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Success Stories

Where the Family Goes, the Montessori Learning Will Follow

Published on May 6th

How Guidepost is empowering families on the go with flexible, impactful schooling options.

Learning and Development

Research and Beyond: The Science of Montessori

Published on Feb 12th, 2020

What does Montessori-relevant research say? Can it help inform your choice for your child's education? Learn more with Matt Bateman, Ph.D.

Learning and Development

Elementary Spotlight: Economic Geography

Published on Oct 22nd, 2019

An enticing box full of tiny stamps and several ink pads of different shades are a staple on the geography shelf of any Montessori elementary classroom.

Learning and Development

How to Help the 'After-school Crash'

Published on Oct 17th, 2019

We're eager to catch up with our children after an exciting school day, but acknowledge that the child needs to decompress, recharge, and take a deep breath, too.

News

The Pandemic, Children, and Schools: A Discussion with Dr. Amesh Adalja

Published on May 20th, 2020

Dr. Amesh Adalja joins us for an informative discussion of the effects of Covid-19 as it relates to children and schools.

Learning and Development

Elementary Series: On Group Lessons

Published on Feb 5th, 2019

Small, interactive group work provides an exceptional learning experience for Montessori students.

At-home Montessori

Seven Strategies for Balancing Work and School at Home

Published on Aug 7th, 2020

Here are seven simple practices for making this challenging time more manageable for parents and children

News

Raising Digitally Resilient Children

Published on Jul 16th, 2020

Join us in a conversation about safe, ethical, and conscious digital use in our connected world. How can parents help support their elementary children in using technology responsibly and setting limits collaboratively?

Learning and Development

Elementary: Navigating the News and Sensitive Issues

Published on Jun 11th, 2020

With civil unrest permeating the news cycle, and the national conversation swirling around discrimination, brutality, and race, your elementary child is bound to have questions, even if they are not voiced.

Learning and Development

How Manners of Speaking can Limit Growth

Published on Jul 12th, 2019

Among adults, we don't clarify our thoughts or words as much as we could, but what about with our children? If there’s any lesson to be learned from Montessori, it is that we should speak plainly and say what we mean.

Learning and Development

Motivation and Your Elementary Child

Published on Apr 22nd, 2020

Motivation is complex! Learn some keys that Montessori elementary guides use that can support learning at home with your elementary child.

Learning and Development

What to do About Everyday Transitional Moments

Published on Nov 29th, 2018

Teachers are constantly working on improving moments of transition in the classroom: From parent drop-off to learning time, from lunch to play time, from play time to nap time.

Learning and Development

When Not to Help your Child

Published on Dec 5th, 2019

Your child is capable of doing so many things for themselves. Of course, as a parent, you want to help your child when they are struggling or frustrated.

Montessori Basics

Independence Through the Years

Published on May 17th, 2018

One of the most important tasks for a Montessori guide is to foster independence in her students. This crucial skill is taught to children in every community, from Nido to Elementary.

Learning and Development

Take it Step by Step

Published on Feb 18th, 2019

While it's great to follow your child's curiosity, there is also a way we can help them focus amidst all of the distractions: Provide clear, logical steps to complete a task.

Learning and Development

Your Quarantined Kid is Growing in Amazing Ways (That You May Have to Squint to See)

Published on Apr 22nd, 2020

Do you want your elementary children to be resourceful and resilient? Join Lenore Skenazy from Free-Range Kids and Let Grow's Tracy Tomasso to learn more about how to foster these qualities through opportunities for independence.

Learning and Development

Montessori: A Practical Approach to Toddler Development

Published on Mar 20th, 2020

What is practical life for toddlers? Find out more and how to support your toddler's development at home!

Learning and Development

Are Manners Still Important?

Published on Dec 4th, 2019

Over 100 years ago, Maria Montessori began teaching manners to children as a part of her classroom curriculum. She called them lessons in grace and courtesy.

Learning and Development

How to Help the Child Extend Genuine Appreciation for Life Around Them

Published on Oct 4th, 2019

When we allow the child to act on his own, he greets the task with a kind of appreciation that only extends his enchantment with every encounter life brings. How can we nurture this authenticity in the child?

Montessori Basics

Learn About the Great Stories in Elementary Curriculum

Published on Dec 20th, 2019

Maria Montessori deeply understood the great power of storytelling across cultures when devising her method for the elementary child.

Learning and Development

Why Montessori? Persuasive Speech

Published on Apr 4th, 2019

A Hollywood Beach guide shares her experience with her own children, and why Montessori was right for her family.

News

Q&A with Head of School in Vienna: 'Montessori is appealing to Austrians and expats!'

Published on Mar 1st, 2019

Katherine Price Beuchert sat down with Vienna Region, an organization based in Austria that supports international businesses, to discuss expats in Vienna.

Montessori Basics

Why Montessori? And What Makes Guidepost Unique

Published on Apr 17th, 2019

Guidepost Montessori offers your child an exceptionally personalized learning experience, meeting your child where they are, and guiding them to where they want to be.

News

Meet our new Head of School at Williamsburg, Stephanie Jimenez

Published on Nov 6th, 2019

Ms. Jimenez is an experienced educator and a Montessori parent who grew up in New York.

Learning and Development

Elementary Series: The Peace Table as a Means of Conflict Resolution

Published on Nov 11th, 2019

Guest columnist Ms. Castillo, an Upper Elementary Lead Guide at Hollywood Beach, offers insight on welcoming conflict and teaching children the skills needed to resolve it independently.

Learning and Development

Meltdowns, Tantrums and Whining, Oh My!

Published on Aug 3rd, 2020

Spending more time with children at home and in need of new strategies for responding to emotional outbursts? This upcoming informative webinar will offer insight and tips to support you in supporting your young child's big feelings.

Learning and Development

Addressing Temper Tantrums: Part 2 of 2

Published on Nov 20th, 2020

If you're trying to figure out how to avoid temper tantrums, we'd love to help! Though the occasional meltdown during early childhood is inevitable, you can understand what causes tantrums, learn how to prevent them, and how to deal with them.

Learning and Development

Getting Their Attention: Ideas for Helping Kids Focus

Published on Jun 18th, 2020

The inability to fully focus and engage can really interfere with a child's ability to learn, finish tasks, stay on schedule, and develop social skills. What are some steps you can take and support you can seek?

Learning and Development

How do you Feel About Discipline?

Published on Jun 12th, 2019

As you start to explore early education options for your child, it's important to understand how discipline is handled and how the school's philosophy of discipline may or may not align with yours.

Learning and Development

The 2018 Speaker Series: Meet Michelle Becka

Published on Apr 18th, 2018

We're thrilled to have Michelle Becka as guest speaker for our third Speaker Series event. Her talk titled 'Nurturing Your Child's Growth Mindset,' will explore the development of positive mental habits and self-conceptions in children.

Montessori Basics

How Montessori Differs from Daycare

Published on Apr 29th

Weighing up child care options? Learn about the differences between Montessori schools and daycare centers, so that you can select the best arrangement for your family.

Montessori Basics

What Makes a Montessori Classroom Different?

Published on Apr 22nd

Any school can market itself as Montessori — here are five signs to look for in an authentic Montessori classroom.

News

Just Launched: Summer Camp 2021 for Elementary Students

Published on Apr 15th

Guidepost Montessori opens its doors to elementary students who want their summers packed full of fun, self-directed learning activities.

News

Guidepost Montessori and the Academy of Thought and Industry Earn Cognia System Accreditation

Published on Apr 12th

Both school systems — and their domestic and international locations — now meet Cognia Standards of Quality, and commit to continuous improvement

At-home Montessori

Finding Middle Ground, and Some Resources to Help You Get There

Published on Apr 20th, 2020

Carolyn Burns, Head of School at Guidepost Montessori North Scottsdale, shares advice and resources on navigating parenting, educating and working during closures.

Montessori Basics

Gifts for Your Toddler or Preschooler

Published on Nov 20th, 2020

You might not want a pair of oven mitts for Christmas, but your toddler or preschooler probably does! Get a little insight into Montessori-style gifts that your toddler or preschooler will love.

Learning and Development

How to Bridge Discipline from School to Home with Lead Guide Brittany Brady

Published on Oct 20th, 2020

Brittany Brady, Lead Guide for the Toddler Community at Guidepost Montessori at Gambrills, offers concrete tips for how parents can bridge discipline from school to home.

Montessori Basics

The 2018 Speaker Series: Meet Michael Strong

Published on May 17th, 2018

We sit down with Michael Strong, Head of School and Founder of the Academy of Thought and Industry, to discuss his talk, "Montessori and the Entrepreneurial Mindset," plus ask some rapid-fire ice-breakers.

Learning and Development

Collaboration Is a Hallmark of the Elementary Montessori Classroom

Published on Jan 2nd, 2020

In the first six years of life, the child is focused on himself. He is aware of others, but they are not the center of his attention. All that gives way at age 6, when the child develops a fully formed social personality that craves interaction.

Learning and Development

The 2018 Speaker Series: Meet Margaret Whitley

Published on Nov 6th, 2018

We sit down with Montessori expert Margaret Whitley about her upcoming talk and some rapid-fire ice-breakers.

Montessori Basics

Montessori and the Work Environment

Published on Nov 11th, 2019

One of the ways to make Montessori concepts more familiar is to place them in a modern workplace setting.

At-home Montessori

Montessori at Home: Practical Life

Published on Jun 5th, 2020

What is working well for your family right now? Guidepost parents come together in parent community to share ideas.

Montessori Basics

A Snapshot of the Elementary Classroom

Published on Nov 11th

In a Montessori elementary classroom, there is a hum of activity and collaboration. Learn about group lessons, going out, cooking activities and more from this engaged community of learners.

At-home Montessori

Q&A With Joel Mendes: The Prepared Environment at Home

Published on May 6th, 2020

One of the most popular questions parents have is how to prepare their children's home spaces using Montessori's principles of a Prepared Environment. Joel Mendes of the Prepared Montessorian shares his tips!

Learning and Development

The 2018 Speaker Series: Meet Jeanne-Marie Paynel

Published on Mar 2nd, 2018

We sit down with Jeanne-Marie Paynel, Founder of Voila Montessori, to discuss her upcoming talk and ask some rapid-fire ice-breakers.

Montessori Basics

Why 'Guide' not Teacher?

Published on Nov 10th, 2019

Montessori educators use a lot of specific language. It can seem like you're learning an entirely new dialect when taking a tour of a classroom for the first time!

Learning and Development

How to Prepare for Preschool

Published on Oct 4th, 2019

Starting preschool can be an exciting time, filled with anxiety and questions, especially for parents. Here's four tips to help you prepare your child to start preschool and alleviate any lingering concerns that you might still have.

Learning and Development

Q&A with Montessori teacher and Author Simone Davies: 'Children are so capable'

Published on Jun 12th, 2019

Amid travel for her new book, 'The Montessori Toddler,' Simone shares with us insight and inspiration on bringing Montessori into the home and into your parenthood journey.

Learning and Development

Limits and Boundaries for Working at Home With Your Child

Published on Jun 24th, 2020

Enforcing a week-day routine that is distinguishable from a weekend routine is essential, but Montessori parent Jenna Wawrzyniec realized that sticking to a new routine could only be successful if she identified the limits and boundaries that bring consistency to routine.

3 (Stress-Free) Tips for Starting Montessori at Home

Published on Mar 20th, 2020

In light of the coronavirus, schools have moved to closures. Many of us are abruptly feeling a spotlight placed on our homes and routines. How can we support our children at home, and where do we begin with implementing Montessori?

Montessori at Home: A Video Series

Published on May 20th, 2020

Has your family begun to implement the Family Framework at home? We are sharing some ideas from parents about how this can look in your home with DIY Montessori materials to workspace tours.

Montessori Basics

Staying the Cycle: The Importance of the Mixed-Age Classroom

Published on Nov 12th, 2019

Continuing your child's Montessori experience through elementary ensures coalescing of skills in reading, writing, and presentation.

Montessori Basics

Montessori and Movement

Published on Jun 17th, 2019

Montessori started a movement in education by thinking about movement differently.

Learning and Development

A Montessori Framework for Discipline

Published on Sep 4th, 2020

Promoting discipline is a longer journey, and the ways we respond to and support it must evolve to reflect our children’s growth.

Learning and Development

Building Confidence Through Play With Jennie Monness

Published on Jun 12th, 2020

Join us for a free webinar with Jennie Monness, co-founder of Union Square Play and creator of the Mo' Mommies blog, on how to build confidence in your child through play.

Learning and Development

Q&A With Lisa Kathleen: What To Look For in a Virtual Learning Program

Published on May 6th, 2020

A Q&A with Lisa Kathleen, AMI-trained Educator, Parent Coach and manager with Higher Ground Education’s Prepared Montessorian Team

Learning and Development

A Look at Discipline the Montessori Way

Published on Nov 11th, 2019

At Brushy Creek, our dedicated educators stay calm and non-reactive when communicating a learning opportunity with students.

Learning and Development

Re-imagining Discipline: The Montessori Way

Published on Sep 25th, 2019

The Montessori perspective on discipline is quite different from the typical, punitive understanding of the word. Learn to help your child develop inner discipline, and start by understanding the Montessori approach.

Learning and Development

The Role of Movement in Virtual Learning

Published on Oct 6th, 2020

How do we as parents know what successful engagement looks like with respect to a virtual school?

Learning and Development

Elementary Series: On the Great Stories

Published on May 8th, 2020

Learn about a collection of stories that are presented in the beginning of the school year in elementary classrooms.

News

Q&A with Sam Sharp: What is Our New "School Norm?"

Published on Apr 6th, 2020

What will school look like when we are ready to return, both in terms of what the child will experience – and then secondly, the parent experience?

At-home Montessori

Elementary: Calling a Truce With Tech

Published on May 8th, 2020

Technology is a helpful tool, but screen time should be limited and purposeful. Need help setting reasonable guidelines around technology for your elementary child?

Learning and Development

"Normal" in a Montessori Classroom

Published on Sep 12th, 2019

Normalization is one of those Montessori terms that doesn't have an obvious meaning.

At-home Montessori

How To Implement Practical Life at Home

Published on Nov 21st, 2019

The Practical Life area is a cornerstone that not only defines a Montessori classroom, it fulfills the child’s inner plea of “Help me to do it myself!”

Learning and Development

Try These Age-Appropriate Chores

Published on Nov 6th, 2019

Children from a young age are willing and able to help with household chores. Our cultural norms may tell us otherwise, but with the tips below, your child can be helping with chores appropriate to their age and ability level in no time!

Learning and Development

Tips To Ease Separation Anxiety

Published on Nov 10th, 2019

Separation anxiety can be troublesome for both the parent and the child, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Parents deserve to trust our children are in the right place, so before you approach mornings in fear, start here.

Montessori Basics

The Earlier the Better—Why Early Education is Important

Published on Sep 8th, 2020

Making decisions about your child’s early education and care can be challenging. Now face the decision of whether or not to go back to work, stay at home, enroll their infant in daycare, hire a nanny...it’s a big decision!

Montessori Basics

What Is the Role of an Assistant Guide?

Published on Dec 28th, 2019

Assistant Guide Ms. Dare introduces her responsibilities in the Montessori Children's House classroom.

News

"I Don't Want to Go to School"

Published on Oct 4th, 2019

We've heard it before, and we'll hear it again. In fact, we sometimes may even think it ourselves in the form of, "I don't want to go to work!"

Learning and Development

Understanding Temper Tantrums: Part 1 of 2

Published on Nov 30th

Ask anyone, parent or not, whether they know what a “temper tantrum” is, or what the “terrible twos” are, and you can bet that they have no trouble picturing a toddler meltdown at a playground, a grocery store, or an airport.

At-home Montessori

Q&A With Berenice Saint-Saens: Helping Your Toddler Thrive at Home

Published on May 8th, 2020

Many parents know Berenice from her time teaching in toddler communities, doing parent consultations with Monti Kids, and online from co-running the Montessori Toddler Facebook community. Now, she's helping families implement Montessori at home!

Learning and Development

Movement as Part of Education: How Physical Activity Aids Learning

Published on Oct 4th, 2019

When a child is engaged in physical activity, there is liberation: this everlasting introduction of child to the earth, and it proves how significantly physical movement aids learning. How connected is the body to the mind in your child's life?

At-home Montessori

Learning at Home: How To Find Your Family’s Daily Flow

Published on Apr 24th, 2020

Need some support in implementing learning at home for your elementary child? Join us for tips and resources to improve the experience for the whole family.

Learning and Development

How To Help Your Child Learn Patience

Published on Nov 8th, 2019

So much of the learning your child does before age 6, or formal school age, is learning how to interact with other humans. Patience is an important skill.

Montessori Basics

Positive Rephrasing Builds Confidence in the Child

Published on Nov 10th, 2019

Choosing positive phrasing means your words are optimistic: You choose to focus on what you can do as opposed to what you can't. You declare what is possible, not what isn't, and it makes a difference in how your child hears you.

Learning and Development

How To Set Limits: Advice from Montessori Lead Guide Krys Swayne

Published on Oct 19th, 2020

Krys Swayne, a.k.a. Ms. Krys, the Lead Guide at Guidepost Montessori Craig Ranch, shares her best tips for setting respectful limits and boundaries at home

At-home Montessori

Gifts for Your Elementary Child

Published on Nov 10th, 2019

Here are some gift ideas that tap into what's special about the elementary child.

Learning and Development

Enchantment and Social-Emotional Learning in Times of Strife: A Conversation With Chloé Valdary

Published on Jun 4th, 2020

Join us for a free webinar with Chloe Valdary, developer of The Theory of Enchantment, where we will discuss the Social-Emotional development of children and the role of educators in helping them develop healthy, happy relationships with themselves and others, and reach their maximum potential.

Montessori Basics

5 Questions To Ask Your Preschool

Published on Nov 8th, 2019

Finding the right preschool can be difficult. Try asking these five questions to get a better understanding of a school's philosophy and values when you take your first tour.

At-home Montessori

The End Goal of Raising Resilient, Independent Children

Published on Sep 30th, 2020

A parent perspective on the role that meaningful connection has in fostering independence.

Learning and Development

Positive Discipline with Whole.Child.Home

Published on Oct 19th, 2020

Hear from Blanca M. Velázquez-Martin, via @whole.child.home, about how she uses Positive Discipline with her toddler at home. Rally her expertise as a Licensed Professional Counselor

Learning and Development

Three Phrases To Empower Your Child

Published on Jun 24th, 2020

Children seek independence from a very young age. How can we, as parents, guardians or educators, aid them in their quest to "do it by themselves?"

Success Stories

Back to School: Coming Together in New Ways

Published on Aug 24th, 2020

Fall 2020 has been full of challenges for families to navigate, but there's also a lot of resilience and growth to be found from change. Hear from a few of our own parents on how they've adapted for this school year

Learning and Development

Supporting Elementary at Home: How To Engage in Your Child’s Learning

Published on Nov 11th, 2019

Support your child outside of school by incorporating learning in the work of the home and family.

Learning and Development

How the Absorbent Mind Reflects Capability in the Infant

Published on Oct 4th, 2019

Montessori taught us of the absorbent mind. She helped us to see that a child has a tremendous capacity for processing things that is radically different from the reasoning mind of the adult. How are we nurturing this great achievement?

At-home Montessori

How to Cultivate a Homeschool Space

Published on Aug 24th, 2020

One parent shares her best tips and learnings on how to create and cultivate a home school Montessori space.

Montessori Basics

A Q&A: Lessons on Montessori

Published on Jan 9th, 2020

How do you know if your child is suitable for Montessori? Why does Montessori not have homework? What is your child learning in a Montessori classroom? Learn all about this century-old, child-centered method of education.

Learning and Development

Ring-a-ring a Rosies: The Unsavory Roots of Children’s Rhymes, and Why They Shouldn’t Bother Us

Published on Oct 22nd, 2020

When the words in a children’s rhyme are so lacking in clarity that even the adults argue over their meaning, is it fair of us to withhold them from children?

News

Keeping Schools Open During COVID-19

Published on Jul 20th, 2020

In the face of COVID-19, we continue to serve our families who send their children to Guidepost Schools.

News

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Published on Aug 20th, 2020

We answer your frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

Learning and Development

Stay the Course for Elementary: Montessori is not just for Early Childhood

Published on Jun 17th, 2020

There is a common misconception that Montessori just for early childhood? Today, we dispel this myth and discuss why Montessori can benefit older children.

At-home Montessori

Busy Work vs. Meaningful Work

Published on Jul 29th, 2020

How to distinguish and think about busy work vs. meaningful work while doing Montessori-at-Home with children.

News

How to Think about Covid-19 and Children

Published on May 28th, 2020

In this webinar, we speak with Emily Oster, and Economics professor at Brown who has been studying the data surrounding Covid-19 and children.

At-home Montessori

Montessori at Home: Sensory Work, Practical Life, and Restoring Order

Published on Jun 22nd, 2020

Get Montessori influencer Blanca Velazquez-Martin's top tips for implementing Montessori-at-home. We've rounded up some excerpts from her Instagram page, used with her permission.

At-home Montessori

Family Framework: Creating A Montessori Experience At Home

Published on Apr 3rd, 2020

Getting started with Montessori at home is easier when done in community! That's why our program experts built Family Framework, a Montessori parenting hub designed around connecting our Montessori educators with families and caregivers.

At-home Montessori

Family Framework: Get Started With Activity Planning

Published on May 14th

Learn how to properly plan at-home Montessori activities using the Guidepost Family Framework.

Learning and Development

How to Approach A Disciplined Dinner with Ms. Jennifer

Published on Oct 1st, 2020

What role does discipline have when it comes to teaching healthy eating habits and table manners? A Guidepost Lead Guide shares practical tips below on navigating mealtime struggles.

Montessori Basics

Maria Montessori Quotes

Published on Jul 10th, 2018

A summary of our favorite quotes from Montessori founder Maria Montessori.

At-home Montessori

How to Create an Enticing Reading Environment at Home

Published on Sep 12th, 2019

Read on for tips on how to create a simple, designated reading area in your home that will entice children to read.

Learning and Development

The Importance of Practical Life

Published on Aug 15th, 2019

Maria Montessori once observed that children are happiest when they are engaged in real-life, ordinary activities. They enjoy wiping down tables, sweeping floors or watering the plants at home. These tasks proved to be so important to a child’s development that Montessori added an area of the Montessori classroom devoted to these activities, and she called it Practical Life.

Virtual Montessori

Preparing Your Elementary Child’s Learning Environment: How-To

Published on Apr 22nd, 2020

Learn how to prepare your elementary child's at-home learning environment.

At-home Montessori

Montessori at Home: A Way of Life Outside the Classroom

Published on Jun 23rd, 2020

Meet Guidepost mom Cecille, who hopes to reach other families who are considering keeping their children at home for the time being and let them know that they are not alone in this journey.

Learning and Development

Why is There Always a Child Sweeping in the Montessori Classroom?

Published on Nov 30th, 2020

One writer investigates the importance of practical life activities in the Montessori classroom.

Montessori Basics

What is the Sensorial Area of the Classroom?

Published on Oct 18th, 2019

In this post, we take a deeper look into what is meant by the term "Sensorial" in Montessori.

Virtual Montessori

Q&A with Lisa Kathleen: What to Look for in Elementary Virtual Learning

Published on Mar 20th

An AMI-Montessori Educator answers questions about how elementary children should be learning when education is delivered virtually.

Learning and Development

Excuse me! Lessons on Grace and Courtesy

Published on Feb 4th, 2020

How does the Montessori Method teach the social etiquette and behavior that keeps interactions with family and friends positive?

At-home Montessori

4 Ways to Support Emotional Development At Home

Published on May 21st, 2020

Supporting a child’s emotional development at home is not only about addressing challenging situations and big feelings - it means laying the entire foundation for your child’s awareness, understanding and regulation of their emotions for years to come. Here are 4 important things to remember during this process.

News

COVID-19, Physical Distancing, and Community: How Montessori Balances Children's Developmental Needs

Published on Apr 23rd, 2020

Montessori classrooms stand out in a few ways that allow for today’s heightened focus on health and safety without changing the way our children are naturally drawn to learn.

Montessori Basics

Work Means Play in Montessori

Published on Jul 25th, 2019

Maria Montessori thought that work was play for children. Learn more about her philosophy.

Montessori Basics

What is Higher Ground Education’s Vision of Montessori?

Published on Dec 10th, 2020

Higher Ground CEO Ray Girn and VP of Pedagogy Matt Bateman joined Jonathan Torosian, the host of the New Liberals podcast, to help explain how we think about the core principles of Montessori

At-home Montessori

Approachable Montessori Homeschooling: How One Family Made the Switch Alongside Full-time Work

Published on Mar 30th

Using Guidepost’s Parent-as-Educator program, one mother shares her experience leaping into first-time homeschool.

News

Higher Ground Education Funding COVID-19 Vaccinations for All Staff

Published on Jan 21st

Higher Ground urges state health departments to prioritize teachers and school staff for COVID-19 vaccinations. The company will help subsidize any vaccination costs incurred by its 2,000+ staff members.

Montessori Basics

The Guidepost Glossary of Montessori

Published on Jan 14th

From A to Z, a comprehensive breakdown of all the Montessori terms you need to know

Learning and Development

A Montessori Guide’s Advice for Helping Children Focus During Virtual Learning

Published on Jan 19th

Kyla Chen, a Virtual Lead Guide with Guidepost's Montessori Virtual School, offers advice on how to help your child transition from in-person teaching to virtual instruction.

Learning and Development

Helping Young Children Cope with Death: The Montessori Approach

Published on Jan 21st

We talk to Lead Guide Jennifer Schwartz about how Montessori education can help young children process the loss of a loved one

News

How the Guidepost Partnership Program Supports Montessori Schools with Distance Learning

Published on Jan 29th

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many Montessori schools to close in the spring of 2020. But with the support of Guidepost Montessori’s Partnership Program, many of these schools are now able to facilitate authentic Montessori education online.

Montessori Basics

Approaching Black History Month from a Montessori Perspective

Published on Feb 5th

Lead Guide Kellie Matthews discusses the role and significance of Black History in the Montessori environment

At-home Montessori

Embracing Montessori When No One Else Looks Like You

Published on Feb 11th

Learn more about how India Tate and Raye Thomas — a.k.a. the Montessori Melanin Mamas — took the Montessori plunge, despite feeling underrepresented as women of color

At-home Montessori

How to Choose a Montessori Bed

Published on Feb 18th

In this short guide, we will walk you through what a Montessori bed is and why you might consider choosing one for your young child

Montessori Basics

Montessori Parenting Mantras to Inspire Resilience and Growth

Published on Feb 25th

Montessori parent Jenna Wawrzyniec shares the top three parenting mantras that helped her build resilience over the past year.

Montessori Basics

What's the Point of Montessori, Really?

Published on Mar 7th

It’s not about buying wooden toys or withholding praise — it’s about loving the adult your child is destined to become.

News

Guidepost Montessori Launches Nanny Shares, Home Learning Pods Nationwide

Published on Jul 10th, 2020

Guidepost Montessori is offering families across the country new childcare and education solutions with the national expansion of Guidepost at Home, a service that places vetted and trained Montessori nannies and educators in the homes of families searching for an alternative to brick-and-mortar daycares and schools for fall 2020.

Learning and Development

Spotlight on Grammar Boxes

Published on Feb 18th, 2020

Grammar Boxes take up a lot of real estate on the language shelves of a Montessori elementary classroom. In this post, we'll explain what they are.

Learning and Development

Montessori Material Spotlight: Sandpaper Numerals

Published on Feb 13th, 2020

Sandpaper Numerals help a child develop his understanding of the symbols of the numbers 0 through 9.

Learning and Development

How To Avoid Punishment And What To Do Instead with Ms. Bridgette

Published on Sep 3rd, 2020

Ms. Bridgette, Lead Guide and certified trainer in Positive Discipline offers concrete solutions for how parents can navigate challenging behaviors and emotions.

Virtual Montessori

Guidepost Montessori Elementary Distance Learning Approach

Published on Jun 30th, 2020

Join us to learn about the principles behind our Montessori approach and the details of how we bring it to life.

Learning and Development

How to be a Montessori Parent

Published on Sep 26th, 2019

Our teachers within our Guidepost Montessori schools share how you can implement elements of the Montessori philosophy into your parenting.

At-home Montessori

11 Math and Language Activities to do at Home During the Covid-19 Quarantine

Published on Jun 18th, 2020

Guidepost Montessori has developed a bank of Montessori-inspired activities to help parents meet their children’s developmental and educational needs while at home.

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Addressing the Problem of Racism

Published on Jun 1st, 2020

As Montessori educators, we must identify how are we called upon to serve children and families in the context of the broader cultural awareness and urgency of the pervasive and destructive harm caused by racism.

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What Will It Take to Reopen Schools?

Published on Mar 9th

A panel discussion on the controversial — but critical — prospect of getting schools open again, featuring bestselling author Emily Oster, infectious disease specialist Amesh Adalja, and Higher Ground Education CEO Ray Girn.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Prevention, and How to Discuss With Your Child

Published on May 14th, 2020

In this article, we want to share three important topics concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19): symptoms, prevention, and how to discuss the illness with your child.

Montessori Basics

What Makes Us Different — Why The Montessori Method Is Unique

Published on Apr 11th, 2019

Understand how the Montessori Method brings a knowledge-rich, child-centered approach to education.

Learning and Development

Montessori Material Spotlight: Number Rods

Published on May 9th, 2019

Montessori learning environments take a unique approach to teaching math: The carefully designed math materials take an abstract concept, such as “length,” and make it into concrete materials that children can hold in their hands. The Number Rods help a child begin his understanding of the numbers 1 through 10.

Montessori Basics

Multi-Age Classrooms—A Hallmark of Montessori

Published on Jun 13th, 2019

The multi-age classroom is fundamental to the Montessori method. But why is that and what are the benefits?

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2020 Guidepost Montessori Webinar Series

Published on Mar 4th, 2020

Guidepost Montessori hosts a series of free webinars on Montessori, child development, relevant research, and parenting topics.

Learning and Development

Montessori Material Spotlight: The Binomial and Trinomial Cubes

Published on Nov 21st, 2019

Two of Montessori's sensorial materials, the binomial and trinomial cubes, visually introduce the child to the concept of cubes of binomials and trinomials, while providing a fun challenge.

Learning and Development

Discipline: Four Tips from the Montessori Perspective

Published on Jan 6th, 2018

Helping a child to develop inner discipline is an art and a science. To showcase this approach in action, here are four tips that illustrate different aspects of helping a child develop inner discipline.

Learning and Development

Teaching Reading and Writing with Montessori

Published on Nov 7th, 2019

The Montessori curriculum is thoughtfully built around teaching children the many elements of reading and writing one by one, in an accessible and enjoyable way.

Learning and Development

The Importance of Practical Life Activities Within the Montessori Method

Published on Nov 1st, 2019

Learn how practical life activities in Montessori provide scope and sequence for everyday routines and practices.

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Guidepost Strong: How Our Texas Schools Built Community Through Historic Storm

Published on Mar 12th

How Guidepost campuses transformed into community hubs to support hundreds of staff and families through a historic winter storm that hit Texas in February 2021.

At-home Montessori

How Montessori at Home Improved the Lives of an Innovative English Family

Published on Mar 18th

The Montessori Method helped Florence Taylor connect with her son and become a better adult, regardless of how childishly others reacted to her parenting techniques.

Our Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori approach to human development is based on the belief in the potential of the child, and on the belief that it is only the child who can realize this potential. To grow up well is to grow up to be increasingly independent—to be increasingly capable, increasingly confident, increasingly secure.

Giving children the keys to life

Guidepost Montessori enables children to understand the world and choose their place within it.

With over 80 campuses across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 7,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.

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