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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!

Creating an Inclusive Community for Students with Challenges

Creating an Inclusive Community for Students with Challenges

The numbers of students with a variety of behavior and learning challenges are on the rise. In both Montessori and traditional schools and classrooms, school leaders and classroom educators are asking for the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to support these students. The current trend in special education is serving children in inclusive classrooms; […]

Join Ann Epstein, PhD, as she talks about what can be a difficult, even heart wrenching topic. “My child’s teacher has concerns. Oh no!” How can parents and other family members partner with teachers when there is a concern about your child? Dr. Epstein has personal experience as the parent of a deaf child and […]

Self-Calming and Learning Styles – Part 1

Self-Calming and Learning Styles – Part 1

How many times have you heard an adult say to an upset child, “Calm down,” “Just relax,” or “Pull yourself together. It’s not so bad”? Children are not born knowing how to calm themselves when they get emotional. Self-regulating our emotions is a skill to be learned. In part 1, Lorna will define learning styles […]

Montessori at Home: The Adult Prepared Environment

Montessori at Home: The Adult Prepared Environment

Your child’s Montessori guide spends a tremendous amount of time planning and organizing the classroom. Modifications and adjustments are sometimes done daily, depending upon the need. When you step into a Montessori classroom you might be awestruck by the highly organized, simple beauty of the room. Here children are given some of their first lessons […]

An Education for Life: What Children Really Get Out of Montessori

An Education for Life: What Children Really Get Out of Montessori

When we try to define what our children really “get” from Montessori, we need to expand our vision to include more than just the basics. Of course they learn to read, do four-digit mathematics, recognize geometric shapes, and identify the parts of a plant and a mollusk. They also learn how to be a contributing […]

Courageous Conversations Between Parents and Teachers

Courageous Conversations Between Parents and Teachers

The purpose of Courageous Conversation between parents and teachers is to create a safe space for meaningful dialogue about issues regarding children. The desired end is to understand each other’s perspective and work together to best serve the child. We know that this is not always a one step, quick-fix, but rather a complicated process […]

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 […]

Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

From helping your child understand friendships, to the importance of family values and beliefs, to those “big” questions about the world or current events, having a Hard Conversation with your son or daughter can be really challenging for all of us. Having some knowledge of developmental stages, some clues for understanding what your child really […]

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 […]

Maintaining Teachers’ Enthusiasm: Why Parents Should Help The Child

Maintaining Teachers’ Enthusiasm: Why Parents Should Help The Child

Montessori guides are highly skilled and trained professionals, so why do many parents ask: “Why do they need to attend conferences?” After all, it’s an inconvenience for the parent if the school has to be closed down to allow for travel and participation.  There are several compelling reasons for parents to encourage and support teachers […]

Webcast: Helping Montessori Schools Understand Autism and Executive Functionin

Webcast: Helping Montessori Schools Understand Autism and Executive Functionin

In this week’s webinar Maria Eva Chaffin and Brynn Rangel gave an overview about Autism and how to meet the needs of students with Autism