Summertime is perfect for continued learning opportunities with your child. Bring Montessori home with you this summer and keep the learning fun. Kristi shares suggestions for preparing a Montessori-friendly indoor as well as outdoor environment, reinforcing language and phonetic skills, and observing your child to better understand what they are interested in and how they […]
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 […]
Looking over Lake Pokegama in Northern Minnesota, I was watching the beautiful white sails of the X boats gliding back and forth, propelled forward by their wind-taut sails. Sitting upon a bench above the water, I spent hour after hour tracking the wind and the boats. More than likely I was accompanied by a curmudgeon […]
Our daughter, Brianna, was laying on the couch with her earbuds on doing the typical teenage ‘thing.’ Brian, my husband, started pestering her about something she hadn’t done. Brianna rolled her eyes and continued to listen to her music. Brian’s tone of voice escalated, and I knew this was not going anywhere good. So, I […]
I’m a Montessori grandparent who loves to create memories and traditions with my four granddaughters. I also love to share my love of art and history, while helping them make the connection to the larger picture. This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend a month with the girls. I decided to work on some […]
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 […]
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 […]
Turn this Book into a Beehive! by Lynn Brunelle illustrated by Anna-Maria Jung Scientist, teacher, and four-time Emmy-Award-winning writer for “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” author Lynn Brunelle provides “the real buzz on bees” in her latest book all about the wonderful world of bees. She brings the hidden intricacies of the often-secretive lives of […]
I believe that every child is born with a unique purpose in life, as did Maria Montessori. With all her endeavors, Montessori was trying to improve the world by discovering the true nature of the child (1972). It is understandable, then, that parents are the child’s first and long-lasting teachers. Their role is to observe […]
Discover ideas for creating Montessori inspired outdoor home environments and experiences for young children. Specifics about being in nature with children 0-5 are covered; such as oral exploration, encouraging wonder and connection, and nature journaling. Kelly also explores challenges such as fears of adults unfamiliar with nature themselves and how to distinguish focused outdoor learning […]
What did Maria Montessori say about the child’s true nature? How can parents best nurture their children’s sense of empathy, awe, and connectedness to the natural world? Join Lorna as she presents Christine Lapierre’s slides for this informative session.
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.