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Turn Challenging Behaviors into Positive Partnerships with Your Child

Turn Challenging Behaviors into Positive Partnerships with Your Child

Behavior challenges to our parenting can be stressful in the best of times, but now that we are with our children almost all the time, even smaller challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here’s a conversation with Lorna and Christine as they talk about ways you can find solutions with your child as you partner for […]

Turn Challenging Behaviors into Positive Partnerships with Your Child

Story Time: the Last 20 Minutes of the Day

Bedtime is far more than ‘just story time’. It is a time when our kids are integrating the experiences of their day and transitioning between brain states and brain functions. How we engage with them during the last 20 minutes impacts their esteem, self-worth, and confidence in the morning. Listen in on this conversation around […]

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Webcast Power of Forgiveness

Dr. Fred Luskin, (keynote speaker for our 2019 Annual International Conference) to explore forgiveness with the goal of reducing hurt and helplessness, letting go of anger and increasing confidence and hope as we learn how to release unwanted hurts and grudges. His presentations explore the HEAL process of forgiveness that, when learned, can lead to enhanced […]

Beyond The Numbers Sustaining Equity In Montessori Schools

Research has demonstrated the benefits children gain from attending racially diverse schools. Berends and Penaloza (2010) and Newton (2010), both found that students in diverse schools tended to score higher in math. Benson and Borman (2010), found that literacy scores improved when students attended racially diverse schools. As Montessorians, we know that education cannot be […]

Montessori Teacher Supports For Children With Exceptionalities

Montessori Teacher Supports For Children With Exceptionalities

Supports for children who have special needs have been legally mandated for several decades in the United States. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act became law in 1990 and was updated in 2004.  Public schools must provide Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with documented needs that meet the law’s specified criteria. IEPs identify needed […]

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 […]

The Power Of Forgiveness

The Power Of Forgiveness

New studies look at forgiveness To earn his doctorate in counseling and health psychology from Stanford in 1997, Fred Luskin had to write a dissertation. At the time, Luskin was furious with a friend. To complete his graduation requirement and to cope with the pain, Luskin researched and wrote about forgiveness. “I couldn’t do it. […]

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 […]

Know Your Senses Know Yourself

Know Your Senses Know Yourself

ooking over Lake Pokegama in Northern Minnesota, I was watching the beautiful white sails of the X boats gliding back and forth, propelled forward by their wind-taut sails. Sitting upon a bench above the water, I spent hour after hour tracking the wind and the boats. More than likely I was accompanied by a curmudgeon […]