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My Montessori Journey

My Montessori Journey

As parents, we all want the best education for our children. But what does that mean? What does that look like? For me, it means having access to the teachings and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We have three children, ages 10, 7, and 4. They are all unique; all with their own personalities, special […]

Montessori Dads: Dad’s Important Role as Daughters Grow

Montessori Dads: Dad’s Important Role as Daughters Grow

Our daughter, Brianna, was laying on the couch with her earbuds on doing the typical teenage ‘thing.’ Brian, my husband, started pestering her about something she hadn’t done. Brianna rolled her eyes and continued to listen to her music. Brian’s tone of voice escalated, and I knew this was not going anywhere good. So, I […]

International Festival At International Montessori School

International Festival At International Montessori School

Each June, the IMS Community, supported by our Parent Teacher Association, hosts a joyous cultural gathering of our diverse community: the beloved International Festival. This chance to take a mini tour of the world in the school hall is always embraced by our children and parents alike. Dressed in their own traditional attire, they get […]

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year must be around the corner, for our school is decked in red and gold. Chinese New Year is celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, sometime in January or February each year. It marks the coming of spring and new beginnings and is usually a two-week celebration. As in other cultures, there are […]

Grandparenting: The Montessori Way

Grandparenting: The Montessori Way

I’m a Montessori grandparent who loves to create memories and traditions with my four granddaughters. I also love to share my love of art and history, while helping them make the connection to the larger picture. This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend a month with the girls. I decided to work on some […]

All About Children’s Photography: Capture The Moment

All About Children’s Photography: Capture The Moment

A Note To Readers: The following article by Pete Moorhouse is loaded with insights and ideas about young children and photography as a wonderful medium for expression, creativity, and learning. Although the article is geared for the classroom teacher, parents can also incorporate many of his suggestions on how to implement photography into their family’s […]

A Letter from  the Editor

A Letter from the Editor

Dear Montessorians: Raising and educating children has always been a challenge. In the past few weeks, Montessori’s words of peace, tolerance, love, and spirit have been severely tested. Preparing our young people for the ‘real world’ has a new sense of urgency. One day when I was in high school, my English teacher wrote the […]

Grandparenting in the Elementary Years

Grandparenting in the Elementary Years

Recently Margot Garfield-Anderson focused on how grandparents of elementary children can plant seeds of learning through projects and excursions. In this session Duna Strachan will focus on the the physical, social, and emotional development of children in this second plane. She will relate how these changes and sensitivities effect the activities and adventures that they […]

On The Road With Maria

On The Road With Maria

Maria Montessori has been a constant presence in my life for over 30 years. All four of my sons are Montessori students. I’ve seen and sensed the impact that Montessori has had on them and on me, as a parent, educator, and leader. Founding Kingsley Montessori (Boston, Massachusetts) in 1986, serving as Chair of the […]

Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Abstract At Indian Harbour Montessori, the study of ecosystems through the construction of Biome Pyramids offers learners many opportunities in the upper elementary Montessori classroom by connecting teamwork, organization, research, science, geography, art, geometry, hands-on building, computer skills, and public speaking. Working in teams, our students select a biome anywhere in the world. They research […]

NewGate School’s 2018 Commencement Address

NewGate School’s 2018 Commencement Address

Thomas Wolfe famously titled one of his books You Can’t Go Home Again. Poor Thomas. He obviously didn’t go to NewGate School.  Being here at NewGate is like coming home. It doesn’t seem to matter if you’ve been at NewGate since you were 18 months, or if you’ve been here for two or three years. NewGate […]

Travel  With Teens

Travel With Teens

Our family does not live near grandparents or other family members, and we have not for the last eighteen years. That means we have done many miles of traveling with babies, toddlers, school children, and now teens. We have traveled by car, train, and airplane across the country and around the world. It does get […]