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Grandparent’s Corner:  A Warm Heart in the Cold Northeast

Grandparent’s Corner: A Warm Heart in the Cold Northeast

moved to southwest Florida 18 years ago to escape the cold, harsh winters of upstate New York. However, my children did not follow and, subsequently, three of my four granddaughters were born, yup, in the dead of the northeast winter season. Thank goodness I keep winter coats and boots amongst my flamingo-patterned Capris! In late […]

Grandparent’s  Corner +  Point / Counterpoint

Grandparent’s Corner + Point / Counterpoint

argot Garfield-Anderson and I have worked together for so long that we are more family than co-workers, sharing good times and not-so-good challenges along the way. Another thing we have in common is grandchildren, albeit Margot has four granddaughters and I have two grandsons. All of our grandchildren are in the infant to five-year-old range. […]

Treasure Baskets & Heuristic Play

Treasure Baskets & Heuristic Play

n recent years, extensive neuroscience research of this age range has proven the importance of providing stimulating resources, opportunities, time, and space for play. Through many years of research, it has been proven that providing sensory play for children is an essential part of their development. This type of stimulation makes connections in the brain, […]

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my… and Jaguars! Defenders of Wildlife

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my… and Jaguars! Defenders of Wildlife

hile researching Jaguars we came across this organization: Defenders of Wildlife. In the back of my mind I thought, Hmm, Blakely’s 5th birthday is coming up in March, this organization has an adopt an animal option and the Jaguar is one of those animals. This could be a great gift for her because she’ll get […]

How to Grandparent from Both Near and Far

How to Grandparent from Both Near and Far

I’m not always available to be there. I feel guilty at times because I’m not there. I feel as if my grandchild only knows me from the voice over the phone or a short SkypeTM or FacetimeTM conversation. I don’t want to be remembered as the typical Floridian grandparent they only saw once a year. […]

The Montessori Grandparent Way to Enjoy Some Science-Inquiry Time Together

The Montessori Grandparent Way to Enjoy Some Science-Inquiry Time Together

t was time again for my annual weekend visit with Blakely Jayne, my oldest granddaughter (she’ll turn four at the end of March). Each year since she was born, my son-in-law ventures down from Rochester, New York to Sarasota, Florida, where I live. While he plays golf with his granddad, I get special time with […]

First-Time Grandparenting

First-Time Grandparenting

his past year several of my Montessori colleagues and friends became first- time grandparents. What a special gift they have all received. As Montessori guides, administrators, and practitioners what a gift they bring to the table. Because Montessori taught us all to be keen observers and to not rush in and “do” for children when […]

How, What, and Why We Say What We Say

How, What, and Why We Say What We Say

ongratulations, your grandchildren attend a Montessori school. And now, by virtue of association, you are part of a global community. A whole new set of guidelines, terms and ways to act around your grandchildren have been introduced, which, can be very confusing if you are not Montessori trained. It’s not just a learning method; it […]

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Webinar:  Anticipate, Participate, Cooperate

Webinar: Anticipate, Participate, Cooperate

Being with young children can be a heartwarming experience as well as a challenging one at times. Lorna will explore ways of communicating and responding to them that will allow for independence while avoiding the pitfalls of power struggles and tantrums. The focus will be on expressive and receptive language and some social/emotional development. APC […]

Webinar:  Grandparenting the Montessori Way / Intro

Webinar: Grandparenting the Montessori Way / Intro

In this first session, Montessori grandparent, Margot Garfield-Anderson, and Lorna McGrath explore commitment, communication, boundaries, common values with regard to being a grandparent. It is a great introduction to other sessions in the series that will be more specific topics like activities, setting up the physical environment, etc.

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Webinar:  Grandparenting:  How, What, Why We Speak

Webinar: Grandparenting: How, What, Why We Speak

Margot Garfield-Anderson, Montessori Foundation staff and grandparent emeritus – Many a grandparent and parent have probably wondered how Montessori teachers always know the right thing to say at the right time. Join Margot for a look at how they do that and how we can learn to do it, too.

101 Steps to Parenting The Montessori Way

101 Steps to Parenting The Montessori Way

Read about Montessori education and philosophy and how it applies to your child. As a start, read Tomorrow’s Child. We also recommend our books The Montessori Way and How To Raise An Amazing Child. Purchase a copy of The Michael Olaf Catalog(s). These wonderful publications are a clear introduction to Montessori for parents as well […]