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The Un-Checklist

If you're a teacher or homeschooling parent who uses checklists to encourage a child's organization and accountability, then you already know just how quickly checklists can turn into a battle of wills between adult and child. You also probably sense that checklists hinder freedom of choice. And you've surely noticed that checklists shift the focus of the child's work away from self-development and flow, and towards task completion and industrial efficiency.

While checklists can work...

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Letting the Child Lead the Way

You might be familiar with the idea thatchildren learn best when they are following their interests. But you might not know that by "following the child", you're also helping them develop executive functions: skills like impulse control, delayed gratification, problem-solving, strategizing and concentrating, whicharemuch bigger determinants for success in life than IQ.

I recently attended a talk by Dr. Steven Hughes, where he focused on the development in childhood of executive functions.I...

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To Walk is Noble

A recent post on How We Montessori addressedthe importance of letting toddlers walk when they show enthusiasm for it. Yes, a walking toddler slows you down, but what's your hurry? Parents are always claiming that they want to stimulate their child's intelligence, and yet they put a stop to the ONE activity that will most enhance cognitive growth - purposefulmovement.

It has always driven me NUTS to see three-year olds being pushed in strollers. Have you looked at a child's face when he's...

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