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Grandparenting in the Elementary Years: Planting Seeds for Learning

Grandparenting in the Elementary Years: Planting Seeds for Learning

In this session, Margot Garfield-Anderson, grandparent extraordinaire, shares ways that she has been able to plant seeds of learning through projects and everyday activities. Also, she describes how easy and important it is to help in your grandchild’s classroom if you wish to. There are some really terrific ideas in this session!

Creating an Inclusive Community for Students with Challenges

Creating an Inclusive Community for Students with Challenges

The numbers of students with a variety of behavior and learning challenges are on the rise. In both Montessori and traditional schools and classrooms, school leaders and classroom educators are asking for the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to support these students. The current trend in special education is serving children in inclusive classrooms; […]

Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Abstract At Indian Harbour Montessori, the study of ecosystems through the construction of Biome Pyramids offers learners many opportunities in the upper elementary Montessori classroom by connecting teamwork, organization, research, science, geography, art, geometry, hands-on building, computer skills, and public speaking. Working in teams, our students select a biome anywhere in the world. They research […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

An Education for Life: What Children Really Get Out of Montessori

An Education for Life: What Children Really Get Out of Montessori

When we try to define what our children really “get” from Montessori, we need to expand our vision to include more than just the basics. Of course they learn to read, do four-digit mathematics, recognize geometric shapes, and identify the parts of a plant and a mollusk. They also learn how to be a contributing […]

Recycling  in the  21st Century

Recycling in the 21st Century

Reduce, reuse, recycle is a common theme in a Montessori classroom. We teach the different categories of recyclable materials and have students sort paper, plastic, and metal. We use real cutlery and plates over plastic and paper products. We encourage students to bring reusable water bottles and discuss with them the environmental impact of plastic […]

Courageous Conversations Between Parents and Teachers

Courageous Conversations Between Parents and Teachers

The purpose of Courageous Conversation between parents and teachers is to create a safe space for meaningful dialogue about issues regarding children. The desired end is to understand each other’s perspective and work together to best serve the child. We know that this is not always a one step, quick-fix, but rather a complicated process […]

Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

From helping your child understand friendships, to the importance of family values and beliefs, to those “big” questions about the world or current events, having a Hard Conversation with your son or daughter can be really challenging for all of us. Having some knowledge of developmental stages, some clues for understanding what your child really […]

Hard Conversations with Your Children Part 1

From helping your child understand bedtime, to the importance of family chores, to those “big” questions about the world or current events, having a Hard Conversation with your son or daughter can be really challenging for all of us. Having some knowledge of developmental stages, some clues for understanding what your child really needs to […]

Maintaining Teachers’ Enthusiasm: Why Parents Should Help The Child

Maintaining Teachers’ Enthusiasm: Why Parents Should Help The Child

Montessori guides are highly skilled and trained professionals, so why do many parents ask: “Why do they need to attend conferences?” After all, it’s an inconvenience for the parent if the school has to be closed down to allow for travel and participation.  There are several compelling reasons for parents to encourage and support teachers […]