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Education Needs a Radical Change

Education Needs a Radical Change

fter recently watching a film about the life of Jane Goodall, and then reading a recent interview with her, I was struck by her stark observations regarding the state of our planet—in terms of climate change, the disappearance of species, the destruction of forests, the melting glaciers, the pollution of the oceans, the desperate plight […]

The Bowman Expansion Project

The Bowman Expansion Project

An interview with Mary Beth Ricks, Head of School, Bowman in Palo Alto, California Founded in 1995, Bowman is an innovative, accredited Montessori program serving primary-8th-grade students in Palo Alto, California. Mary Beth Ricks has been Head of School since 2008 and started as one of the founding teachers at Bowman. Bowman is the first […]

Montessori Grandparenting: Let’s Do An Experiment

Montessori Grandparenting: Let’s Do An Experiment

My very enthusiastic 6-year-old granddaughter, Aubrey, is very into experiments. She’s a Kindergarten student and her love of learning is made evident by her desire to try to learn new things outside her classroom. And, let’s face it, she knows I’m all in on anything she wants to try out when I’m there for a […]

Reaching for Peace

Reaching for Peace

Mary Helen Abel will share her experiences and inspiration for this artistic children’s peace project. She will explain how she went about putting the project together and the materials needed including a small item for the children to take home.  She collaborated  with a family in the school who owned a business in the local […]

Reaching for Peace

Montessori and STEAM Education

In this session Sue Fitzpatrick discusses each of the six interconnected components of STEM that in 2016 the US Department of Education described as key to putting the program into classrooms. She gives actual photos and examples of Montessori students in action for each of the components. Participants will go away with lots more information […]

Reaching for Peace

STEM and Montessori

Do you ever question or are asked, “How do STEM and Montessori overlap?” or “Should I choose a STEM or Montessori school for my child?” We’ll take a look at how Montessori incorporates STEM philosophy, and what you can do next.

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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 […]