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LISTENING SKILLS Full Article
There is a line from an old movie that says, “Respect is what you get when you give it.” It came to mind this week as I’ve listened to any number of people in totally different situations complaining that children don’t listen. Is it possible that th ...


LETTER FROM LINDA Full Article
Many years ago, we had a creative dramatics instructor who helped us understand the value of imagination. When she left, one of the treasures she left with us is this letter to our children:

When we were born, we were cuddled, fed, protect ...


THE DISCIPLINE OGRE Full Article
This week I shared frustration about the lack of children’s discipline with one of our interns, who is taking the Montessori training with a number of public school teachers who are seeking those same answers for their children. Almost parallel to th ...


SUMMERTIME Full Article
In the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, it’s time to revel in the sensorial pleasure of the season, especially if you’ve started to drag a little with the heat. It’s such a natural dip that we might not realize the importance to the developing mind ...


MANAGING THE FUTURE Full Article
The world today is such a topsy, turvy place with paradigms shifting constantly. As parents of young children, we seem to go faster and faster just to keep up. Our little ones watch in bewilderment trying to make sense of what it all means. From teen ...


THE POWER OF FATHERING Full Article
I first heard the voice when I was 3 or 4 years old and my father was reciting, ”Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any woooool?” I remember his long arms around me as I sat on his lap. My father toyed and teased with the sound of words. The discovery o ...


IN AN EMERGENCY Full Article
It’s the beginning of hurricane season, and we’re beginning to see preparation instructions for our region. Maria Montessori taught us to prepare our children for all of living. Being prepared is not being frightened; it’s being competent. Even our l ...


WHY TIME OUT DOESN’T WORK Full Article
Temper tantrums and misbehavior from children are very much like a sore throat, stuffed up nose, or a fever. All are symptoms. All have causes, and treating the symptoms does not remove the cause. When parents and teachers correctly diagnose and prov ...


AMAZING US Full Article
This is the week in our enrichment curriculum when we focus on the person that we are. We talk about how special each person is and some of what makes us have the skin/hair/eye colors we have. We also talk about emotions. Here is an excerpt of some o ...


GIRLS AS ACHIEVERS Full Article
An article in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence reports on a longitudinal research project out of the University of Pennsylvania on the impact of gender roles and balance of power in the marital relationship on girls’ academic work. The foc ...


COMPUTATIONAL THINKING SKILLS Full Article
Computational thinking skills is a new term coming to the forefront in the education world. In our age of increasing complexity, it seems it’s going to be an essential skill up there with other thinking skills like the ability to compare and contrast ...


USING THE RIGHT WORDS Full Article
I spent some time on the phone this morning with the mother of a first grader who’s finishing his first year. Mom’s ballistic. He’s not made any academic progress at all. He’s got some minor learning difficulties, but mom is saying things like “lazy” ...


I WANT TO DO IT MYSELF Full Article
These words seem to strike fear into the hearts of all but the most secure parent. In our heart of hearts, we know that’s what we want. We want our children to value themselves, and a part of that is independence. A dependent child who is discourage ...


SHARING NATURE WITH YOUR CHILD Full Article
Maybe one of the most detrimental things that has happened to us since we moved out of rural areas and into urban areas is the ability to just be. We think we have to accomplish and do in order to have validity. We have forgotten how to lose ourselve ...


WHY MONTESSORI – A PARENT’S VIEW* Full Article
As a former high school and current college English teacher, Judy Bentley became increasingly dismayed by a sense of lethargy among students she meets in the classroom. In general, they lack enthusiasm, initiative, a questioning attitude, or a sense ...


TEACHING JOY Full Article
The mother I was talking to was frantic. Her fifteen-year-old daughter was threatening to commit suicide. It’s a worst nightmare, and we seem helpless in the face of it. Drugs is another one of those issues. We’re not there yet with our preschoolers, ...


WATCH YOUR WORDS Full Article
From Marjorie Rhodes, Professor of Psychology at New York University: How can modern parents raise the next generation to be free from corrosive gender and racial stereotypes? By the time children start elementary school, gender and race shape their ...


SINS OF OMISSION Full Article
We’ve wrestling with media reports of citizens getting shot and shooting randomly and parents who are being deported. We’ve congratulated ourselves that our children are too little to really be aware of what happened. Then there was this article that ...


GO WITH THE FLOW Full Article
This article about biorhythms from Working Mother magazine has some good points. As adults, we can control what we do and when we do it. But a child is subject to her parents’ whims as well as to her own moods. The connection between a child’s ...


THE THREE R’S Full Article
The three R’s have traditionally referred to academics: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. In our Montessori environment with its beautiful system of equipment and methodology, we have come to take these things for granted because we know that they wi ...


HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS Full Article
When we set up progress sheets for our children so that we could monitor the children as they move from infants through toddlerhood and then into the primary years, it became apparent that motor development, social skills, history, learning styles, a ...


GIVE A BABY A HUG Full Article
Do you touch your baby enough? That may seem like a silly question. Still, just at a time when researchers are discovering more and more emotional as well as medical benefits from touch, they are also finding that young children are getting touched l ...


IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR GOOD MANNERS Full Article
From Berry Brazelton: “Manners still matter. They represent our values and social styles. They signal our respect for other people. We use them throughout life to help us enter and fit into a group. Children today may be cheated of the opportunities ...


ABOUT READING AND WRITING Full Article
In The Science Behind the Genius, Dr. Angeline Lillard explores basic tenets of Montessori education and how they are validated with today’s scientific studies almost a century after Montessori developed her method. As practitioners, we ha ...


BECAUSE MOM WORKS Full Article
Kids learn positive lessons by watching their mother operating in the outside world, taking action, exerting influence, making decisions, and using their talents flexibly and creatively, says Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institu ...


YOUR CHILD AND THE HANDICAPPED Full Article
As adults, we are accustomed to seeing people who are distinctly different physically or mentally. We know that many people who are in wheelchairs, carry canes, or who have major physical distinctions are living active, busy lives. We forget that the ...


THE TAKE ON TATTLING Full Article
The U.S. Department of Education has a report on how to implement programs to reduce violence in our schools. It’s a good plan, and at the crux of the plan are children, parents, teachers, and administrators all taking personal responsibility to do w ...


PARENTHOOD Full Article
From Shuree Jafferally: “I was sitting at lunch with my friend when she casually mentioned that she and her husband are thinking of starting a family. “We’re taking a survey. Do you think we should have a baby?”

“It will change your life,” ...


CAR TRIP SANITY Full Article
Many times holidays mean a long car trip. We’re hearing all kinds of bad things about using electronic devices as pacifiers, and the fact is that this is an incredibly fleeting time with your family. Here are some suggestions not only to survive, but ...


Here and In the Not-too-Distant Future Full Article
The future is a big deal to those of us who are raising people who will only live in the future. How are we going to deal with it? How are we going to teach our kids to deal with it? Here are some thoughts from Seth Godin on education (search Stop ...


MANNERS FOR PRACTICALLY PERFECT CHILDREN Full Article
From Ms. Manner’s Guide for Raising Practically Perfect Children: “There is no quick and easy way to rear a polite child. It takes 18 years of constant work to get one into presentable enough shape so that a college will take him or her off y ...


WHAT DID YOU THINK? Full Article
Or maybe the real question is did you think? In our enrichment curriculum are post-it notes designed to give our children a chance to stop and think critically about the material we’re studying. They are questions of “what if” something else happened ...


EATING TOGETHER Full Article
Of all the occasions through each day when conversation takes place, there is something uniquely valuable about the mealtime setting. When people take time to sit around a table, the opportunity to communicate is optimal. Perhaps your family has neve ...


THE MONTESSORI APPROACH TO DISCIPLINE Full Article
This article from Tomorrow’s Child begins with the premise that today people assume that discipline is something imposed from without by an authority figure. Discipline in the Montessori environment is not something that is done to the child, ...


FOR SAFETY'S SAKE Full Article
The school has tornado drills regularly, and occasionally a child will have a bad reaction to the idea of a traumatic event. In our Montessori environment, and truly as educators, one of the things we try to do is antic-ipate life situations and prep ...


O-C-C-I Full Article
You’ll hear these letters almost as a mantra among Montessorians. The letters stand for the goals for the child as she struggles to define herself: order, concentration, coordination, and independence. In Montessori’s words, “In the child is the man ...


LOOKING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS Full Article
I spent this morning “observing”. It’s a conscious task to learn from the children what is really going on. What does a child learn from pouring liquids from one container into another? From polishing a piece of silver? Of course, learning to butto ...


THE STATE OF THE YARDSTICK Full Article
In a few weeks, you’ll be meeting with your child’s teacher for a conference. You’ll be preparing questions you’ve been wanting to ask, and the teacher is preparing your child’s status report, the snapshot of what work your child is doing right now a ...


TALKING WITH YOUR CHILD Full Article
Parents who send their children off to college or to a job or who have watched them speak vows at the marriage altar often have one common emotion – the great desire to shout, “Stop! I want more time! There is so much we haven’t done!” It’s impossibl ...


THE NATURE OF GENIUS Full Article
Several years ago, Newsweek magazine ran a feature article on the nature of genius. We probably don’t have any prodigies in the school right now, but every one of our children is bright and extremely capable. Here are some interesting points f ...


WHAT ABOUT DIGITAL ADDICTION? Full Article
With an influx of technology designed for day-to-day use, the direct impact of digital devices on both physical and mental well-being is becoming a concern. As of 2015, children as young as one are using technology, such as tablets, iPhones, and comp ...


IT’S A TRUST THING Full Article
Myrna Shure is a research psychologist who wrote the book Raising a Thinking Child. In it she divides parenting guidance into four different approaches. They are explaining, suggesting, power play, and questioning. Shure’s technique is “ask, d ...


CULTURAL LITERACY Full Article
Are you familiar with the term “cultural literacy”? There is a group of educators in this country that contend that there is a body of widely used knowledge taken for granted by competent writers and speakers in the United States. Because this knowle ...


MISSING! Full Article
The children have been focusing off and on this summer on safety out in the world. A parent’s worst nightmare is an abducted child. In this country each year 400 to 450 children are abducted and are never seen again. As terrifying as this thought is, ...


THE STRETCH TO BE BETTER Full Article
All children pass through a stage where they express “I want to do it myself”. It could be a 6-month-old reaching for the spoon that you’re using to feed him, the 2-year-old who wants to dress (or undress) herself, or the 5-year-old insisting on pour ...


TIME TRAPS Full Article
With the busy pace of today’s family life, you may wonder if your child is being deprived of important attention. The good news is that there are many ways to use family time more effectively. We find that most times our parents err in doing too much ...


STOP YELLING? HERE’S HOW Full Article
We live in such a punitive society that when one or two non-punitive alternatives, like saying “Stop that” or “Do that” don’t work, we right away jump to punishment. Yelling isn’t the only form of verbal punishment. Swearing, belittling, insults, sar ...


TABLE TALK Full Article
Occasionally a child will report to her parents that she can only have a half glass of milk. This is a point of some concern when you’re talking about an active pre-schooler. We focus a great deal of energy on our meal service program, and policies o ...


ENJOY THE RIDE Full Article
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When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.

My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.

When I look at a drunk a ...


WE HELP OURSELVES Full Article
We’ve just concluded the series of enrichment curriculum topics that talk about ourselves and the adults in our world. As important part of that series is the attitude that we help ourselves. The children talked about how to find help if they’re in a ...


WHEN MOM AND DAD DISAGREE Full Article
One of the tremendous advantages for children who grow up in an intact family is the give-and-take of accommodating others. Children who never see disagreement in their family have an unrealistic picture of how people make decisions. Children need to ...


THE POWER OF CHOICE Full Article
Would you like to know how to get your children to willingly cooperate? Would you like to eliminate many of your daily battles? Would it be even better if during the process you could teach your kids valuable life skills? So would you like to win the ...


THE STRENGTH IT TAKES TO BE GENTLE Full Article
The basic premise of Montessori is to “follow the child”. In this simple phrase lies a challenge that’s almost insurmountable for over-controlling super achievers. We have arranged our lives so that every nuance is managed, supervised, and secure. Un ...


WHERE VISION FITS IN Full Article
Vision involves 65-70% of all pathways in the brain, making it our dominant sense. It’s a learned process that begins before birth, and the most simple practices have an impact on how effectively a human develops neural connections. At birth, infants ...


COPING SKILLS Full Article
Knowing how to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life not only keeps us happy and successful, it also keeps us well. Some of us have always been easy-going or eagerly anticipating new adventures. Others have a really difficult time adjus ...


FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED Full Article
Last week was Device-Free Week, and a few families tried it. So what if we decide that we’re going for “quality time” and not use the TV as a soma pill? The reality of that scenario is scarier than we might like to admit. One mother shared her experi ...


AMAZING ME Full Article
Beginning last week and for about the next month, the enrichment curriculum will be focusing on the persons that our children are and will become. We’ll have topics on male and female role models, on our amazing bodies, on feelings and emotions, and ...


CAN YOU UNPLUG YOUR FAMILY? Full Article
May 2-8 is National Screen Free Week. That can be a little like cutting off your right hand if you’re addicted. We’re not talking about work-related screens, but all that other media you can no longer do without. Check out these statistics:

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INDIVIDUAL LESSONS Full Article
A basic principle in the Montessori classroom is the completely individualized curriculum. It’s so second nature to those of us in the field that we forget how foreign it is to people who only know conventional education. A parent whose last classroo ...


HOW PHONICS WORK Full Article
Our brains have no inherent knowledge of the alphabet. The beauty of phonics is that children can learn the parts of reading and writing before they put it all together. But like tennis, you can practice your backhand, forehand, and serve, but you do ...


THE ISSUE OF EATING Full Article
Dr. Barton Schmidt has a wonderful little pamphlet on avoiding eating problems with our children. We try so hard to make our children’s worlds wonderful in every way that we don’t trust them to know when they need to eat. He claims that the reason ou ...


NOT SO OBVIOUS BENEFITS Full Article
We are quick to understand that the Montessori mixed-age group is advantageous for a younger child. But what about the child who no longer has older children to observe? Our older children in the classroom often help the younger children with their ...


LET OUT THE SUNSHINE Full Article
Regina Reynolds Barnett has a wonderful book Let Out the Sunshine in which she talks about how parents’ understanding and acceptance of their children’s creativity greatly determines the successful continuance of the child’s growth. Creativity ...


PARTIAL ATTENTION Full Article
This excerpt is from Exchange, one of our professional magazines, but the information is important enough that we think you should know about it, too. “Technology is creating a “continuous partial attention” – keeping tabs on everything while ...


PERSONALITY IS THE DIFFERENCE Full Article
This article appeared several years ago in the Gifted Children Newsletter. Today, more and more educational literature is focusing on the problems of traditional education. According to the article, it is the personality of gifted children, no ...


MONTESSORI KINDERGARTEN Full Article
Spring is arriving again, and in thousands of Montessori schools all over America, parents of four-year-olds are trying to decide whether to keep their child in Montessori for kindergarten. Some of the advantages of local schools are obvious, while t ...


AT THE MOST BASIC LEVEL Full Article
Maria Montessori observed four planes of education, which are specific times in life when things are best learned. Dr. Montessori delineated these planes into four 6-year periods: birth to 6 years, 6 to 12 years, 12 to 18 years, and 18 to 24 years. ...


Choose to Be Happy Full Article
Greg Hicks and Rick Foster have written a wonderful book on How We Choose To Be Happy that contends that happiness is an imminently learnable skill. Mountains of research are showing that happy people tend to be healthier and more successful. ...


ARE YOU A WIMPY PARENT? Full Article
I watched a parent carry her child out of the school yesterday kicking and screaming. For those of us struggling with a major guilt trip because both parents work, we wimp out a lot! Confronted by a crying, pouting, demanding, or persistent munchkin, ...


HOW DO I KNOW? Full Article
As analytical over-achievers, it’s hard for us to trust, especially when it comes to our children. For us working parents, as we leave our little ones day after day, we agonize over whether we’re doing the right thing, have we chosen the right presch ...


THE PARADIGM SHIFT Full Article
The momentum toward a new world has been shifting since maybe the early 1990’s. Before that time, going to school and getting a degree were pretty much a ticket to a good job and a ‘successful’ life. But people who did that have found that the ground ...


ON BRAIN DEVELOPMENT Full Article
Children develop in sequential phases, clearly demonstrated as our babies recognize us, begin to walk, and then potty train. There are some less obvious things that we might not accept so absolutely. For example, emotional environment is more critica ...


BUILDING IMAGINATION Full Article
Imagination is so much a part of the essence of our humanity. It’s also a large part of our success as adults. Up to about the age of 5 children have an incredible imagination. After that, they begin to socialize, and our educational systems graduall ...


FIT IS AS FIT DOES Full Article
For children, daily exercise, whether chasing bubbles when they’re 2 or riding bikes when they’re 15, can mean the difference between being able to concentrate in school or having trouble. Consider that 30% of American children are obese, as many as ...


MAKING ANGELS IN THE SNOW Full Article
“I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.”
This quote is from a journalist talking about wanting to check out ...


HAVING A WELLNESS ATTITUDE Full Article
Research on illness in young children tells us we just kind of have to get through it. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 have an average of nine minor illnesses a year. When children first enter group care of any kind and no matter what age, it ta ...


THE GIFT OF ACCEPTANCE Full Article
As a part of the human condition, we create expectations of what is to come. When we marry, we have in our minds what the marriage will bring for us. When we decide to have children, we have dreams of what our lives will be like in our families. A pa ...


THE BEST TOY IN THE WORLD Full Article
As the holiday season goes into high gear, I have noticed that some ads have subtly changed to include an adult figure - theoretically the parent - in the scenes of children playing with the advertised toy. It’s well accepted in preschool education t ...


OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKING Full Article
Parent Penny Coleman brought in a couple of articles that meant a lot to her. Knowing how Penny sparkles and has an enviable zest for living, I pass her tidbits on to you. “You don’t have to leave town to have a great time. In fact, you may not even ...


THE IMPORTANCE OF A GRATEFUL HEART Full Article
The Thanksgiving season takes us back to another time and place. When we were an agrarian society, the harvest was crucial to survival. When the harvest was complete, there was a deep sense of gratitude for having food to feed ourselves and our child ...


SUPPORTIVE PARENTING Full Article
In talking with parents during conferences, we have had several express the concern of wanting to be aware when their child misbehaves at school. As a general rule, we deal with undesirable behaviors immediately and consider that it was a result of t ...


THREE STAGES OF LEARNING Full Article
Children in the Montessori classroom go through three stages of learning. When they are first introduced to the material, they quickly grasp the concept of what is to be done. But with immature muscles and incomplete under-standing of the task to be ...


BE FOREWARNED Full Article
Lisa Kevil’s neighbor had a fire at their house last week. Lisa came in determined that we pass the word to every parent about how bad that is and what we can do to keep it from happening at our houses.

• Do not store anything in the clo ...


BEDTIME TACTICS Full Article
Bedtime is a series of “start” behaviors according to Thomas Phelan in his book 1-2-3 Magic. This means that children respond best with positive motivation, that is, lots of praise for doing things right. So start with deciding what time your ...


DO YOU SPEAK STEM? Full Article
As a nation, we’re confessing to ourselves that our children are not as academically rigorous as they need to be in order to keep up with innovation in the world. As preschool parents and teachers, we know preparation begins with us. But preschoolers ...


BRAIN FUNCTION Full Article
The brain is an incredible thing. Recent brain research is confirming so much of the Montessori methodology, and it’s waving huge red flags on some of our child-raising practices. The list below of suggestions to increase brainpower is from Teachi ...


STIMULATING CREATIVITY Full Article
There is a huge controversy out there about our current educational system. Educators from both sides are pushing the envelope toward all the new possibilities offered by technology and fighting innovations every step of the way. As the parent of a p ...


A PLACE TO START Full Article
A basic place to start working with our children in the school is to make sure they understand what we expect. When we all have some basic ground rules, it makes life run nicer and much more smoothly. Because our school has some expectations that may ...


GOODBYE BLUES Full Article
As if we weren’t loaded down enough with guilt at leaving our little ones in the morning, hysterics at the moment of separation can make us want to throw in the towel over the whole career thing. Infants from about 8 to 15 months go through a real de ...


MONTESSORI AT HOME Full Article
The Montessori classroom is so respectful of the child as an individual that it must be something of a shock for our little ones to go out into the world where almost nothing is set up to meet their true needs. If you have an interest in continuing t ...


CULTIVATING STILLNESS Full Article
An important step in nurturing either one’s own spirit or a child’s spirit is to prepare an environment where stillness can be cultivated with some regular frequency. It is almost impossible for one’s spirit to thrive in the constant din and hubbub o ...


THE PURPOSE OF MONTESSORI Full Article
Dr. Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another. He must do it himself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he spends in the classroom because he is motivated from ...



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