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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 […]

Nutritionist Jan Katzen’s  Brainy Breakfast for Kids

Nutritionist Jan Katzen’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, […]

Food Balancing and the Staying Power of Eating

Food Balancing and the Staying Power of Eating

Editor’s Note: This is a snippet from Jan’s book along with a graph from Ellyn Satter that illustrates her point. In her book, Jan provides meal mapping exercises and samples for further explanation. This information demonstrates the impact sugar and carbs can have on your young learner. et’s begin with Ellyn Satter, an authority on […]

The Bridge between Happy Families and Healthy Communities

The Bridge between Happy Families and Healthy Communities

We have been able to implement a number of strategies already into our school, including yoga, sensory-integration techniques, emotional expression through art, and creative relaxation through breathing and visualization. aria Montessori advocated the critical importance of early childhood development. We recognize this in the structure of her philosophy in classrooms and in life outside school […]

Pychological Evaluations: What does it all mean?

Pychological Evaluations: What does it all mean?

was recently asked to do a psychological evaluation for a child at a Montessori school. Many believe that it is incongruent for one to get testing while going to a Montessori school. After all, the myth is that Montessori schools have no curriculum and don’t even require tests in their school. But, this is actually […]

The Opposite of Play

The Opposite of Play

We all know that play is good for children. But research shows that it is integral to the development of their brains and that human beings are, in fact, designed by nature, to flourish through play. One Montessori myth is that Montessori students are not encouraged...
Webinar: Montessori & Children with Learning Disabilities

Webinar: Montessori & Children with Learning Disabilities

Lorna McGrath and Tim Seldin spoke with Montessori Mom, Ann-Mari DeCilis.

Webinar: Let’s Get Grounded Breathing Techniques

Webinar: Let’s Get Grounded Breathing Techniques

A conversation with Hillary Drinkell – Healthy breathing is the foundation to our physical and mental wellness. Last time Hillary was our guest she shared breath techniques for grounding. In this session she shared several other breath techniques. Students, teachers and parents can easily learn how to affect positive changes in their mind-body systems this […]

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? That is the Question

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? That is the Question

ith so much controversy surrounding the safety of childhood inoculations, it is difficult for parents to come up with a sound decision as to what is best for their child. While we have long believed that vaccinations are not only suggested, but are often required,depending on state regulations, new data questions the effects that such […]

Montessori Helps Dad Recover / One Family’s Story

n November of 1974, young father and husband Herk Exline was just launching into a career in the family printing business, and the dreams of a parent of a blossoming ten-month-old daughter who was the “apple of his eye.” His wife, Kris, had just learned that they would be having a second child in June. […]

TV or Not TV: That is the Question

TV or Not TV: That is the Question

All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.—Blaise Pascal (1623 -1662) “I can tell you exactly the year that my students changed,” my college professor told our class in the 1970’s.  “I’d ask a question and nobody made any attempt to answer it.  They thought they were watching […]