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January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

There is a wonderful phenomenon that happens when children come back to school after the winter break. It is the great pleasure of being back in the routine of everyday living which allows children to focus and move forward in their growth. Christine will share some of her observations of the classroom at the Primary […]

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January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

Reading Alive!

When you embody the story, when you can feel excited and curious and delighted, the child cannot help but be brought in, too! All you need is a little bravery and a good helping of enthusiasm. Join Caitlin Roper for some wonderful,important tips for great story telling.

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

Story Time: the Last 20 Minutes of the Day

Bedtime is far more than ‘just story time’. It is a time when our kids are integrating the experiences of their day and transitioning between brain states and brain functions. How we engage with them during the last 20 minutes impacts their esteem, self-worth, and confidence in the morning. Listen in on this conversation around […]

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Talking to Smart Speakers

In this session we discuss our changing world, how humans adapt, and opportunities for thoughtful communication, specifically related to “Smart Speakers.” Maria Montessori developed a part of the curriculum called Grace and Courtesy. Many schools do not emphasize this aspect of learning as we do in Montessori schools. As Montessori said, “…education should be preparation […]

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

What Did You Do at School Today?

So,your three year old is off to school for the first time and you’re very excited. You want to know what she did and who she met and what the teachers were like. So you ask. Your child either looks at you like you have two heads and says nothing or maybe responds with, “I […]

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

Linking Science at Home and Science at School

Kelly Johnson is a talented writer, artist, and naturalist who also happens to be a Montessori certified elementary teacher. She has written two outstanding books, “Wings,Worms and Wonder” and “Wonder and Wander” that link home and school activities for discovering the awesomeness of our natural world. In this session she will share some activities from […]

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

How Do You Get Your Child to Read Books?

You’ve probably seen the cartoon with two parents and their two children sitting on a park bench together. One parent and her child have phones in their hands and the other parent and his child have books in their hands. The question from the parent with the phone is, How do you get your child […]

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

Turning Down the Heat on Power Struggles

Do you feel like there are persons in your family that you are constantly being challenged by, you are battling with about every little thing, or you are just plain angry with? In this session Lorna will take participants through an awareness of feelings associated with power struggles, an understanding of the effects of power […]

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January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

How Do You Handle Anger?

Anger is a natural reaction to being wronged. But society tells us anger is dangerous and we should hide it or “positive think” it away. Yet, if anger is harnessed correctly, it can create positive change. Kath will share ideas for good. Parents can use her ideas when they are feeling the need to control […]

Math Without Workbooks

In this session, “Math Without Workbooks,” Cheryl Allen shares many opportunities for practicing math which are right there in front of us in our everyday lives if we just take advantage of them. Hands-on experiences help children internalize concepts that might otherwise seem difficult to understand or unimportant to them. In addition to great ideas […]

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

Transitioning to Secondary

Kristi Antczak and Lorna McGrath each have two children who have moved to Secondary programs. In this session they will each talk to you about their experiences with this important transition for their children. They will give you tips for smooth transitions, pitfalls that may happen, and choices to be made. You’ll want to attend […]