• Froggy's Montessori Guide

    Free quarterly publication with the Montessori parenting tips and gear to help your family thrive

"The infant in arms has far greater mental energies than are usually imagined."- Dr. Maria Montessori 

Seasonal Montessori Family Resource Guide

No more spending countless hours researching positive parenting techniques and the best baby supplies. Froggy's Montessori has done the work for you. We are honored to feature Montessori lifestyle and positive parenting influencers plus the tools that make parents' lives easier. 

Launching March 2023

We're excited about this inaugural issue and helping your newborn get the best start in life.  

Practical parenting advice for parents of infants

Our team of seasoned parents and Montessori influencers bring you tips to get a good start with positive parenting. Our launch year will concentrate on the first year. From there, we will grow with your little one. 

Seasonal tips and activities

Each season brings its own challenges and opportunities for memories with your newborn.

Baby swag    

What gear do you need - and what gear will you want - to help foster respect and independence in your child? Yes, fostering independence starts now! Froggy's is curating the best resources for Montessori parenting. 

Montessori Masterpiece Children's Art Contest

"If we try to think back to the dim and distant past... what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art... It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen."

—Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind


Do you know a budding young artist? We're looking for creations full of passion, not perfection. Inspire an open-ended art project with a masterpiece, give them the tools, and walk away. Their take, rather than a step-by-step process of replication, is what we are looking for. A new young master artwork will be featured in each issue of Froggy's Montessori Family Resource Guide, as well as the Rising Stars Foundation website and social media. It is fitting that a publication for the benefit of children showcase the work of children!  Examples of masterpieces are shown below, but any masterpiece may be chosen for inspiration. 


What is a Montessori masterpiece?

Often referred to as “child-sized masterpieces,” a Montessori masterpiece is a child’s interpretation of a preexisting artwork. Recognizing and learning about an artist and their own art-making process is an integral component of becoming informed citizens of the world. It is a way of learning about and interpreting history. This child-led activity exposes young people to formative works of art, enhances fine motor skills, stimulates free expression, and lays the foundation of a new skill. Children are encouraged to engage in an open-ended expression of a piece that they are inspired by. This prompt can take many forms, from direct replication to drawing on a shared theme to recreating the work in a unique style. 

Montessori embraces the process of art making over the product. The process of creating art is an exercise in becoming. It is both world-reflecting and world-building; a simultaneous expression and transformation of the self. Through engaging with art, we connect with history, culture, and our bodies/senses. 

About our competition

Montessori masterpieces value process over product. Our evaluation criteria seeks to align with this value of process. 

Criteria for selecting featured Montessori masterpiece
  • Passion shown in completion of project (5 points)

  • Correctly naming artist, who its by (5 points)

  • Innovative interpretation (5 points)

  • Replicated impressively (5 points)

Guidelines for the competition

The competition is split into four age groups: 3 to 6, 6 to 9, 10 to 14, and 15 to 17. Four images will be featured in each issue of our resource guide, and will also be posted on our website. Submissions must include the name, age, and location (city, state) of the applicant. The winner’s information will be published alongside their masterpiece. 

For people ages 6 to 17, please write a statement on how you are or would like to make a positive impact on the world. This can be as short as a single sentence and as long as a paragraph (no longer than 200 words.)

Select any artwork that feels inspiring. Below is a document of potential options that can be printed out. 

Guidelines
  • Name your image: firstname_lastname_s2021.jpg

  • Student's name, address, age, and date of birth must be included with your submission

  • Artwork is limited to one entry per student per quarter

  • For ages 6 to 17 - write a statement or short paragraph describing a positive impact the child is having or would like to have in the world 

  • Artwork should be submitted as a high resolution (e.g. minimum of 2,400 pixels by 2,400 pixels) image of the student’s original artwork

  • Each file must be under 5 Megabytes in size

  • Artwork must be submitted in .jpg or .png format

  • Art can represent the following mediums: drawing and painting (i.e., pencil, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, paint, water media, mixed media/collage

  • Each piece of Art must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian of the student; if a teacher is submitting a student's artwork, the entry must still have the signature of a parent or legal guardian

Deadline, Submission Terms & Agreement

Deadline for inclusion in the Spring 2023 issue: January 15th, 2023


Submission Terms & Agreement

I give Rising Stars Foundation permission to use, publish, distribute, and display publicly the submission, including but not limited to: the image of the artwork, name of the child, age, and school name and location. I understand that no financial compensation will be awarded to the winner of this competition. Rising Stars Foundation has free license to publish photos of my work in marketing materials. Such materials include but are not limited to: the Rising Stars website, social media, resource guide, and emails. I certify I am at least 18 years of age and have read the foregoing Official Rules and fully understand and agree to the contents. 


Submission images and information will be kept in a secure database until the winner is chosen. Submission entry images may also be used for contest promotions.


For additional questions or concerns, please contact development@risingstarsfoundation.org.

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Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree by Mary Cassatt

Vase with Three Sunflowers  by Vincent van Gogh

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Our fans would love to hear from you. We are honored to feature positive parenting influencers and tools that make parents' lives easier. Would you like to be featured in Froggy's Montessori Family Resource Guide, Wisdom from the Pond parent coaching emails, or the Rising Stars parenting blog? Our carefully vetted resources are:

  • Valuable information consistent with Montessori principles and philosophy
  • Reasonably priced & a good value
  • Family oriented versus institutionally oriented
  • Successful track record or expectation of one
  • Meets our ethical/philosophical standards
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