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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 […]

Webcast: Parent Ambassador Programs  that Build Stronger School Communities

Webcast: Parent Ambassador Programs that Build Stronger School Communities

On December 13th, 2017, Tim Seldin led a conversation on the topic of one aspect of creating deeper parent engagement through a Parent Ambassador program.   A Parent Ambassador is any parent who gives his or her time and talent to support the efforts of the school in welcoming new parents, providing a current parent‘s […]

Webinar: Grand Ideas for Grandparenting

Webinar: Grand Ideas for Grandparenting

There are so many experiences that grandparents can provide for their grandchildren that don’t involve technology, theme parks, expensive toys, etc. Duna provides easy and fun suggestions for grandparents when the grandchildren are around!

Webinar: “Good Gifts” and Other Holiday Dilemmas

Webinar: “Good Gifts” and Other Holiday Dilemmas

Do you ever scratch your head and wonder what kinds of gifts would be the most meaningful to the youngest receivers to the oldest receivers in your life? Do you dread traveling during the holidays? Are you frustrated because your children are acting out at the worst times ever during the holidays? Lorna McGrath shares […]

Webinar: Sharing Nature with Children

Webinar: Sharing Nature with Children

Kelly Johnson, a Montessori trained elementary guide, artist, author, and nature enthusiast, shares ideas and experiences for young children and their families to do together!

Webinar: Give Nature for the Hoildays

Webinar: Give Nature for the Hoildays

This session is filled with great ideas for families to spend time together in nature to receive the “gift of togetherness” as well as give it to others.

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 […]