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The Wonder of Woodwork

Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

Lorna McGrath and Margot Garfield-Anderson share ideas for cultivating and/or maintaining emotionally healthy families. Together we will weave our way through Covid-19, the summer of 2020, social unrest, and political campaigns, all of which provoke strong emotions. Whether you and your family have gotten a bit off course or whether you are holding on for […]

Helping Parents Help Themselves

Helping Parents Help Themselves

The Montessori Foundation, in cooperation with a collaborative set up in mid-March, of this year, is striving to help parents figure out ways to deal with the new reality of Covid 19. For many, you are working from home for the first time. How do you manage your time...
Favorite Books for All Ages

Favorite Books for All Ages

Editorial note: Lorna McGrath is the Montessori Foundation’s Montessori Family Alliance Director. We asked her to compile a list of her favorite books, by age grouping for parents to read with their children, have their children read for themselves, and for parents to enjoy. Some libraries may have a selection available in digital format. Happy […]

MEANINGFUL WORK: HOMESTYLE

MEANINGFUL WORK: HOMESTYLE

A helpful worksheet to help you help your children feel a sense of purpose at home provided by Christine Lowry, M.Ed. Daily ResponsibilitiesFor ages 2 and up Make your bed Put your dirty clothes in the hamper or laundry room Put shoes away Put your personal items away—toys, books, self-care items, etc. Get dressed Wash […]

Pandemic Strategies: Family Meetings

Pandemic Strategies: Family Meetings

During the first weeks of the pandemic, The Montessori Foundation began to hold free zoom meetings for parents struggling with a variety of issues.Here is a short review of the Montessori Parent Gathering from April 4, 2020. The presenter was Lorna McGrath, Director...
Strategies for Montessori Home Learning

Strategies for Montessori Home Learning

Review: The World in the Palm of Her HandBy Tim Seldinclick to purchase For parents who want some actual scripting on working with their children at home, we recommend this book. I used it on many occasions with my four granddaughters and they enjoyed the activities...
Table Washing: Why do Montessori Students Spend So Much Time Washing Tables?

Table Washing: Why do Montessori Students Spend So Much Time Washing Tables?

Editor’s Note: If we had a dollar for every time a skeptical parent has questioned the amount of time their young Montessori child spends washing tables …In 2007, Robin Howe (now Robin Howe, EdD) was just starting out his his career as a Montessori teacher at a charter school in Florida. This article originally appeared […]

Help! Too Much Information: How Do I Know What to Trust?

Help! Too Much Information: How Do I Know What to Trust?

Wow, has our world changed! ow, we’re working from home—still full time, and still expected to get our job done with confidence and competence. And then, oh yes, the children are home and no childcare or school to fill their day. But wait, and I am supposed to teach them and set up a Montessori […]

Spotlight on School Accreditation Commissioners

Spotlight on School Accreditation Commissioners

The IMC expresses it’s thanks to Claire Salkowski for her many years of service to the school accreditation commission. While she will continue her work on the IMC board, Claire is stepping down from the commission. We wish her well and thank her for all she’s done for the commission. CLAIRE SALKOWSKI has been involved […]

Education Needs a Radical Change

Education Needs a Radical Change

fter recently watching a film about the life of Jane Goodall, and then reading a recent interview with her, I was struck by her stark observations regarding the state of our planet—in terms of climate change, the disappearance of species, the destruction of forests, the melting glaciers, the pollution of the oceans, the desperate plight […]