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Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

We’ll look at how Montessori meets the basic needs for security/safety, love/belonging, freedom/choice, fun/enjoyment, power/competence, meaning /purpose. Then how we can reduce behavior problems when we meet these needs among others, both at school and at home.

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

Choosing the Right Montessori School for Your Family

So you have decided that the Montessori system of education is a good fit for your family. Now, how do you decide which Montessori school is the best for your child and your family. We will discuss the essentials of Montessori, and the questions and information you need to make this important choice.

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

When Is Your Child Ready for Montessori?

Making the decision to send your young child (infant-kindergarten) to school  can be difficult. How do you know she is ready? What is the right program and is it going to be a good fit for your family? Join us to find some of the signs that let us know when a child ready to […]

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

Webinar: Toddlers in the Garden: a Grandparent’s Perspective

Join Lorna McGrath, Program Director of the Montessori Family Alliance, for “Toddlers in the Garden: a Grandparent’s Perspective.” Have you ever wondered what to do when a special child comes to visit? Lorna has! Whether your space is small or large or somewhere in between she will share ideas for creating an outdoor space in […]

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

Webinar: Grand Ideas for Grandparenting

There are so many experiences that grandparents can provide for their grandchildren that don’t involve technology, theme parks, expensive toys, etc. Duna provides easy and fun suggestions for grandparents when the grandchildren are around!

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

Webinar: 8 Tips for Letting Your Child Fail Gracefully

No one wants their child to fail. However, sometimes experiencing not doing something perfectly the first time, learning from experience, or having the courage to try something new or challenging comes from developing determination and perseverance. Kathryn gives us great advice on how to allow failure to be a motivator rather than a discouragement.

Book Review:  Baby Animals & Things That Go

Book Review: Baby Animals & Things That Go

Baby Animals and Things That Go!by Amy Pixton & Stephan Lomp hese two little books cannot be torn, they don’t fall apart if they get wet, and can be cleaned without damaging the pages. I particularly enjoyed Baby Animals because the pages are not cluttered with too many illustrations for young eyes. I also loved […]

Book Review:  Respecting Babies – A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach

Book Review: Respecting Babies – A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach

Respecting Babies:  A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach by Ruth Anne Hammond have been a big proponent of the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach to caring for infants and toddlers, and now we have Ruth Hammond taking a new look at the method. It’s refreshing, renewing, and reminding all of us of […]

Book Review:  Baby Massage / The Calming Power of Touch

Book Review: Baby Massage / The Calming Power of Touch

Baby Massage: The Calming Power of TouchBy Dr. Alan Heath and
Nicki Bainbridge
 his a great little book for parents of newborn babies and older. It’s the kind of book I wish I had when my children were born. I actually did have a baby massage book but it wasn’t as easy to learn the steps […]

Book Review:  Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Book Review: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Story by Eric Litwin
Art by James Dean
(creator of Pete the Cat) hat a cute story for young ones! The story writer throws in a song which repeats as the buttons pop, some rhyming, and a little subtraction lesson as well. Oh, and, the lesson: things come and […]

Book Review:  My First Baby Signs

Book Review: My First Baby Signs

By Phil Conigliaro and Tae Won Yu his is a sweet little board book that can be read to babies as early as six months old. It has pull tabs to make the signs for eight basic words that babies can use to express their needs and wants often before they can speak. Remember when […]

Book Review: A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon

Book Review: A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon

By Audrey Penn Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson his is a little board book with a whimsical story about a young raccoon who doesn’t want to leave his mommy and go to school. Mom kisses Chester’s palm and tells him that he’ll always have her with him. He can hold his palm to his cheek […]

Book Review: Miss You Like Crazy

Book Review: Miss You Like Crazy

Miss You Like Crazy Written by Pamela Hall Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell his is another nicely illustrated, fanciful story. The main characters are squirrels–a mother and child. They are dressed in human clothes, they speak as humans, and they do human things like going to work and going to school. The idea of the […]

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 […]