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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 […]

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: 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 […]