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Montessori and STEAM Education

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 […]

Value and Values of Montessori in the 21st Century

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 […]

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

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 […]

Montessori Re-Enrollment

Montessori Re-Enrollment

Christine Lowry shares some of the most up-to-date research on educational settings and their effect on student success. The research includes flexible classroom arrangement, multi-age classes, personalized learning, project-based learning, social-emotional learning, multiple years with the same teacher, and assessments in a variety of formats. See how the Montessori approach stacks up according to research […]

Transforming Your Parent-Teacher Relationship Through Courageous Conversation

Transforming Your Parent-Teacher Relationship Through Courageous Conversation

Education requires parents, teacher, and child to work together in cooperation. A weakness in any of these decreases the efficiency of others while inhibiting the development of the child.”  —Maria Montessori Courageous Conversation occurs when people come to a conversation with a deep concern for human welfare, values, and dignity. It exists as people say […]

The Emotionally Healthy Classroom

The Emotionally Healthy Classroom

“It is our responsibility to learn to become emotionally intelligent. These are skills. They’re not easy. Nature didn’t give them to us. We have to learn them.”  —Paul Ekman Children today are more emotional, strong-willed, and reactive than ever before. They have big feelings and oftentimes don’t yet know how to constructively release them. Of […]

Montessori Discipline: Developing Inner Discipline Through Freedom and Structure

Montessori Discipline: Developing Inner Discipline Through Freedom and Structure

Upon visiting a Montessori classroom the first time, one might wonder what magic spell has been cast upon these young children making them so calm and self-directed. Another person might look at that same class and be confused by the children’s independence, wondering where’s the discipline? These children just do as they please. Visitors commonly […]

The Emotionally Healthy Child

The Emotionally Healthy Child

While growing up has never been easy, today’s world undeniably presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. In this session, award-winning author Maureen Healy will share highlights from her new book, “The Emotionally Healthy Child,” and answer real-life questions from anyone wanting to raise emotionally healthy children. Come and learn some new strategies to […]