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Traveling with Young Children

Traveling with Young Children

Yay! It’s time to visit friends and relatives for the holidays! The thing is, though, that you’ve got young children, and a plane flight looms on the horizon. The only thing worse than sitting in front of a fussy child on a plane is the parent who is trying so hard...
Celebration of Life: Musya Meyer

Celebration of Life: Musya Meyer

In Memoriam ith the recent passing of Musya Meyer, the Montessori community lost an educator who loved to share her love of nature and multi-cultural celebrations with thousands of children and parents. Musya was the founding head of Hudson Montessori Schools in New Rochelle, NY and Danbury, CT. Her son, Mark Meyer, and his wife, […]

The Opposite of Play

The Opposite of Play

We all know that play is good for children. But research shows that it is integral to the development of their brains and that human beings are, in fact, designed by nature, to flourish through play. One Montessori myth is that Montessori students are not encouraged...
Letter from the Editor:  Holding out for a Hero

Letter from the Editor: Holding out for a Hero

  y the time this issue goes out in the mail, the 2016 US presidential elections will be over (well, one can hope). Whatever the result, no matter the chosen candidate, I think it is fair to say that we are all tired and will be relieved when it is over. As I try to […]

How to Explain the 2016 Election to Our Children (and Ourselves)

wrote this as a cathartic contemplation for the election of 2016, which became a protracted period of challenge and contention for the United States. While some citizens of our country celebrate, others express fear. Living in the battleground State of Florida, I think it is fair to say that Floridians were somewhat traumatized by the […]

The Montessori Foundation’s BIG Work

The Montessori Foundation’s BIG Work

f you are receiving this issue from your child’s school, you are already a member of The Montessori Foundation’s Montessori Family Alliance (MFA) … even if you don’t know it. Individual subscribers are also members. What does Alliance membership get you? Actually, quite a lot … with more information being added every day. The Montessori […]

Talking to Kids and Teens about Social Media & Sexting

oday’s teens and “tweens” are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation. Recent data suggests that social media (SM) venues like Facebook and MySpace have surpassed e-mail as the preferred method of communication in all age groups. While today’s tweens and teens may be more digitally […]

Birthday Parties: Is Bigger Really Better?

Birthday Parties: Is Bigger Really Better?

  Montessori educators consistently remind us that the 3-6 year-old child thrives on routine and order. They interact well with one or two children at a time but can become overwhelmed by large groups and unfamiliar settings. I would like to apply this wisdom to...
Isn’t Montessori Elitist?

Isn’t Montessori Elitist?

Isn’t Montessori elitist? Montessori is an educational philosophy and approach that can be found in all sorts of settings, from the most humble to large, well equipped campuses. In general, Montessori schools consciously strive to create and maintain a diverse student...
The Real Reason Why Montessori Hasn’t Gone Mainstream & Why It’s Time It Does

The Real Reason Why Montessori Hasn’t Gone Mainstream & Why It’s Time It Does

The child is much more spiritually elevated than is usually supposed. He often suffers, not from too much work, but from work that is unworthy of him. There is a part of a child’s soul that has always been unknown but which must be known.With a spirit of sacrifice and enthusiasm we must go in […]