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Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

From helping your child understand friendships, to the importance of family values and beliefs, to those “big” questions about the world or current events, having a Hard Conversation with your son or daughter can be really challenging for all of us. Having some knowledge of developmental stages, some clues for understanding what your child really […]

The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

As an educator and parent, I saw a need for children to have an outlet to explore and develop emotional and social sensitivity. We created ClayMatesTM in a direct response to this need as we now live in an age of overwhelming distractions from media, technology, and entertainment, we see a generation of children who […]

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Most people think of Montessori Practical Life as scooping and pouring in the Early Childhood years but as Maria Montessori said, “Education should not just be preparation for university, it should be preparation for life.” Cheryl Allen will guide us through activities and ideas for Practical Life during the elementary and adolescent years.

The Story Behind the Scarves & Ties

The Story Behind the Scarves & Ties

The year 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of Tim Seldin and Joyce St. Giermaine founding the Montessori Foundation. We wanted to honor their work with a unique gift, a creation to express our profound appreciation for their tireless effort. And thus was born, the Seldin Men’s Tie and St. Giermaine Infinity Scarf. The design was […]

Polishing the Penny Revisited: Studying Roman Coins in the Timeline of Man

Polishing the Penny Revisited: Studying Roman Coins in the Timeline of Man

The study of ancient civilizations is an important part of elementary education, both within the context of the Montessori timeline of man and elsewhere. Children at this age love learning about ancient civilizations; but despite this, still, often perceive them as abstractions. For several years now, Westminster School has incorporated a lab activity for their […]

School’s Out, Now What?

School’s Out, Now What?

By the time you are reading this issue of Tomorrow’s Child magazine, schools in the US and elsewhere will be winding down for the year.  So what’s on tap for you this summer? Many of us have to work, even during the break, so that doesn’t always allow for lots of free time. Some schools […]

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie— We have been visiting Montessori schools and considering enrollment for our child. We notice that there is a lot of food work in the classroom. Often, children seem to wander around with food. We have also visited traditional preschools, and they usually have snack altogether. Why is there a difference?  — An enquiring […]

Spontaneous Typewriter

Spontaneous Typewriter

I am always looking for opportunities for my high school students to get involved with our local community as part of their English class. Often that means seeing live theater at one of the several amazing theaters in our area, but last month a new opportunity presented itself: typewriter poetry at our local independent bookstore on […]

As We Send Ben Bogard On His Way

As We Send Ben Bogard On His Way

At the age of 18 months, Ben Bogard’s parents enrolled him into NewGate School here in Sarasota, Florida. And, thus, his journey began. This May, Ben graduates our lab school’s High School program! We’ve been able to observe as he has grown into a confident, capable, and intelligent young man. Ben has a full ride […]

10 Practical Life Skills To Teach Your Child By Age 10

10 Practical Life Skills To Teach Your Child By Age 10

1.Doing the Laundry When your first-year college student arrives home with his dirty laundry, it’s too late! My grandsons (ages 5 and 6) account for 99 percent of the family laundry. Do they do anything (ANYTHING!) to help? NO! According to an online article on parenting.com, you can begin educating your child in the laundry […]

Fun Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Child

Dr. Ann Epstein, one of the presenters at The Montessori Foundation’s 2017 Annual Conference, demonstrated a variety of science experiments that are sure to pique a young learner’s curiosity while having some great fun at the same time. Most of the items used in these experiments are readily available, don’t take much time to do, […]

February Is Black History Month

February Is Black History Month

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”   February is Black History Month: 13 Ways to Celebrate Explore exceptional African American achievements with these cross-curricular activities. The struggles and successes of many African American personalities, from civil rights leaders to children’s authors, are rich fodder for classroom […]