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DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES Full Article
There’s so much truth in the old saying “Walk a mile in my shoes before you pass judgment.” This week one of our staff shared with us her feelings one day when she picked up her son. She was met at the front door with “He really had a tough day today ...


FOLLOW ME Full Article
Parents don’t intentionally teach kids to lie, or scream “Jerk!” out the window at another driver, or get into nasty fights. We try to instill all our best values in our kids. But they absorb what we do, even when we don’t mean for them to. “A lot of ...


LESSONS IN GRACE AND COURTESY Full Article
“A child must carry out his work by himself and he must bring it to completion. No one can bear the child’s burden and grow up in his stead. Nor is it possible for the child to speed up the rate of his development.” This quote from Maria Montessori i ...


ON EDUCATION Full Article
As concerned citizens and advocating parents, we wrestle with questions of how we develop our children so all are contributing to their fullest potential. There are several qualities essential to a true democratic education:

• Engaged, re ...


THE PURPOSE OF ART Full Article
In our bottom-line society, we look to our children for a finished product or for an accomplishment. We want a written story, the fastest runner, or a picture neatly colored. But the child is not a finished product. She is in the process, and her wor ...


MONTESSORI IN THE HOME Full Article
“We must give the child an environment that he can utilize by himself; a little washstand of his own, a bureau with drawers he can open, objects of common use that he can operate, a small bed in which he can sleep at night under an attractive blan ...


DON’T GET TIED UP IN KNOTS Full Article
This is from a brochure produced by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. It’s about coping with stress when there’s too much to do, too little time, and not enough money. No wonder we get stressed! But stress strikes everyone. As parents of ...


AVOIDING THE TRAIN WRECK Full Article
Every day the children come to us with all their physicality, personality, and background. We teachers study what’s happening in our society, what the future seems to hold, and every tidbit of early childhood research we can get our hands on. And we ...


EATING ISSUES Full Article
It’s hard for us to give up control of our children. If we begin with the premise that we are beginning with the end in mind, that’s exactly what we must do. Fortunately, it’s good practice for us to realize that eating is one of the first things tha ...


AN ENCOURAGING WORD Full Article
In Montessori, we’re taught not to praise our children because it’s a form of reward, and rewards are self-defeating. The thinking is that when the reward is not given, the behavior will disappear. If the child is performing the work for his own bene ...


STARTING A DIALOGUE Full Article
We’re communicating more and with more people today than ever before via our electronic devices. The downside is that experts are expressing concerns that we’re getting a false sense of intimacy. Our ‘friends’ are not really friends and frequently, t ...


LEARNING TO RISK Full Article
When we are very young, we often look at ourselves and the world through eyes that have been taught to think incorrectly. We want to be strong, yet we think of ourselves as weak. We have great fantasies of ourselves as accomplished actors or athletes ...


PICKY EATER PROBLEMS Full Article
You beg, you plead, you bargain, you worry. But no matter what you try, your child refuses to eat anything but grilled cheese sandwiches, no crusts allowed. He’s violently opposed to vegetables of all kinds and colors, and seems to have a love/hate r ...


COMPETENT KIDS/NEEDY PARENTS Full Article
There is a fine line between being a supportive parent and being a “hovercraft”, especially for our preschoolers. Human infants are born helpless. I suspect from an evolution perspective so that we quickly get into the parenting role of being dependa ...


NOTHING TO DO Full Article
Unscheduled, unstructured time – a rare commodity in today’s hectic society – is a gift to our children. This article is from Working Mother magazine. “Think back to your childhood. Chances are you can remember times when you had nothing mor ...


LIVING IN THE REAL WORLD Full Article
Jim Greenman is a child advocate who fights for giving our children a natural childhood. He writes, “The civilized world, as we like to think of ourselves, is increasingly fastidious and cautious. In the mall, trees flourish without visible water or ...


COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS Full Article
The Christmas crazies are upon us, and I’m reminded how wise these ideas are from Unplug the Christmas Machine. It’s better to implement this plan now than to resolve after the fact to do better next year.

• You’re so busy the kids feel ...


IN CONSIDERATION OF TOYS Full Article
Disappointments at Christmas can be as hard for the parent as for the child. The child really believed that the siren strapped on a bicycle would make it fly. The talking doll is boring after 55 times. The cars don’t stay on the racetrack, much less ...


BATTLING THE GIMMIES Full Article
The giving season is upon us, and now is a good time to battle the gross consumerism that assails us from every side. It has become a matter of patriotic duty to spend more. Our society experiences not only unprecedented wealth but also an unreserved ...


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 a fleeting time with your family. Here are some other suggestions not only to survive, but to th ...


THE MANNERS WE TEACH Full Article
We’re planning a whole day of focusing on “practically perfect manners” in preparation for the holidays. On Party Manners Day, we’ll be using “ma’am” and “sir” and making introductions and giving a lot of compliments. We’ll have a traditional Thanksg ...


AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Full Article
This is a title from an old song about how a person choses to be faithful to a sweetheart. It’s appropriate for our attitude about how our children seem to know exactly how to push all our buttons to send us into a fit of unreasonable behavior that w ...


The Ability to Be a Good Sport Full Article
In a nation where sports is a major source of entertainment, the ability to be a good sport is a prized character trait. A good sport is recognized by playing for the enjoyment of playing, not just to win. A line from a movie goes “If winning is the ...


EDUCATION FOR LIFE Full Article
Today seems to be such a totally different world from what has ever been. Things that used to work are not what we want today, but old truths seem to be more true now than ever before. For our children, whose worlds will be even more different, these ...


ABOUT THE NATURE OF SILENCE Full Article
Our world today is full of noise. Even music seems to spurn harmony and tend to “noisomeness”. Silence is essential to the human soul; children instinctively seek it because they love it. It is interesting to hear what Dr. Montessori said about silen ...


BEING AND DOING Full Article
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we’ll ever do, mainly because it confronts us with the necessity of growing up ourselves. A growing, questioning, mimicking child in front of us brings us face-to-face with what our own values and practices are. < ...


THE MONTESSORI HOME Full Article
“A child’s parents are not his makers but his guardians. They must protect him and have a deep concern for him like one who assumes some sacred trust.”

Maria Montessori

Parents often wonder about their role in providing a learning ...


MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY Full Article
The Montessori method is a unique and comprehensive approach to education based on the discoveries of Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was an Italian physician who began her career working with retarded children. The apparatus she designed for th ...


PRACTICAL LIFE Full Article
Sometimes it’s hard to justify the expense of Montessori education when the child comes home day after day bragging that he mopped the floor today. Practical life exercises constitute the most basic level of the Montessori curriculum. It is important ...


MINDFULNESS Full Article
Our lives are so full, and our society esteems busy-ness, multi-tasking, and achievement. In the melee, our little ones get left out. They’re so short we see over their heads, and their language skills aren’t real great, so we talk around them. Teena ...


LEARNING FROM SHAMU Full Article
Seaworld never fails to amaze us with their ability to train killer whales, dolphins, and seals to jump through hoops, ring a bell, or jump four at one time. We have trouble getting our kids to put on their coats. How does Seaworld do that? They have ...


FREEDOM VS. DISCIPLINE Full Article
As we’re entering into the new school year with bright hopes and strong hearts, it is appropriate to focus on a society of new children, children who are free to become their best. The Montessori environment is a movement toward this ideal. The mater ...


THE AFTERNOON CLASS Full Article
We’re scheduling our first day of kindergarten, but some of you may be aware that there have been children in the afternoon that are not “real” kindergartners. Our distinction between the “afternoon class” and “kindergartners” is not necessarily clea ...


SABOTAGING OURSELVES Full Article
Virtually every parent stands fast in asserting that, of course, they want their child to be well. But when we begin understanding the child’s background of illness, a lot of issues present themselves. For example, our children at the school gladly s ...


LISTEN TO WHAT YOU SAY Full Article
So many of our hangups as adults come from the time when we were children. Remember when you were told “You have to . . .do your homework/take out the trash/be nice to your sister”? We get these tapes going in our heads that say “I can’t”, “It’s not ...


THE BRAIN DRAIN Full Article
Our country is on its way to having all other developed countries beat the socks off us when it comes to engineering and research. Our colleges are turning out fewer native American graduates in these fields, and girls are dropping out almost entirel ...


Laugh a Little Full Article
Preschoolers love riddles. This collection came from a jar of cards available from Free Spirit Publishing. Make it a point to laugh with your little one.

• What invention allows people to walk through walls? Answer: Doors.

• What ...


PICTURES OF THE ORDINARY Full Article
When we ask people about memories of their childhoods, it’s not the stay in a fancy hotel or the fabulous dinner at an expensive restaurant they remember. Instead it’s how their dad whistled a corny tune while standing at his workbench or the smell o ...


THE POWER OF WORDS Full Article
From Garth Sundem in Free Spirit Publishing: “On the surface, using words to influence memories is a nifty trick. But what psychologist Elizabeth Loftus’ work about the formation of false memories really shows is that the stories we tell ourselves

I’M OKAY, YOU’RE OKAY Full Article
This phrase is out of the 1960’s and transactional analysis. It became very much a buzzword then. Today it can be a model for understanding our children. Our parents fret that “he doesn’t have any friends”, “all she wants to do is paint”, “he doesn’t ...


SMART MOVES Full Article
How our body works has a huge impact on how our brain processes. Therapists who specialize in the learning process can watch how a child moves and quickly begin isolating a problem. When children move in graceful and organized ways, the brain activat ...


THINKING EXCELLENT Full Article
This piece came from a junior high principal who thinks “excellent”. When we’re up to our necks in alligators, it’s hard to remember that there is more to life than getting dinner, paying the car note, and getting Mr. Smith’s report to him. There has ...


SAFETY TIPS Full Article
The children have a program on safety at least once a month in the enrichment curriculum. It may be fire safety, safe practices around water, abuse prevention, or bicycle safety. These are some things that we have been work-ng on. Please reinforce t ...


DON’T WORRY/BE HAPPY Full Article
In the 1990’s Martin Seligman wrote a couple of best sellers Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness. He became known as the father of positive psychology, and he quotes mountains of research that substantiates the idea that we are mor ...


IT’S A GUY THING Full Article
This information came from a feature article in Newsweek magazine about current research into how males develop. In the wake of the feminist movement, even normal boy behavior has come to be considered pathological, and our male children are s ...


BEYOND PINK AND BLUE Full Article
Our stereotyping concepts creep in everywhere. There is a classic study done with eleven mothers who played with a six-month-old infant. Five of the mothers were told that the infant’s name was Adam, and he was dressed in blue. The other six mothers ...


STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY Full Article
So now we’ve had another crisis of violence in a school, a place that is supposed to be immune to violence. We really know that no place is immune — MacDonald’s or a church, the mall or a gas station, the Olympics or the Boston Marathon. As guardians ...


WHY CHILDREN ROLL Full Article
The first of the senses to develop is the sense of balance. It is vital for posture, movement, and a sense of “center” in space, time, motion, depth, and self. All other sensations pass through the balance mechanism (vestibular system) at brain stem ...


GETTING MOVING Full Article
What if you really did begin to minimize screen time? What could you do in all with all that extra time you’re going to have? Since the turnoff includes electronic devices of all kinds, you’re going to have at great deal more spare time. Maybe it wo ...


WHAT MONEY CAN’T BUY Full Article
This column ran in the Houston Chronicle several years ago, and although it may be too late for this year, you might think about it for future Mother’s Days or for other consumer-focused days that merchants have foisted upon us. “The annual in ...


TO MAKE THINGS BETTER Full Article
There are so many appeals these days to “get involved”, especially from school districts. For us at the school who are so aware of how very much our parents care about their little ones, it hardly seems possible that at elementary or secondary school ...


PERSONALITY ANALYSIS Full Article
During conferences you were provided an analysis of your child’s learning style. All teachers in every class, including infants, do such an analysis for every one of their children. Approximately 30 percent of this analysis is the child’s learning st ...


THE ABILITY TO CENTER Full Article
Sometimes a goal of children’s behavior is to withdraw. Although we may find this strange, in an encouraged child, it is defined as the ability to center. Linda Dunlay, the Marist College psychology department chair says, “Our ultimate goal as parent ...


ABOUT MONTESSORI Full Article
Montessori probably sounded like a good idea when you first enrolled at the school, but we forget exactly why months and years later. The Montessori philosophy has the fundamental tenet that a child learns best in an environment that supports each in ...


CONTROL OF ERROR Full Article
There is a book by Ralph Nadar (social activist from the 1960’s) in which he talks about the impact his parents had on his thinking skills. We work a lot with our children in the school to develop a life-long pattern of being able to evaluate situati ...


WAITING FOR THE CLICK Full Article
Every Montessori teacher recognizes the ‘click’. It’s personified in pictures of a child as she places the tiny top block on the pink tower. It’s that moment of epiphany when the face glows with the understanding that “I can do it.” As the adults who ...


THE CONCEPT 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 spent in the classroom because the motivation comes from ...


CELEBRATIONS Full Article
We’ve just come through the holidays and Chinese New Year and Valentines. The turning of every new year is a time for thoughtfulness about the old year’s regrets and hope for a better new year. World wide we celebrate. Our little children know how to ...


MATHEMATICS Full Article
By the time our children are ready to enter the world of mathematics, they have worked extensively in areas such as practical life, sensorial, and language, where they have refined their sense of order, concentration, coordination, and independence. ...


STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY Full Article
So now we’ve had another crisis of violence in a school, a place that is supposed to be immune to violence. We really know that no place is immune — MacDonald’s or a church, the mall or a gas station, the Olympics or the Boston Marathon. As guardians ...


FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR CHILD Full Article
It’s love season and falling in love is one of the most delicious events of anyone’s life. To “be in love” is one of life’s treasures. To be the object of someone’s love is to be placed in a position of the highest possible esteem. A curious reality ...


FREEDOM VERSIS RESPONSIBILITY Full Article
One of the most wonderful aspects of Montessori education is the freedom for the child to create the adult she is meant to be. This is accomplished by a prepared environment and a Montessorian trained to guide the child gently through the work of edu ...


ON THE TOPIC OF DISCIPLINE Full Article
Day after day we watch our parents struggle to impose order with their children. The basic issue is that adults are the ones responsible for deciding the way things should be, and the child is the one who is being trained to fit into our society. Gre ...


IT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS Full Article
One of our mothers this week shared her sense of overwhelm with me. She had twins four months ago and is still at home on maternity leave. She had come in to the school to pick up her five-year-old. “But it’s going to get better”, she said hopefully. ...


COUGHS AND COLDS Full Article
Winter has finally arrived, and close on its heels will be colds and the flu. As small a comfort as it may be, research indicates that the more germs a child is exposed to and the earlier, the stronger the immune system will be. Going in the opposite ...


TO BE OR TO HAVE? Full Article
This commentary is from Linda Weither of the Boston Globe. She writes: “I was eating lunch with a friend at a restaurant. Seated next to us were two boys about 10 or 11 and their dads, who were deep in conversation. The boys were searching for ...


DO YOU BELIEVE? Full Article
Do you believe in Santa Claus? Or better yet, what do you say to a child who asks, “Daddy, my friend Billy said there isn’t really a Santa Claus. Is that true?” Whew! Sometimes kids ask us questions that we don’t feel adequately prepared to answer, l ...


THE “STUFF” ISSUE Full Article
It’s the “get more stuff” season. Some time ago one of our directresses asked me to address the issue of “stuff”. It seems she had been counseling parents to declutter their child’s life by removing most toys and organizing play space. Little childre ...


BEING PREPARED Full Article
Over the next several weeks, we are going to want or need our children to be able to sit relatively quietly for long periods of time. This can be difficult for most preschoolers. Try some of these techniques:

• Talk with your child about wh ...


HOW TO RAISE A PARENT Full Article
The period of greatest importance in human development is the period from birth to age six. By the same token, the period of greatest importance in parenting life is the first six years. Habits are formed that not only are hard to change, but that ha ...


CELEBRATE! Full Article
The weather is crazy and we’re all adapting to the time change. Holidays are coming, and there are a jillion things to do. There’s a stomach virus going around that if we haven’t gotten yet, there’s a good chance we’re going to get it. WHOA! This is ...


THE SENSE OF WONDER Full Article
Driving home one evening, consumed by thoughts of work/family/life, I saw something I’ve been unable to forget: five or six deer, less than a block away, crossing the street. Unfazed by one of our town's busiest thoroughfares, as unperturbed as the m ...


DISCOVER PROPRIOCEPTION Full Article
As a part of our enrichment curriculum, the children learn about their senses, but there is another sense that is really important to how we maneuver in our world. It’s the sense of where our body is in space, and it’s called proprioception. Just as ...


THE AGE OF IMPRINTING Full Article
Before around the age of six, the brain simply accepts what’s put there; whether it’s learning a language, understanding math concepts, knowing the names of continents, or trusting that the people in your life mean good for you. When we adopt the Mon ...


CHOICES Full Article
Newsweek magazine’s feature article some time ago was on “The Myth of Quality Time”. I found myself sinking into that old guilt feeling about having sacrificed my children to a career. Then this morning the newspaper talked about how 41% of ou ...


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 understanding of the task to be a ...


COPING WITH LOSS Full Article
Loss is not an experience limited to adults. Children experience loss, too. From their “little losses” - the broken toy, the torn book, starting school, the death of a pet — they can be taught to cope in ways that will make them emotionally healthy ...


INDEPENDENCE Full Article
From Maria Montessori in The Absorbent Mind: “For the essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s own self. The philosophical concept which underlies the successive conquest of independence is this: That man achieves his in ...


THINKING POSITIVELY Full Article
Parent Stephanie contributed this item, which came from Patti Teel. “While we’d like to believe that our children live carefree lives devoid of concerns, many children become anx-ious and self-critical at an early age. Parents can help their children ...


PRACTICAL LIFE EXERCISES Full Article
Practical life is the foundation of the Montessori classroom. All other areas flow directly from this base. Young children have a compelling desire to know about and participate in the environment in which they live. If he sees his mother dusting and ...


CHILDREN WHO VALUE THEMSELVES Full Article
We see it a lot, the mother who gathers the child’s belongings at the end of the day, the father who tells his child to tattle, the parent who refuses to allow the child who is toilet trained at the school to be diaper-free at home. Of all the judgme ...


REACHING FOR THE STARS Full Article
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly; . . . who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, . . .who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows the triumph of high achiev ...


BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL Full Article
Of the world’s geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci ranks toward the top. Michael Gelb distilled what he considered da Vinci’s principles and published seven steps to genius in a book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. Gelb says, “Although it is hard ...


REDUCING ANXIETY Full Article
There is a group called First Eleven Months (FEM) that generally meets in conjunction with pediatric clinics. Their goal is to enable new parents to feel less anxious. As a general rule, they have found that parents today are well educated in child d ...


INTRODUCTION TO MONTESSORI Full Article
Maria Montessori proposed that we could make peace by healing the wounds of the human heart and by producing a child who is independent, at peace with himself, and secure. She argued that a school carefully designed to meet the needs and interests of ...


THE ADAPTABLE CHILD Full Article
We all want to prepare our children for the future. But with the future so uncertain, it’s hard to know what has lasting value. In fact, the only thing we can be sure of in life is change. Coping with change is in itself a skill and in the end, it m ...


SLOW DOWN AND BE RICH Full Article
These days our children are experiencing nature through the Disney channel. We are raising a generation of kids who are knowledgeable about endangered species and collapsing ecosystems, but who spend their time indoors. They can’t tell you about the ...


FIT/ACTIVE/HEALTHY Full Article
Fitness improves not just the length of our lives, but also the quality of our lives. It’s so sad to watch a fat boy panting as he tries to keep up with his buddies or a fat girl distressed over body image. Critically, fat accumulates in the liver an ...


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 ...



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