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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 ...


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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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 ...



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