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Fairy Gardens

Fairy Gardens

  Activities with your grandchildren don’t need to be costly or complicated. For me, it’s all about the experience with them and building great memories.   Recently, my Rochester granddaughters went to a venue where they made their own Fairy Gardens. Even with a discount coupon, it still cost my daughter a lot of money! Each […]

Grandparent’s Corner: Grandparenting the Montessori Way

Grandparent’s Corner: Grandparenting the Montessori Way

Instead of spoiling your grandchildren with material things, try creating lasting memories by planning engaging activities and outings. What your grandchildren really need is your time, attention and focus. The special time they spend with you will create warm memories that will last a lifetime. he best times I have with my granddaughters are spent […]

You Can Help: Even Montessori Guides Go Back to the Classroom

You Can Help: Even Montessori Guides Go Back to the Classroom

our child is fortunate enough to attend a Montessori school and provide this magazine to its parents. The Guide or Director/ Directress in the classroom has spent years training so that they inspire and entice your child(ren) to the lessons being demonstrated. But, similar to all professionals, they can greatly benefit from additional training and […]

Grandparent’s  Corner: A Holiday Reminder

Grandparent’s Corner: A Holiday Reminder

e are fast approaching the holiday season. For all you grandparents out there trying to figure out the biggest, shiniest or most expensive ‘thing’ you can purchase, please, PAUSE, take a step back and try to remember that the best gift for a Montessori child has real meaning. Last year my granddaughter, Blakely, received the […]

Montessori 101: What Do All These Terms Really Mean?

Montessori 101: What Do All These Terms Really Mean?

y now your Montessori child has settled into a routine and joyfully approaches each new day at school. You’ve attended some parent nights and open houses. The Montessori guides are reporting their earliest observations of your child, using terms that are new to your ear. How do they translate into layman’s terms and what place […]

Easy, Tasty & Good-for-You Lunches

Easy, Tasty & Good-for-You Lunches

et’s all make a pact this school year. Let’s try to become more proactive in the foods we serve to our children and other family members. We know, it’s convenient to open up that box, tear open the seasoning packet, and pour it into the “whatever” you have to boil. These foods are loaded with […]

2017 SRQ International Montessori Foundation Conference Update

2017 SRQ International Montessori Foundation Conference Update

  The Legend of John Ringling … of circus fame! There’s an old legend circulating around Sarasota that John Ringling had a Native American guide show him around the Sarasota area to assure him that the area was on a protected cove safe from the weather that can sometimes plague our sunshine state. Seems he […]

Hurricanes Update

Hurricanes Update

he Montessori Foundation and The International Montessori Council have been personally reaching out to our schools in the states and neighboring Islands that have recently been terribly impacted by the hurricanes. Of course, we’ve not yet heard from so many because power and internet will not be available to them for a long, long time. […]

Traveling for Work

Traveling for Work

’m an experienced international traveler. I’ve traveled around the US and overseas for work many times. I am an organized person and pride myself on my time-management skills. I organize international travel for people coming to the US as well as going overseas. I’ve accompanied children on international excursions. These are just the facts, yet, […]

Grandparent’s Corner:  A Warm Heart in the Cold Northeast

Grandparent’s Corner: A Warm Heart in the Cold Northeast

moved to southwest Florida 18 years ago to escape the cold, harsh winters of upstate New York. However, my children did not follow and, subsequently, three of my four granddaughters were born, yup, in the dead of the northeast winter season. Thank goodness I keep winter coats and boots amongst my flamingo-patterned Capris! In late […]

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my… and Jaguars! Defenders of Wildlife

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my… and Jaguars! Defenders of Wildlife

hile researching Jaguars we came across this organization: Defenders of Wildlife. In the back of my mind I thought, Hmm, Blakely’s 5th birthday is coming up in March, this organization has an adopt an animal option and the Jaguar is one of those animals. This could be a great gift for her because she’ll get […]

How to Grandparent from Both Near and Far

How to Grandparent from Both Near and Far

I’m not always available to be there. I feel guilty at times because I’m not there. I feel as if my grandchild only knows me from the voice over the phone or a short SkypeTM or FacetimeTM conversation. I don’t want to be remembered as the typical Floridian grandparent they only saw once a year. […]

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