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What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

So many adults are always telling children to, “Be careful.” What message are children getting about the world? Lorna has some ideas about the message and how to change that message into more empowering thoughts and build problem-solving skills.

Clutter and Anxiety Go Hand-in-Hand

I literally cannot get down to work and concentrate when I am surrounded by a desk full of stuff or a room with clothes strewn all over it. It just starts to make me crazy or, at the very least, distracted. And I consider myself to be a relatively low key, easy going type person. […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Grace and Courtesy: Building New Skills

We have heard many people say that they have noticed declining civility in public discourse in recent years. Yet, learning how to meet our needs in ways that are constructive, and developing the ability to listen and respond well to others, takes practice (as well as patient instruction). These valuable skills can help our children […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

There is a wonderful phenomenon that happens when children come back to school after the winter break. It is the great pleasure of being back in the routine of everyday living which allows children to focus and move forward in their growth. Christine will share some of her observations of the classroom at the Primary […]

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What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Reading Alive!

When you embody the story, when you can feel excited and curious and delighted, the child cannot help but be brought in, too! All you need is a little bravery and a good helping of enthusiasm. Join Caitlin Roper for some wonderful,important tips for great story telling.

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

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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Talking to Smart Speakers

In this session we discuss our changing world, how humans adapt, and opportunities for thoughtful communication, specifically related to “Smart Speakers.” Maria Montessori developed a part of the curriculum called Grace and Courtesy. Many schools do not emphasize this aspect of learning as we do in Montessori schools. As Montessori said, “…education should be preparation […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

What Did You Do at School Today?

So,your three year old is off to school for the first time and you’re very excited. You want to know what she did and who she met and what the teachers were like. So you ask. Your child either looks at you like you have two heads and says nothing or maybe responds with, “I […]

The First Days of School

The First Days of School

ontessori schools throughout the world share having a first day of school in common. Adults also share the range of emotions that accompany these early days. Excitement, anticipation, promise, hopes, and dreams abound. On the other hand, impatience, uncertainty, and stress are also universal emotions that children and parents experience. Everyone involved (children, parents, teachers, […]

The Making of Maria Montessori: The Musical

The Making of Maria Montessori: The Musical

i, my name is Mark Woodward, and I am a composer, songwriter, and the Music Director at Montessori Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee. Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of conceiving and writing Maria Montessori: The Musical. It tells Maria’s story from childhood to age 36, when the miracle of the Casa […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Linking Science at Home and Science at School

Kelly Johnson is a talented writer, artist, and naturalist who also happens to be a Montessori certified elementary teacher. She has written two outstanding books, “Wings,Worms and Wonder” and “Wonder and Wander” that link home and school activities for discovering the awesomeness of our natural world. In this session she will share some activities from […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

How Do You Get Your Child to Read Books?

You’ve probably seen the cartoon with two parents and their two children sitting on a park bench together. One parent and her child have phones in their hands and the other parent and his child have books in their hands. The question from the parent with the phone is, How do you get your child […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Why Can’t I Bring Toys?

Have you ever been in any of these situations with your children: trying to get out of the house on time without a tantrum, grocery shopping and getting into a battle with your child about buying something she wants but it’s not on the list, putting toys away before going to bed without a 30 […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Mom, I Made My Own Lunch!

Summer break is a great time to help children learn to make their own lunches. Christine will walk you through a “lesson” on teaching your child to prepare her/his own lunch for school. She will also offer ideas for setting up your kitchen “environment” so your child can be independent, for helping your child plan […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Turning Down the Heat on Power Struggles

Do you feel like there are persons in your family that you are constantly being challenged by, you are battling with about every little thing, or you are just plain angry with? In this session Lorna will take participants through an awareness of feelings associated with power struggles, an understanding of the effects of power […]

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What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Summer Ideas for Families

Summertime is perfect for continued learning opportunities with your child. Bring Montessori home with you this summer and keep the learning fun. Kristi shares suggestions for preparing a Montessori-friendly indoor as well as outdoor environment, reinforcing language and phonetic skills, and observing your child to better understand what they are interested in and how they […]

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