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Rachel Peachey

Rachel Peachey is a contributing writer at Strategies for Parents. She is an expert in Montessori education and parenting.

In addition to writing for Strategies for Parents, Rachel has written a series of books focusing on practical ways parents and teachers can use the Montessori method. You can find her work on her blog and website, Volcano Mama.

Rachel taught at an international bilingual Montessori school in Guatemala at both the preschool and lower elementary school levels. In addition, she uses the Montessori method at home with her 3 children. She completed her Montessori training through NAMC in 2013.

In her free time, Rachel loves spending time with her family, baking, reading, and crafting.

Montessori Preschool/Daycare Goes Beyond to Nurture Growth and Independence

A classroom buzzes with activity as 3, 4 and 5-year-olds move about, building with blocks, coloring pictures, and polishing shoes. At a table, a 3-year-old intently spoons dry beans from one bowl to another. Nearby, a pair of children complete a puzzle together. It’s just an everyday moment in a Montessori preschool classroom. What is …

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Origins of Finger Names and How Parents Can Teach Them to Their Kids

Finger name songs are one of the many ways that children can learn the names of their fingers. And, learning the names of the fingers may be more important than what you thought. What are the names of each finger on the human hand? The names of each finger on the human hand are the …

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In-Home Daycare: How to Decide If It’s Right For Your Child

You peek through the window of your child’s in-home daycare to see what your little one is up to. You’re delighted to see she’s seated on a soft carpet, beside a sofa, looking at a book. You smile and walk through the door, thrilled that you made the right choice about choosing an in-home daycare …

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Embracing the Child: Connected Kids Don’t Want to Destroy Their Village

Killmonger, in Black Panther, acted out the African proverb, “The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth,” to the letter. In other words, a child rejected by his community is in a devastating situation that often only gets worse as the child grows. The child who …

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Maiden Name to Married Name: A Mother’s Importance to Family Identity

It is a common societal practice for women to adopt their husband’s name and for them to share the same last name with their children. There is great meaning to this practice, as family identity and culture are often rooted in the names and heritage they share. What does mother’s maiden name mean? Mother’s maiden …

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Child-Directed Speech: How Much Will It Help Your Child Learn to Speak?

What is child-directed speech? Child-directed speech is a dialect adults use when speaking to very young children. Child-directed speech can help build a young child’s vocabulary, create a social feedback loop, and improve language acquisition. Informally, it’s known as motherese, parentese, or baby talk. “Who wants a noodle? Yummy, yummy noooooodle!” It’s a typical conversation …

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