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I think my child is ready to move up to the next class… a year early!

I think my child is ready to move up to the next class… a year early!

Over the years, it’s quite common for parents to come to us to say that, since their child is so advanced academically, they worry that the class they are in now is not sufficiently challenging. It is not unusual for parents to ask the school to move them up a year...
Montessori Grandparenting: We Are All Stewards of the Earth

Montessori Grandparenting: We Are All Stewards of the Earth

Have you been observing this young student from Sweden? Greta Thunberg is a teenager who is credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by global warming/climate change, and with holding politicians accountable for their lack of action on the climate...
Parenting 101: How Giving A Simple Direction Can Create Clarity

Parenting 101: How Giving A Simple Direction Can Create Clarity

Quite often with a 3-, 4- or 5-year-old, there’s a lot of grey areas when they’re testing boundaries and you’re not sure a break is necessary—maybe he’s touching the baby’s face and he’s looking at you and he’s got this look in his eye like he’s thinking, “Can I do...
Why are Children so Different Today

Why are Children so Different Today

by Jane Nelsen, EdD and Chip DeLorenzo, MEd   When working with Montessori teachers, we always start by asking them to list their current stressors. Inevitably, they share that children exhibit a high degree of disrespect, entitlement, and lack of...
Partnering with Families of Children with Exceptionalities

Partnering with Families of Children with Exceptionalities

Realizing that your child is not learning or growing as anticipated is one of life’s most daunting challenges. In this article, we explore ways of dealing with that challenge. Coming to the realization that one’s child is not learning or growing as anticipated is truly one of life’s most daunting challenges. Each family’s experience of […]

Peacemaking Circles

Peacemaking Circles

Montessorians are familiar with the daily “Circle” and use this important practice for starting or closing the day, but the Peacemaking Circle or Conferencing approach has become part of restorative practices in schools, workplaces, prisons, and Court systems around the country and throughout the world. Based on ancient practices of aboriginal peoples, this approach creates […]

Inclusion means adapting the environment to meet the needs

Inclusion means adapting the environment to meet the needs

Darren (not his real name) has cerebral palsy. He was four years old when he came to our school. Although he was a pleasant child and tried to please, he had a very low level of concentration and had a tendency to wander off outside while holding pieces of materials. He also liked to chew […]