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My Childs Teacher Has Concerns

My Childs Teacher Has Concerns

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: Me…Jane

Book Review: Me…Jane

Me…Jane written by Patrick McDonnell This is a great little book about Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE and her interests and dreams when she was growing up. The story shows that dreams can be made real with interest and perseverance. The illustrations are cartoon-like until the very last page where the author inserts a beautiful photo […]

Book Review: Joy Fixes for Weary Parents

Book Review: Joy Fixes for Weary Parents

Joy Fixes for Weary Parents by Erin Leyba, PhD This book is for anyone who is caring for and nurturing a family at any age along the way. It is easy to pick up and read one or more of the 101 ideas for building and sustaining relationships. Each of the ideas is two to […]

Book Review: Ice Whale

Book Review: Ice Whale

Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George Did you know that certain types of whales can live to be 200 years old? Scientists have recorded and tracked the lives of many whales and found this to be true. The Ice Whale is a wonderful story for students at the Upper Elementary level. It brings in some […]

Book Review: Henry Helps with the Laundry

Book Review: Henry Helps with the Laundry

Henry Helps with the Laundry by Beth Bracken illustrated by Ailie Busby Henry Helps with the Laundry is one in a series of books that describe how a young child can be involved in family life from laundry to planting a garden to cleaning his room and more. As you read these stories with your […]

DEAR CATHIE

DEAR CATHIE

Dear Cathie— We are new to the Montessori philosophy and want to make the most of it in our family and our children’s lives. We have come to this a bit late, as we just moved to an area with a Montessori school. We have enrolled both of our children and are trying to...
Postpartum Depression  … in Dads

Postpartum Depression … in Dads

When it comes to postpartum depression, which (by the way) is a very real thing, our minds naturally go to the effect of this condition on moms, but a recent article in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) suggests that depression among new dads is almost as likely in new dads. While postpartum […]

Montessori 101: How to Observe in a Montessori Environment

Montessori 101: How to Observe in a Montessori Environment

There are many people who may wish to observe a Montessori class in session. These include current parents of children in the school, those looking at enrolling a child, students, school leaders observing as part of staff evaluation or support, peer-to-peer observations, or a multitude of outsiders who may be interested in seeing how a […]

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 […]

Irresistible Learning: Woodwork in Early Childhood Education

Irresistible Learning: Woodwork in Early Childhood Education

Anyone who has witnessed young children tinkering away with tools in the woodworking area will know just how magical it can be. While absorbed in constructing, children display extraordinary levels of concentration and engagement. Encompassing many aspects of the curriculum, the benefits of woodwork for children’s development are evident across all areas of learning. Woodwork […]