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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 […]

Motivating Adolescent Students: With Practical Life Experiences

Motivating Adolescent Students: With Practical Life Experiences

“The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence.” —Maria Montessori What motivates adolescents to do their best work? Most would agree that programs that support student interests and provide high challenges and skills, thinking combined with acting, freedom combined with […]

An Unlikely Gift:  How An Empty Bottle Filled My Heart

An Unlikely Gift: How An Empty Bottle Filled My Heart

It was the last day of school. I had taken my place by the front door where I have been every morning for the last 10 years, greeting the students as they arrive for class. This day, the excitement was in the air. Children were tumbling out of their cars with flowers, gift bags, and […]

Reaching for Peace

Reaching for Peace

Mary Helen Abel will share her experiences and inspiration for this artistic children’s peace project. She will explain how she went about putting the project together and the materials needed including a small item for the children to take home.  She collaborated  with a family in the school who owned a business in the local […]

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. […]

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 […]

Know Your Senses Know Yourself

Know Your Senses Know Yourself

Looking 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 […]

Woodworking 101 for Children 3-6 Yrs. Old

Have you ever thought about allowing your 3-6 year old to use real tools and wood to create sculptures or toys? And then were your next thoughts, “Oh no. It’s too dangerous,” “She’s too young,” or “I have no idea where to start.” If any or all of those things have gone through your head, […]

Wonder-filled Year of Change: 2 to 3 Years Old

Wonder-filled Year of Change: 2 to 3 Years Old

What? Wonder-filled? Did you think, “What could be wonder-filled about the TERRIBLE TWO’S?” If you are struggling with your two-year old or you are about to celebrate your child’s second birthday, this session with Lorna will give you insights about two-year old behavior, how they are changing during the year from 2 to 3, success […]