“The goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori

Want your child to be a success? Quit scheduling and let them play freely

At the start of February half-term, Dr David Whitebread explains the science behind free play and why parents must give children the chance to choose the pastimes they’re interested in

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Cake or Air? Making Montessori Education Plentiful

Children urged to put away screens and play outside

Another great article about the value of playing outdoors!  We at West Cliffe Montessori cannot get enough of the outdoors – whatever the weather!

Children are being urged to take back their “wild time”, swapping 30 minutes of screen use for outdoor activities.

Take a look at this video for more information on Project Wild Thing

http://vimeo.com/68072823

Independence: Dressing Appropriate Clothes for Independence in Dressing

Wonderful article for all you parents of twos and threes! Take a look!

Montessori pupils perform best in primary school tests

Children at Montessori primary schools perform better than those at traditional schools, RTL news reports after studying the results of nationwide tests. – See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/09/montessori_pupils_perform_best.php#sthash.TSGp9qNl.dpuf

No freedom to play or explore outside for children

Today’s children spend a fraction of their free time outdoors – what a pity, says Patrick Barkham

Truths About Consequences

An interesting article