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Webcast: Do You Wish You Could Have a Parenting Instructor at Your School? 

Webcast: Do You Wish You Could Have a Parenting Instructor at Your School? 

This week Lorna McGrath, Coordinator of the Montessori Family Alliance, talked with us about the importance of ongoing parenting education courses (separate and in addition to any Montessori workshops you run for parents). “If you help parents learn how to create a peaceful home, they will be eternally grateful to you and your school.” Are […]

Webinar: Toddlers in the Garden: a Grandparent’s Perspective

Webinar: Toddlers in the Garden: a Grandparent’s Perspective

Join Lorna McGrath, Program Director of the Montessori Family Alliance, for “Toddlers in the Garden: a Grandparent’s Perspective.” Have you ever wondered what to do when a special child comes to visit? Lorna has! Whether your space is small or large or somewhere in between she will share ideas for creating an outdoor space in […]

Book Review: Pink Tower in the Desert, Diary of a Montessori Guide in Saudi Arabia

Book Review: Pink Tower in the Desert, Diary of a Montessori Guide in Saudi Arabia

As a book reviewer for the Montessori Foundation’s two publications, I am fully aware that everyone and their cousins are writing books for parents, teachers, and administrators extolling the benefits of a Montessori education, describing the key points of the Montessori philosophy, and comparing the Montessori approach to education versus other more conventional approaches. To […]

A Look At The IMC School Accreditation Process: The OnSite Verification Visit

The school has completed the “big work” of the accreditation process—the Self-study. They have completed the surveys and interviews, collected the evidence, developed a Strategic Plan, rated themselves on each of the IMC Standards, and are ready for the OnSite Verification Visit. When a school submits their Self-study to the IMC Director of Accreditation, the […]

Book Review: Making Faces

Book Review: Making Faces

Making Faces By Abrams Appleseed, New York Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions is a nice little, board book. In it, you will find photos of actual young children expressing emotions through their facial expressions. Not a bad idea for little ones to start to connect how they feel and how their bodies express it, […]

Book Review: Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover

Book Review: Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover

Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover Written by Audrey Penn illustrated by Barbara L.Gibson The storyline is perfect for children who are interested and excited about their first sleepover but maybe a little hesitant or may have had the experience of wanting to go home rather than stay. It would be a good book […]

Book Review: 100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World

Book Review: 100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World

100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World By Stella Caldwell, Clare Hibbert, Andrea Mills, and Rona Skene consultant: Philip Parker This is a wonderful resource book for the elementary years at home or at school. As always DK uses engaging illustrations for each of the featured women. The categories for the women include […]

Book Review: Parenting Without Borders

Book Review: Parenting Without Borders

Parenting Without Borders By Christine Gross-Loh I so appreciate Christine Gross-Loh sharing her insights, stories from parents around the world, and research information from many sources. As a parenting instructor and Montessori guide, I found this book to be both eye-opening, in some cases and confirming in others. Dr. Gross-Loh does not make judgments but […]

Book Review: Magic Tree House Series

Book Review: Magic Tree House Series

Magic Tree House Series By Mary Pope Osborne I am new to the Magic Tree House Series and am delighted. These books are such a wonderful transition for children that are moving from being read to and are now reading on their own. The print is big enough, there are still some illustrations, and the […]

Book Review: Habibi

Book Review: Habibi

Habibi  by Naomi Shihab Nye Habibi means ‘darling.’ Habibi is the feminine. It is a term of endearment in Arabic. What do your teenagers know about the conflict between Palestine and Israel? What do they know about making peace? Montessori says, “that making peace is the work of educators and that making peace starts with […]

Book Review: Fantastic Forts: Inspiration for Wild Hideaways

Book Review: Fantastic Forts: Inspiration for Wild Hideaways

Fantastic Forts: Inspiration for Wild Hideaways  by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks The photography in this book is stunning! The authors presented many ideas for forts through instructions as well as photographs. They categorized the forts by Woodland Forts; Garden Forts; Fantasy Forts; Junk Forts; Sleepovers; Parties; and Natural Forts. There is also a section […]

Stopping the Constant Sibling Squabbles 

Stopping the Constant Sibling Squabbles 

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR  As the grandmother of two boys (15 months apart in age), I have seen that the outcomes of minor squabbles can escalate at an alarming rate and turn into a physical battle, usually over a toy or a Pokemon™ card. Sometimes the most practical response by the adult in the room […]

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