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For Primary Parents, from Sylvia Sullivan

Primary parents are encouraged to schedule a classroom observation to get the opportunity to see their child(ren) and the classroom in action.


The refresher course was held in Phoenix, Arizona with over 1000 of the nation’s Montessorians. It was a great experience to see fellow Montessori guides, administrators and parents coming together to discuss “Living Montessori.” It was very invigorating and interesting to have a weekend pajama party with Stina, Mary Olive and Rae.


Here some quotes and tips that Mrs. Sullivan found thought provoking and which have assisted her on my journey as a Mother, Grandmother and a Montessori Guide. She hopes that this will inspire you on your most amazing journey- Parenting.

  1. Read about Montessori Education and Philosophy. Learn about the developmental stages and their characteristics.
  2. Take time to stand back and OBSERVE your child carefully, noting his or her developmental characteristics.
  3. Incorporate your child, no matter what their age, in the activities of the environment (Home) and care of Self. Engage your child in “purposeful activities”-CHORES.
  4. Talk with your child a “great deal”, use proper language and vocabulary. Do not assume the child understands your what you are saying.
  5. Encourage your child to EXPLORE-safely and positively-EXPLORE NATURE
  6. Set Limits-Teach Grace and Courtesy (Manners) and practice as a family to reinforce these.
  7. Love Your Child unconditionally and without judgement. Accept them for who they are!!


  • “ How much fuller and richer life would be if we saw the child in all his greatness, all his beauty, instead of focusing on all his little mistakes.”….
  • “We must give this development, this miraculous force, the help it needs.  It needs the warmth of the HEART and its needs understanding.  Let us call this help EDUCATION”.
  • “ If you consider this ABSORBENT MIND in relation to language, you will understand how necessary it lis to put a small child among people who speak well, correctly, and WHO TALK A GREAT DEAL”
  • Exploring nature with your child is largely a matter of becoming receptive to what lies all around you.  It is learning again to use your eyes, ears, nostril and fingertips, opening up the disused channels of sensory impression.  Rachel Carson- A Sense of Wonder
  • “True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness.  True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are, it requires you to be who you are.” Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness


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