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Self-Calming and Learning Styles – Part 1

Self-Calming and Learning Styles – Part 1

How many times have you heard an adult say to an upset child, “Calm down,” “Just relax,” or “Pull yourself together. It’s not so bad”? Children are not born knowing how to calm themselves when they get emotional. Self-regulating our emotions is a skill to be learned. In part 1, Lorna will define learning styles […]

Book Review: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters

Book Review: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama illustrated by Loren Long This father starts the letter to his daughters by telling them what a joy they are to him. Then he moves on to encourage them about characteristics and talents that he sees in them. He highlights Americans who have also […]

Book Review: Me…Jane

Book Review: Me…Jane

Me…Jane written by Patrick McDonnell This is a great little book about Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE and her interests and dreams when she was growing up. The story shows that dreams can be made real with interest and perseverance. The illustrations are cartoon-like until the very last page where the author inserts a beautiful photo […]

Book Review: Joy Fixes for Weary Parents

Book Review: Joy Fixes for Weary Parents

Joy Fixes for Weary Parents by Erin Leyba, PhD This book is for anyone who is caring for and nurturing a family at any age along the way. It is easy to pick up and read one or more of the 101 ideas for building and sustaining relationships. Each of the ideas is two to […]

Book Review: Ice Whale

Book Review: Ice Whale

Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George Did you know that certain types of whales can live to be 200 years old? Scientists have recorded and tracked the lives of many whales and found this to be true. The Ice Whale is a wonderful story for students at the Upper Elementary level. It brings in some […]

Book Review: Henry Helps with the Laundry

Book Review: Henry Helps with the Laundry

Henry Helps with the Laundry by Beth Bracken illustrated by Ailie Busby Henry Helps with the Laundry is one in a series of books that describe how a young child can be involved in family life from laundry to planting a garden to cleaning his room and more. As you read these stories with your […]

Book Review: Turn This Book Into A Beehive!

Book Review: Turn This Book Into A Beehive!

Turn this Book into a Beehive! by Lynn Brunelle illustrated by Anna-Maria Jung Scientist, teacher, and four-time Emmy-Award-winning writer for “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” author Lynn Brunelle provides “the real buzz on bees” in her latest book all about the wonderful world of bees. She brings the hidden intricacies of the often-secretive lives of […]

Having Fun Traveling with Your Kids!

Having Fun Traveling with Your Kids!

Families frequently travel together during school breaks. Join Lorna for a fun and informative session about traveling with your children, involving them in the planning, making the journey enjoyable, and being prepared.

Cultivating Your Child’s True Nature

Cultivating Your Child’s True Nature

What did Maria Montessori say about the child’s true nature? How can parents best nurture their children’s sense of empathy, awe, and connectedness to the natural world? Join Lorna as she presents Christine Lapierre’s slides for this informative session.

2018 An Interview with Four Montessori Seniors

2018 An Interview with Four Montessori Seniors

Lorna McGrath has the opportunity to talk with four NewGate School’s seniors before they graduate and go off into a new stage of their lives. Each of them has a unique story to share. It is such a pleasure to listen to their experiences in Montessori and how that has shaped and will continue to […]

2018 An Interview with Alex – a NewGate Senior

2018 An Interview with Alex – a NewGate Senior

Lorna McGrath interviews one of NewGate School’s 2018 graduates. NewGate is an International Montessori school that serves children from 18 months old to 18 years old. Three fifths of the NewGate graduates this year are from countries other than the United States. Our interviewee, Alex, is from Spain and will be returning to Spain before […]

Book Reviews: The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Mouse House #11

Book Reviews: The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Mouse House #11

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Mouse House #11 Written by Poppy Green Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell This is just one book in an adventure series for young readers. NewGate School’s lower elementary teacher chose a couple of these books for parents and friends to purchase at our annual school book fair for their […]