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What do Montessori children do in all day Montessori programs?

hat do Montessori children do all day? Simple. They do what they feel like doing, within the same reasonable limits that define the culture of the classrooms in the morning. When they are hungry, they eat. When tired, they sleep. They may read, write, paint or draw. They may work in the garden, watch the […]

Book Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Book Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Set in 2002, a year after the tragedy of 9/11, A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a novel with willful political significance. Author Tahereh Mafi tries very hard to bridge a gap between two people who theoretically come from different worlds. She does this through the […]

Book Review: Literally

Book Review: Literally

Literally by Lucy Keating Have you ever read a book about falling in love? You may be wondering what that even means. Well, that’s what I  thought when I first picked up the book Literally by Lucy Keating.  Annabelle’s life is something out of a fairytale. She has a perfect home in sunny California, a […]

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie— My children are not always nice to each other, and they sometimes admit they have been unkind to others at school or on play dates as well. I want them to learn to be kind and respectful. I have been expecting them to say “I’m sorry” when they act in this manner, such […]

Montessori Grandparenting: Let’s Do An Experiment

Montessori Grandparenting: Let’s Do An Experiment

My very enthusiastic 6-year-old granddaughter, Aubrey, is very into experiments. She’s a Kindergarten student and her love of learning is made evident by her desire to try to learn new things outside her classroom. And, let’s face it, she knows I’m all in on anything she wants to try out when I’m there for a […]

63 Fun Questions to Get Your Kid Talking

63 Fun Questions to Get Your Kid Talking

Children ask questions—lots of questions. But you can turn the tables! Here are 63 fun suggestions to get a conversation started. Kids ask a lot of questions. Sometimes the questions repeat themselves. Most of the time we’ve answered them over and over. And let’s be honest, we’ve been known to ignore one or two here and […]

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior.” (Montessori, 1988, p.202) Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration is the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major […]

Montessori Early Childhood & The Three-Year Cycle Of Primary

Montessori Early Childhood & The Three-Year Cycle Of Primary

In Montessori Primary communities the children are referred to as first years, second years, and third years. The children are on a journey that is designed to take three years. The newest two-and-a-half to three-year-old children are considered first years. The first years have never been in Primary before. Children who complete that first year […]

Using he Montessori method To Build The Whole Child

Using he Montessori method To Build The Whole Child

The Montessori method develops the child’s disposition and attitude, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Children’s learning is reflected in the level of motivation and interest they show in their work, and in their ability to concentrate and finish what they start. Children are scientists and have a tendency to explore their world. They learn about who they […]

Thoughts on the New Year

Thoughts on the New Year

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” —Mother Teresa Out with the old; in with the new—year, that is. What will be different this year, this week, this day, or this moment? If you feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and, like Alice, […]

Book Review: The Hunger Games

Book Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins This book might as well be glued to your hands because it is so suspenseful that it is practically impossible to put down. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will take your breath away with all of its action and suspense. The story follows Katniss who nominated herself to […]

Book Review: The Kite Runner

Book Review: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini  The Kite Runner is a historical fiction novel that provides a remarkable perspective on the struggles of Afghanistan that have been neglected for too long. It is written by Khaled Hosseini and takes place in Afghanistan, spanning the period from before the 1979 Soviet invasion to the fall of […]

Transforming Your Parent-Teacher Relationship Through Courageous Conversation

Transforming Your Parent-Teacher Relationship Through Courageous Conversation

Education requires parents, teacher, and child to work together in cooperation. A weakness in any of these decreases the efficiency of others while inhibiting the development of the child.”  —Maria Montessori Courageous Conversation occurs when people come to a conversation with a deep concern for human welfare, values, and dignity. It exists as people say […]