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Book Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Book Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Set in 2002, a year after the tragedy of 9/11, A Very Large Expanse of Sea is a novel with willful political significance. Author Tahereh Mafi tries very hard to bridge a gap between two people who theoretically come from different worlds. She does this through the […]

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie— My children are not always nice to each other, and they sometimes admit they have been unkind to others at school or on play dates as well. I want them to learn to be kind and respectful. I have been expecting them to say “I’m sorry” when they act in this manner, such […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reaching for Peace

Setting Limits and Making Them Stick!

Do you set limits and then give in? Are you not sure how to set limits? In this session you will learn: • An easy 6 step process to set limits. • How to not crumble after you set the limit. • How to follow through in a way that your child feels understood and […]

Reaching for Peace

Montessori and STEAM Education

In this session Sue Fitzpatrick discusses each of the six interconnected components of STEM that in 2016 the US Department of Education described as key to putting the program into classrooms. She gives actual photos and examples of Montessori students in action for each of the components. Participants will go away with lots more information […]

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Value and Values of Montessori in the 21st Century

What kinds of life skills will your child need to be successful – happy, healthy, and productive – in the 21st century? Beyond facts, figures, and formulas, what will young people need to know to find their way and make their mark in a world which increasingly demands higher order thinking, social intelligence, and self-organizing […]

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

In the Montessori program, mathematics is introduced to children as a world of wonder. Properly offered by Montessori guides, mathematical concepts should generate great enthusiasm in children. With just a few numbers at their command, children discover mathematical procedures, algorithms, formulas, and geometrical figures. Mathematics also serves our needs when we need to ask: How […]

Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Brady It wasn’t a normal morning on the Buckshaw estate. There was the usual orange and pink glow on the house, but there was something in the garden that wasn’t supposed to be there. It was a man lying face down in the cucumbers, dead. […]

DEAR CATHIE: Growing Global Citizens

DEAR CATHIE: Growing Global Citizens

Dear Cathie— As fairly new parents, we are watching our children begin to develop into who they will be, and we realize that we should also be purposeful in molding them into the kind of people we want them to become. We are looking for ideas as to how to do that! Where do we […]

Reaching for Peace

Do’s and Don’ts to Get Your Adolescent Talking

“I haven’t talked to my mom, I mean really talked, in six months,” a twelve year-old confided in me. “Oh, why is that,” I asked gingerly. “My mom laughed at me when I told her I had a boyfriend.” Sometimes we forget how sensitive children at this stage of development can be. Yet now, more […]

The Montessori Checkerboard for Long Multiplication

The Montessori Checkerboard for Long Multiplication

The Multiplication Checkerboard is one of the most popular materials in most elementary Montessori classrooms. The colorful checkerboard materials are a step up the ladder of abstraction in the Montessori math curriculum. Think back to your own years in school. Did you ever really understand what is going on in long-multiplication? Oh, you probably memorized your multiplication tables [like […]