What We’ve Learned Blog

A blog about all the questions we have about raising our children but are too afraid to ask.

Why Naps are SO Important

When my son, John, was a baby, he slept like a pro (once we got him to sleep through the night, that is). He would sleep for 12 hours and still take one to two naps. The more sleep he got, the less he seemed to get sick and the happier he was. But little read more…

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Why Summer Camp is GREAT for Kids!

Imagine if you could go somewhere with activities designed for you to enjoy, new friends to make, fun places to discover, and time spent outdoors. Sounds like a luxury surprise vacay like Pack Up + Go, doesn’t it? Not for your kiddo! All of this and more happens at Sunrise Montessori’s summer camps, which start read more…

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How a Montessori Education Builds Innovators

When searching for the right school for their child, most new parents don’t know the world of Montessori unless someone tells them about it. I didn’t learn the difference between daycare and Montessori until my sister, Allison, mother of four!, filled me in on her children’s Montessori Preschool in the Boulder, Colorado area. Wow, they read more…

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Tribe of Moms

Sometimes I wish we could rename Mother’s Day to Tribe of Moms Day. Or just make another day altogether to celebrate all of those women (and sometimes men) who mother us and our children throughout our lives. I have had dozens of mothers over the years. My first was of course my own mother, then read more…

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Why Do YOU Appreciate Your Child’s Teacher?

Teacher Appreciation Week begins this Monday, so I wanted to dedicate this week’s blog post to all the teachers out there who make such an impact on us all. You know who I mean, right? Who is one of YOUR favorite teachers? Think back…Who made such a lasting impression that you can easily recall their read more…

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What IS Montessori?

  Want a super quick and basic explanation of what Montessori is? Then read this fast cheat sheet and you’ll be “in the know!” Montessori is a curriculum That’s the easiest explanation. There is what we call in the biz “traditional education” you will find in many elementary schools and daycares, which involves having children read more…

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How to Get Your Child to SLEEPzzz…

Ah, sleep. It can be an elusive mistress when you’re a parent, which seems strange because your child is sleeping overall more than you, so you should be getting regular opportunities, right? If you’re still reading, then I suspect your child is not as solid of a sleeper as you would like. So let’s break read more…

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How to Incorporate Montessori at Home

As a Montessori preschool owner, I am asked from time to time how someone can incorporate the Montessori philosophy at home. One of the main tenets of the Montessori curriculum is independence. Independence goes hand in hand with responsibility as well. Win win! Yet you can’t have an independent child if everything is set up read more…

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Why Children Bite

What You Can Do After it Happens, and How to Prevent It One of the most DREADED behaviors my son, John, displayed while a toddler at Sunrise Montessori many moons ago was biting. Argh!?! How I hated hearing that he had bit another child! He did grow out of it, as all children do, but read more…

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How Do We Attract and Retain Our Amazing Team Members?

There has been an interesting trend during tours the past few months. A sign of changing times! Our prospective families consistently ask, “How do you treat your teachers?” It’s a good question. Logic dictates that if they are treated well, they will likely do a better job. The average child care center has an incredibly read more…

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