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Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Abstract At Indian Harbour Montessori, the study of ecosystems through the construction of Biome Pyramids offers learners many opportunities in the upper elementary Montessori classroom by connecting teamwork, organization, research, science, geography, art, geometry, hands-on building, computer skills, and public speaking. Working in teams, our students select a biome anywhere in the world. They research […]

What Can Be Worse Than Eating Too Much Sugar? SUGAR WITHDRAWAL!

What Can Be Worse Than Eating Too Much Sugar? SUGAR WITHDRAWAL!

After two weeks of implementing dietary changes, many families come to their follow-up appointment, and the news is NOT good. “My child’s mood and behavior are worse than ever! He’s eating more protein, fat, real food, and definitely a lot less sugar.” When families can make it through the meltdowns, moodiness, and extreme ‘attitude’ associated […]

Confessions of a Sugar Addict: Keeping a Food Journal

Confessions of a Sugar Addict: Keeping a Food Journal

Those who know me know that I avoid, and advocate that children should avoid sugar. “If it were up to me, all meals would begin and end with dessert.” Yup, these were my words and sometimes, even today I have been known to utter them. I have always been addicted to sugar. My entire life […]

10 Practical Life Skills To Teach Your Child By Age 10

10 Practical Life Skills To Teach Your Child By Age 10

1.Doing the Laundry When your first-year college student arrives home with his dirty laundry, it’s too late! My grandsons (ages 5 and 6) account for 99 percent of the family laundry. Do they do anything (ANYTHING!) to help? NO! According to an online article on parenting.com, you can begin educating your child in the laundry […]

Nutritionist Jan’s  Brainy Breakfast for Kids

Nutritionist Jan’s Brainy Breakfast for Kids

hen I began my career as a Montessori educator decades ago, I had no idea that what a child ate (or didn’t eat) for breakfast could dictate the difference between inattention, chaos, grumpiness, status quo, and excellence in classroom achievement. Nor did I know that my students would inspire me to change careers. Attention, learning, […]

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 […]

Montessori 101: Education… For Infants?

Montessori 101: Education… For Infants?

hildren are astonishing in the sense that their minds are like an ever-growing, expanding, and curious wonder. When parents think of education for their child, it is a surprise that education can start as soon as right after birth! Even more surprising is that education can expand beyond the ABC’s and 123’s. Education, such as […]

Back-to-school safety: Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

Back-to-school safety: Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen was joined by Kate Carr, a child safety expert, to kick off Back to School Checklist, a special Rossen Reports series with tips to keep your kids safe this school year. Bulging backpacks: Big backpacks bulging with books are “causing more injuries: neck, back, shoulders, knees even,” Carr says. […]

Easy, Tasty & Good-for-You Lunches

Easy, Tasty & Good-for-You Lunches

et’s all make a pact this school year. Let’s try to become more proactive in the foods we serve to our children and other family members. We know, it’s convenient to open up that box, tear open the seasoning packet, and pour it into the “whatever” you have to boil. These foods are loaded with […]

No More Packed School Lunches

No More Packed School Lunches

lipping the pattern of thinking, so that meal preparation, meal-time, and cleanup are essential lessons in Practical Life and Grace and Courtesy Often, school meals, along with the associated cooking and cleaning, are regarded as an intrusion on the school day. What is required is to flip this pattern of thinking over, to see meal […]

Little Children + Herb Garden Activities = Big Nature Connections

Little Children + Herb Garden Activities = Big Nature Connections

xperiential learning is amazing at any age, but watching young children sensorially explore the herb garden is like tapping into pure wonder. Children approach the herbs with curiosity, the way only a beginner can. It is a gift to share these first experiences, especially when tasting is involved, since oral exploration is inherent in the […]