Select Page
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...
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 […]

Computers: Are there New Secrets of Childhood?

Computers: Are there New Secrets of Childhood?

by Dr. Paul and Ann Epstein Computers in Montessori early childhood classroom deserve careful study. Just as Dr. Maria Montessori scientifically observed children and developed her didactic materials, we must also completely examine a computer’s benefits and barriers to learning. We believe that computers are tools for thinking and communication. We further believe that computers […]

Turn Challenging Behaviors into Positive Partnerships with Your Child

Turn Challenging Behaviors into Positive Partnerships with Your Child

Behavior challenges to our parenting can be stressful in the best of times, but now that we are with our children almost all the time, even smaller challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here’s a conversation with Lorna and Christine as they talk about ways you can find solutions with your child as you partner for […]

Dealing With Tantrums

Dealing With Tantrums

I’m going to dive right in to discuss a very tricky area for parents and children alike: tantrums. I hope you find this article useful so you can start applying Montessori principles in your home too. Dealing with Tantrums Tantrums are a pretty normal part of life...
Setting Limits It’s Not too Late! The Hows & Whys to Setting Limits

Setting Limits It’s Not too Late! The Hows & Whys to Setting Limits

What Are Limits? Limits tell your family under what condition you are willing or unwilling to do something. They tell your family where you “draw the line.” They tell what you will or will not tolerate. Their purpose is to take care of you. Limits are not designed to...
Montessori’s Gentle Approach To Discipline

Montessori’s Gentle Approach To Discipline

Many parents believe that the word discipline means to punish. In reality, it means to teach. In a Montessori-inspired home, parents are empathetic, caring, and respect children as real and separate human beings. However, children also need to develop a sense of...