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Webinar:  Children and the Holidays / Pt 1

Webinar: Children and the Holidays / Pt 1

Christine Lowry and Lorna McGrath discussing how children can help during the holiday season.

Webinar:  How To Create Closeness during the Holidays

Webinar: How To Create Closeness during the Holidays

How to Create Closeness: Tips to Connect with Your Family During the Holidays. One of the things we long for the most during the holidays, and year round, are deep connections. Some of us never had a model of how to connect as children making it harder to know how to create it with our […]

Webinar:  How to De-Stress Your Holidays

Webinar: How to De-Stress Your Holidays

De StressYourHolidays – Are looking to have more cooperation, less stress, and lots of fun during the holiday season? Here are some ideas to help with that.

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...
Greenways for Home & School

Greenways for Home & School

hose of us in the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready for summer, so outdoor play environments and gardens are foremost in our minds. The most comprehensive book about outdoor environments for children is Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. I suggest this book not only for the good ideas for ways to create […]

Celebrating Birthdays the Montessori Way

Celebrating Birthdays the Montessori Way

very year in Montessori classrooms all over the world, young children celebrate their birthdays by walking around a candle with a globe in their hands, symbolic of the passages around the sun that the children have made during their lives. As these Montessori children get older, their stories get longer, and for many, after ten […]

Grandparenting: Gift Giving the Montessori Way

Grandparenting: Gift Giving the Montessori Way

t’s that time of the year again when commercials and print media pound into our conscious and sub consciousness that we NEED to buy their products for our children and grandchildren to ensure a successful holiday for all. The bigger the better, the more plastic pieces, even better yet, right? WRONG. Gift giving, regardless of […]

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Overview Shem Al Nessem (or “Smell the Breezes”) is an old Egyptian spring festival. It is a happy holiday that goes back to the days of the pharaohs. It is also an Egyptian national holiday. It is celebrated on the Monday following Easter. It starts very early in the morning. Whoever wakes up first can […]

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

Overview Africa is a continent of tremendous diversity of environments and peoples.  However, in planning an African celebration, it is particularly appropriate to celebrate an African harvest festival. Farmers in Africa have to face long and terrible droughts in some areas, so a harvest festival is most meaningful to them. Of course, not all regions […]

Celebrations: Japanese Children’s Day

Celebrations: Japanese Children’s Day

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Overview Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) is a Japanese national holiday, which takes place annually on May 5 (the fifth day of the fifth month) and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated […]