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Book Review: Pretty in Punxsutawney

Book Review: Pretty in Punxsutawney

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton Pretty in Punxsutawney is about a girl named Andie who finds herself stuck repeating her first day of the senior year after moving to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Upon discovering her phenomenon, she believes that she has to have her “true love’s kiss” to break the spell. As Andie continues […]

Book Review: Feed

Book Review: Feed

Feed –by M.T. Anderson Feed by M.T. Anderson is a thrilling dystopian sci-fi novel where anything you want to watch, anything you want to buy, anything you want to know, anyone you want to talk to, is just one thought away. This is a reality for Titus and his teenage friends because of the Feed. […]

Webcast: How Montessori Builds Brains And Why It Matters

Webcast: How Montessori Builds Brains And Why It Matters

Webcast: Building Brains With Kathy Leitch and Michael Dorer

My Montessori Journey

My Montessori Journey

As parents, we all want the best education for our children. But what does that mean? What does that look like? For me, it means having access to the teachings and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We have three children, ages 10, 7, and 4. They are all unique; all with their own personalities, special […]

Grandparenting in the Elementary Years: Planting Seeds for Learning

Grandparenting in the Elementary Years: Planting Seeds for Learning

In this session, Margot Garfield-Anderson, grandparent extraordinaire, shares ways that she has been able to plant seeds of learning through projects and everyday activities. Also, she describes how easy and important it is to help in your grandchild’s classroom if you wish to. There are some really terrific ideas in this session!

Book Review: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters

Book Review: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama illustrated by Loren Long This father starts the letter to his daughters by telling them what a joy they are to him. Then he moves on to encourage them about characteristics and talents that he sees in them. He highlights Americans who have also […]

Five Ways to Instill the Love of Reading

Five Ways to Instill the Love of Reading

When I was 15, I moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina at the beginning of summer. I had no friends and was so bored. My mom, seeing my boredom, took me to the Library off Rea Road to check out some books. I wasn’t an avid reader but was willing to do anything! I came […]

The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

As an educator and parent, I saw a need for children to have an outlet to explore and develop emotional and social sensitivity. We created ClayMatesTM in a direct response to this need as we now live in an age of overwhelming distractions from media, technology, and entertainment, we see a generation of children who […]

The Cultured Child

The Cultured Child

“You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.” —Strickland Gillian Cuddling up with my mother and being read to by her is probably one of my most favorite memories of my childhood; and well past the […]

The Power of Story Time

The Power of Story Time

Storytime provides many extraordinary benefits for children and is often a classroom favorite, while we as educators are pleased to watch children develop their imagination, vocabulary, and reading skills. Perhaps, the most memorable aspect of story time is the way that the atmosphere in the classroom softens as silence and excitement arise and a warm […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: The Montessori Approach to Reading, Composition & Literature

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: The Montessori Approach to Reading, Composition & Literature

The process of learning how to read should be as painless and simple as learning how to speak. Montessori begins by placing the youngest students in classes where the older students are already reading. All children want is to “do what the big kids can do,” and, as the intriguing work that absorbs the older […]

Grandparenting in the Elementary Years: Planting Seeds for Learning

Summer Ideas

Are you wondering how to keep your child not only busy during the summer months when school is out, but also keep her learning? Are you worried that if your child is not enrolled in a summer program called “Little Genius’s” or the Center for Brighter Children that your child will be behind when he […]

Objetivos del Segundo Idioma, Métodos Montessori

            Note: This article was originally published in English in Tomorrow’s Child magazine in 2000. Translated by Patricia DeLeon 2018 por M. J. Rosanova, Ph.D. En el Instituto Bilingüe Montessori (MOBI), los niños juegan afuera. Puedo escucharlos afuera de mi ventana. Están cantando y llamándose entre sí en japonés. No, nuestra […]

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

          by M. J. Rosanova, Ph.D. The Montessori Bilingual Institute (MOBI) The children are playing outside. I can hear them outside my window. They’re singing and calling out to each other in Japanese. No, our school isn’t located in Japan. InterCultura Montessori is located in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of […]

Toddlers International Pre-School

Toddlers International Pre-School

NOTE: This is a peak into a developing Montessori school in Nepal in their own words. You may find things in this school that are similar to your school and others that sound distinctly different. There are many threads within the Montessori tapestry. About the School: Toddlers International Pre-School was established in 2012. aiming for […]

Elementary Years

Elementary Years

To inspire academic excellence; nurture curiosity, creativity, and imagination; and awaken the human spirit As children near the end of their kindergarten year in Montessori, many parents struggle with the question of whether or not to keep their children in...
Grandparenting in the Elementary Years: Planting Seeds for Learning

Webinar: Understanding Your Child: Sensitivities Birth to Six Years Old

Children experience “sensitive periods” when they are consumed with a natural desire to develop certain skills or grow in specific areas. This webinar will explore these periods and how you can support your child’s natural, spontaneous development in each domain.

Book Review:  The Name Jar

Book Review: The Name Jar

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi his is a sweet book about friendship and compassion. It is the story of an elementary-age child moving from one country to another, one culture to another, and one language to another. At first, she was embarrassed because she and her name were very different than the children in […]