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Screening Out: Bringing Children Back from Virtual Worlds

Introduction Another great article—thanks to Community Playthings! Often in Montessori schools, parents ask, “Why don’t you have computers or other technology in the early childhood classrooms?” or “Why isn’t there more technology in the elementary classrooms?” In this article, the author talks about “white space.” We understand the value of white space. We understand that […]

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Do’s and Don’ts to Handle Picky Eating

Picky eating involves a variety of behaviors. Here are some tips for helping your child develop a more tolerant attitude toward food. DO Serve age-appropriate portions. Give toddlers portions that are one-fourth to one-third the size of adult portions. A toddler faced with both a plateful of food and a parent who expects him to […]

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Book Review:  Baby Massage / The Calming Power of Touch

Book Review: Baby Massage / The Calming Power of Touch

Baby Massage: The Calming Power of TouchBy Dr. Alan Heath and
Nicki Bainbridge
 his a great little book for parents of newborn babies and older. It’s the kind of book I wish I had when my children were born. I actually did have a baby massage book but it wasn’t as easy to learn the steps […]

Nutritionist Jan’s  Brainy Breakfast for Kids

Nutritionist Jan’s Brainy Breakfast for Kids

hen I began my career as a Montessori educator decades ago, I had no idea that what a child ate (or didn’t eat) for breakfast could dictate the difference between inattention, chaos, grumpiness, status quo, and excellence in classroom achievement. Nor did I know that my students would inspire me to change careers. Attention, learning, […]

Montessori 101: Education… For Infants?

Montessori 101: Education… For Infants?

hildren are astonishing in the sense that their minds are like an ever-growing, expanding, and curious wonder. When parents think of education for their child, it is a surprise that education can start as soon as right after birth! Even more surprising is that education can expand beyond the ABC’s and 123’s. Education, such as […]

Webinar: Developing Neural Networks During the Toddler Years

Webinar: The Great Lessons – Part II

In this session Robin Howe completes a presentation for parents on The Great Lessons as a foundational piece to the Elementary curriculum. He explains each of the five lessons in more detail and describes how parents can support their child’s learning.

Language Immersion At Montessori Casa International

Language Immersion At Montessori Casa International

common misperception is that exposure to multiple languages causes brain confusion and leads to delayed speech and literacy in young children. In reality, however, a bilingual environment fosters cognitive development and increases creativity, concentration, productivity, and problem-solving skills. As early as the womb, humans are able to distinguish between multiple languages and are able to […]

Introducing the New Adult Montessori’s Vital Vision for the Adolescent

Introducing the New Adult Montessori’s Vital Vision for the Adolescent

ust when parents think they have it down—that their child is gracious and engaged, academically sound if not accelerated, physically coordinated and mature­—the kid goes and turns into an adolescent! Sometimes coming of age is a slow boil. And other times it’s like adding rice stick noodles into a wok full of oil. I absolutely […]

Bilingualism & False Diagnosis

Bilingualism & False Diagnosis

n many countries bilingualism is a steadily growing phenomenon that shapes and affects the learning process of children at homes and schools. The most popular second languages in Egypt are English, French, and German. Many parents prefer their children to be schooled in a foreign language rather than their native mother tongue. Being fully bilingual […]

Webcast: Steve Hughes – The value of concentration in developing agency

Webcast: Steve Hughes – The value of concentration in developing agency

On October 14, 2015, we were joined by Dr. Steve Hughes. As a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist, Dr. Hughes also specializes in assessment and treatment planning for persons who have problems with attention, concentration, organization, planning, and related executive functions. His topic was The value of concentration in developing agency.

Webcast: Steve Hughes – The value of concentration in developing agency

Video Talk: Steve Hughes – Getting Education Reform Out of the Box

Dr. Steve Hughes, Neuro-psychologist and Brain Scientist, examines the basic assumptions of education today, and shows how an entirely different framework, first articulated by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago, conforms to what we now know about optimizing social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development.

Technology and Montessori: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Technology and Montessori: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

t was nearly “a long time ago in a galaxy far away” that Montessori education first came to the world. The year 1907 was, indeed, a fairly long time ago, none of the parents of children in Montessori schools today had been born yet and neither had their grandparents. In 1907 the world was very […]

A Year of Wonder: The Neuroscience of Empathy

A Year of Wonder: The Neuroscience of Empathy

y announcing last month that I wanted 2016 to be a year of wonder, I put friendly pressure on myself to pursue all the big questions that occurred to me. We’ll see how well I’m able to sustain the energy over the course of the rest of the year, but my first riddle was this: […]

Hands: Discovering Your Child’s Dominant Hand

Hands: Discovering Your Child’s Dominant Hand

ips for right-handed parents with left-handed children…and left-handed parents with right-handed children…and for all of our children and all of our teachers! I often find that parents may need some kind of ‘manual’ to help them cope with a child whose dominant hand is the opposite of the rest of his/her family, and especially to […]

The Two-Second Rule

The Two-Second Rule

“Look, mommy! I’m daddy!” hree-year-old Scotty opened a blue marker and scribbled on the wall as his mom, Margie, cut vegetables for dinner. Scotty had watched his dad paint the kitchen over the weekend. Now Scotty was trying to ‘help,’ or so Margie surmised in the split second of disbelief and dismay as she took […]