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What’s Nutrition Got to Do With It?

What’s Nutrition Got to Do With It?

he Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines “Social Determinants of Health” as: “Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.” These conditions are known as social determinants of health (SDOH). Logic dictates that people who live below the poverty level face many […]

Mom, I Made My Own Lunch!

Mom, I Made My Own Lunch!

Summer break is a great time to help children learn to make their own lunches. Christine will walk you through a “lesson” on teaching your child to prepare her/his own lunch for school. She will also offer ideas for setting up your kitchen “environment” so your child can be independent, for helping your child plan […]

Mom, I Made My Own Lunch!

Parenting in the Digital Age

One of our greatest challenges in the 21st century is how to help children navigate technology responsibly. In this session Cheryl Allen and Dr. Nora Faris discuss the potentials and the pitfalls of parenting during the digital age. Join us to learn about strategies for guiding our children through today’s digital world.

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 […]