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Chores, Allowance, and Paid Work – Part 2

Chores, Allowance, and Paid Work – Part 2

Join Christine Lowry for Part 2 of Chores, Allowance,and Paid Work. During this session Christine will share ways that parents can involve their elementary and adolescent children in the life of the family, in managing their money, and earning money from jobs at home as well as out in the larger community.

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Most people think of Montessori Practical Life as scooping and pouring in the Early Childhood years but as Maria Montessori said, “Education should not just be preparation for university, it should be preparation for life.” Cheryl Allen will guide us through activities and ideas for Practical Life during the elementary and adolescent years.

Summer Ideas

Summer Ideas

Are you wondering how to keep your child not only busy during the summer months when school is out, but also keep her learning? Are you worried that if your child is not enrolled in a summer program called “Little Genius’s” or the Center for Brighter Children that your child will be behind when he […]

Push Me, Pull You: What Role Should Parents Play in Advancing Their Child’s Education?

Push Me, Pull You: What Role Should Parents Play in Advancing Their Child’s Education?

A Pushmi-pullyu is a mythical animal created by Hugh Lofting in his children’s stories, a gazelle-unicorn cross, that has two heads at opposing ends of its body and, therefore, can’t make up its mind about which way to go. In past decades, sociologists report that, on average, parents didn’t spend as much time thinking about […]

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie— We have been visiting Montessori schools and considering enrollment for our child. We notice that there is a lot of food work in the classroom. Often, children seem to wander around with food. We have also visited traditional preschools, and they usually have snack altogether. Why is there a difference?  — An enquiring […]

Book Review: The Best Man

Book Review: The Best Man

The Best Man By Richard Peck I really enjoyed this book! It made me laugh. It made me cry! It’s about a boy becoming a young man. Archer tells his own story from elementary school through middle school. He’s one of the lucky ones. He has a family of parents, grandparents, and an uncle that […]

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

Meeting Children’s Needs the Montessori Way

We’ll look at how Montessori meets the basic needs for security/safety, love/belonging, freedom/choice, fun/enjoyment, power/competence, meaning /purpose. Then how we can reduce behavior problems when we meet these needs among others, both at school and at home.

The Value of Asking Questions

The Value of Asking Questions

As children, most of us were raised and schooled with answers and rules. “These are the facts. And here’s how I expect you to behave.” While such adult pronouncements and prescriptives may win a battle of learning and behavior in the moment, they are rarely victorious in the long war of independence. In this week’s […]

Can Montessori Classrooms Accommodate Children with Special Needs?

Can Montessori Classrooms Accommodate Children with Special Needs?

An increasing number of families are looking for options for the inclusion of a special needs child into a typical classroom environment. In this session we’ll discuss the pros and cons associated with a Montessori classroom including class sizes, materials, student independence, multi-age classrooms, school resources and other factors relevant to children who have failed […]

Webinar: Linking Home and Classroom through Nature During the Elementary Years

Webinar: Linking Home and Classroom through Nature During the Elementary Years

Kelly will share ideas for connecting discoveries, explorations, and interests in and with nature at home to the classroom experience. It’s a two-way street from home to classroom and back. Join us to find out how!

Montessori Research Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study

Montessori Research Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study

Quality preschool programs that develop the whole child through age-appropriate, socio-emotional and cognitive skill-building hold promise for significantly improving child outcomes. However, preschool programs tend to either be teacher-led and didactic or else to lack academic content. One preschool model that involves both child-directed, freely chosen activity and academic content are Montessori. Here we report […]

Book Review: 100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World

Book Review: 100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World

100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World By Stella Caldwell, Clare Hibbert, Andrea Mills, and Rona Skene consultant: Philip Parker This is a wonderful resource book for the elementary years at home or at school. As always DK uses engaging illustrations for each of the featured women. The categories for the women include […]

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