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Understanding Montessori: What do the children do all day?

Understanding Montessori: What do the children do all day?

There is often a veil of mystery over the goings on in a typical Montessori classroom. Children come home with reports of “doing work,” which sounds kinda serious. They talk …
Is Your Child Ready for More? Three Key Signs of Preschool Readiness

Is Your Child Ready for More? Three Key Signs of Preschool Readiness

It can be a tough call. For many families with young children, knowing when a child is “ready for more” can come with a lot of doubt and uncertainty. Maybe …
We are Thankful!

We are Thankful!

It’s that time of the year! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s only natural that we spend some time reflecting on all the wonderful things we have in our …
Foster Internal Motivation with these 4 Phrases

Foster Internal Motivation with these 4 Phrases

If you’ve ever had a hobby or pastime that you did just because it made you feel good, and there was no prize or other compensation at the end, then …
What is Montessori? And Other Common Questions

What is Montessori? And Other Common Questions

Despite the fact that Montessori education has been around since 1907, there are still some common misconceptions about what it is and what it isn’t. “What is Montessori?” is a …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 5 (Excellence and Creativity)

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 5 (Excellence and Creativity)

This is the fifth post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the Virtues language when teaching character development in early childhood. We’ll explain …
Three Reasons Why Montessori Makes Sense

Three Reasons Why Montessori Makes Sense

We’ve explained the difference between Montessori and traditional preschools and we’ve told you what to look for in an authentic Montessori program. We haven’t filled you in though, on why …
Build Your Child’s Vocabulary: 3 Activities for Fall

Build Your Child’s Vocabulary: 3 Activities for Fall

When you’re out and about doing fun family activities this fall, take the opportunity to add a little language boost to your outings! We’re going to give you three tips …
Encourage Independence in Young Children: Our Top 3 Household Picks

Encourage Independence in Young Children: Our Top 3 Household Picks

Most parents are well-versed when it comes to baby-proofing their home. They know that there are cabinet and drawer locks to be purchased, safety gates to be installed, and electrical …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 4 (Cooperation and Respect)

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 4 (Cooperation and Respect)

This is the fourth post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the Virtues language when teaching character development in early childhood. We’ll explain …
The First Weeks of School at Children’s House

The First Weeks of School at Children’s House

It’s finally fall! It seems like it’s been a long time coming this year, but here in Reston, Virginia we are ready for all the beautiful changes that are coming …
How Do Montessori Schools Teach Independence?

How Do Montessori Schools Teach Independence?

If you’re new to Montessori, one of the first things you’ll notice is that there’s a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of teaching a child to be independent. …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 3

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 3

This is the third post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the Virtues language when teaching character development in early childhood. We’ll explain …
What’s the Difference Between Montessori and Traditional Preschool?

What’s the Difference Between Montessori and Traditional Preschool?

Some of the most common questions parents have when looking for an early childhood program focus on the difference between Montessori and traditional preschool. Parents want to understand how Montessori …
What to Look for in a Montessori Preschool

What to Look for in a Montessori Preschool

Wondering what to look for in a Montessori preschool? There are so many schools to choose from, so be sure you do your homework to find a school that is …
Five Key Elements to Creating a Natural Play Space for Children

Five Key Elements to Creating a Natural Play Space for Children

Creating a natural play space for your children is one of the best ways to encourage them to spend time connecting with nature and less time inside, watching TV or …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 2

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 2

This is the second post in a monthly series that will be devoted to practical tips for using the Virtues language when teaching character development in early childhood. We’ll explain …
Motivate Children Without Praise and Rewards

Motivate Children Without Praise and Rewards

Did you know that it’s possible to motivate children without praise and reward systems, like sticker charts, prizes, or treats? Have you heard that rewards and praise work immediately, but …
Dinosaur Summer Camp Adventures!

Dinosaur Summer Camp Adventures!

We’ve been having so much fun at dinosaur summer camp this past month! Kids LOVE dinosaurs and we always have fun with this theme! Weather permitting, we still spend our …
Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 1

Teaching Character Development in Early Childhood: Part 1

Teaching character development is part of any good early childhood program. Children need a safe space in which to express and regulate their emotions and an early childhood classroom provides …
Potty Training Facts to Put Your Mind at Ease

Potty Training Facts to Put Your Mind at Ease

Going to the bathroom part of life, but learning how to do it doesn’t have to be stressful, drawn out, or complicated. Sometimes, just knowing a few potty training facts …
Limited Choices Lead to Cooperation

Limited Choices Lead to Cooperation

Children want their opinions known! Help them make positive choices that work for everyone AND allow them a sense of control over their environment.Read more Limited Choices Lead to Cooperation …
Summer Fun has Begun!

Summer Fun has Begun!

Summer Camp at CHMS is underway! We have six weeks of camp scheduled and are looking forward to a fun change of pace in the coming days. Read more Summer …
Make this Summer Memorable, the Montessori Way

Make this Summer Memorable, the Montessori Way

Summer is here! This much-anticipated season has the potential to be the “best summer ever,” but before you get overwhelmed by the seemingly endless possibilities that await you and your …
A Visit from a Former Student… and an Igloo??

A Visit from a Former Student… and an Igloo??

When your school has been open for 16 years, visits from former students can be eye-opening. Those three year olds who joined us at circle time our first year are …
Visiting an Art Gallery with Children: Five tips to make it fun!

Visiting an Art Gallery with Children: Five tips to make it fun!

We love field-tripping with our kindergarteners! This past week saw our third and final field trip of the year, this time to the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, …
Spring Gardening Begins!

Spring Gardening Begins!

Last Friday saw the start to our spring gardening sessions and it couldn’t have been better; what a perfect day for gardening!  It was a lovely warm day and the …
Spring is Finally Here!

Spring is Finally Here!

There’s no place like our playground in the spring! The children are so excited to finally be able to go outside WITHOUT COATS ON! We are outside almost every day …
An Authentic Montessori School in the Heart of Reston

An Authentic Montessori School in the Heart of Reston

Now enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year!Read more An Authentic Montessori School in the Heart of Reston …
Where the Love of Nature meets the Love of Learning

Where the Love of Nature meets the Love of Learning

Our wooded playground invites discovery, curiosity, activity, and learning.Read more Where the Love of Nature meets the Love of Learning …
The Hidden Gem of Reston

The Hidden Gem of Reston

A small, family-centered, nature-focused, authentic Montessori program for children ages 3 to 6.Read more The Hidden Gem of Reston …
Inspiring Young Artists since 2003

Inspiring Young Artists since 2003

Now enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year! Read more Inspiring Young Artists since 2003 …
Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

Schedule a tour and feel the difference for yourself!Read more Home Away From Home …