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Book Review:  Baby Massage / The Calming Power of Touch

Book Review: Baby Massage / The Calming Power of Touch

Baby Massage: The Calming Power of Touch By Dr. Alan Heath and
Nicki Bainbridge
 his a great little book for parents of newborn babies and older. It’s the kind of book I wish I had when my children were born. I actually did have a baby massage book but it wasn’t as easy to learn the […]

The Yoga Way to Radiance

The Yoga Way to Radiance

By Shakta Khalsa s an educator and parent, I have always looked for ways to engage with children that model calm, focus, trust, respect, and cooperation. I learned early on that children are by nature more sensitive to and grounded in those characteristics than most adults. Khalsa writes, “When we look objectively at ourselves, we […]

Book Review:  Ido in Autismland / Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Person

Book Review: Ido in Autismland / Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Person

I do in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Person Written by Ido Kedar do’s essays have had a profound effect on me–as an educator, a parent, a friend of parents who have mute children with Autism, deafness, or Down Syndrome, and a daughter of a mute stroke victim. So many times, we make assumptions […]

Well-Being: It’s Not Nothing / A Counterintuitive Approach to Well-Being and Inner Peace

Well-Being: It’s Not Nothing / A Counterintuitive Approach to Well-Being and Inner Peace

oes it surprise you to know that sitting with eyes closed, focusing on inner experiences does more to promote well-being and inner peace than nearly any other activity? It surprises most parents and non-parents alike, yet study after study shows these outcomes. Many of us have embraced the culture of doing. We keep our children […]

Montessori 101: What Teachers Wish Parents Knew

Montessori 101: What Teachers Wish Parents Knew

t a teachers’ conference a couple of years ago, we broke into groups to answer the following question: What are the most important ideas you’d like to communicate to parents of the children you teach? Here are the thoughts from over one hundred teachers and school administrators. Respect the work of your child. Children are […]

Dear Cathie: Dealing With Challenging Behavior

Dear Cathie: Dealing With Challenging Behavior

Dear Cathie, Our daughter has entered a new stage, where she whines and pouts when she does not get her way. She is quite dramatic, and some of these incidents last a fairly long time. What can I do to help her snap out of it more quickly? Why is this happening? Her younger sister […]

Helping and Empowering Refugee Women To Become Montessori Teachers

Helping and Empowering Refugee Women To Become Montessori Teachers

his is a story of hope emerging from the chaos in Syria. Syria has the worst refugee crisis of our generation. According to the United Nations’ figures, there are 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance. Within Syria, there are 6 million displaced, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside Syria. A number of countries welcomed […]

Many Parents Ask:  How Can I Prepare My Child for Starting School?

Many Parents Ask: How Can I Prepare My Child for Starting School?

nce you have chosen the school (and do that without bringing your child along on all those preliminary visits, because visits to several schools can be confusing and upsetting to small children), visit together on the day set aside for first visits and talk the experience through later on. Whenever the subject crops up, chat […]

Well-Being Naturally:  The Why and How of Breath Techniques to Reduce Stress

Well-Being Naturally: The Why and How of Breath Techniques to Reduce Stress

’ve been in the field of Montessori for about 30 years, and within the last several years, I’ve noticed how, even within Montessori environments, children, parents, and faculty were showing many signs of stress, and often I was working with students who were struggling with a variety of anxiety-related conditions. Because I have always been […]

The Lesson in Yoga

The Lesson in Yoga

Yogi Bhajan, known for bringing Kundalini Yoga to the west in the late 1960s, said, “if you want to understand something, write about it, if you want to master something, teach it.” So what happens then, when we make yoga part of education? Perhaps to best understand some of the many benefits of practicing yoga […]

Traveling with Young Children

Traveling with Young Children

Yay! It’s time to visit friends and relatives for the holidays! The thing is, though, that you’ve got young children, and a plane flight looms on the horizon. The only thing worse than sitting in front of a fussy child on a plane is the parent who is trying so hard...
Webinar:  Calming and Grounding Activities

Webinar: Calming and Grounding Activities

Hillary Drinkell discussed Calming and Grounding Activities for Children. Hillary is both a Montessori teacher trainer and a yoga instructor. Between them, you will learn some excellent and practical strategies to help children learn how to become calm when upset.