eater” stage and would soon outgrow it and become the grazing omnivore once more.

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Earth Day Montessori Practical Life Activity: Solar Cooked Stuffed Apples

Earth Day is a favorite holiday in Montessori classrooms, and to mark the occasion, one of our recent Montessori teacher training program g...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 Continue Reading this Article
Montessori Math Materials and Curriculum for all Age Groups

The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics. ~Plato Maria Montessori believed that human intelligence is no longer based on natura...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Continue Reading this Article
Montessori Elementary: Developing Independence, Movement, and Motor Skills

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe A few years ago, I received my cer...

Thursday, April 08, 2010 Continue Reading this Article
Montessori Preschool: Developing Independence, Movement, and Motor Skills

My son turns 14 this month. As a Montessori mom and educator, with each passing year I am reminded of the stages of development he’s gone ...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 Continue Reading this Article

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