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Montessori Dads: Dad’s Important Role as Daughters Grow

Montessori Dads: Dad’s Important Role as Daughters Grow

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 […]

Grandparenting: The Montessori Way

Grandparenting: The Montessori Way

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: Turn This Book Into A Beehive!

Book Review: Turn This Book Into A Beehive!

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 […]

Cultivating Your Child’s True Nature

Cultivating Your Child’s True Nature

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 […]

Wonder and Wander: Creating Nature Experiences for Very Young Children

Wonder and Wander: Creating Nature Experiences for Very Young Children

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 […]

Cultivating Your Child’s True Nature

Cultivating Your Child’s True Nature

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.

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

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.

Summer Ideas

Summer Ideas

Are you wondering how to keep your child not only busy during the summer months when school is out, but also keep her learning? Are you worried that if your child is not enrolled in a summer program called “Little Genius’s” or the Center for Brighter Children that your child will be behind when he […]

Book Review: All the Places to Love

Book Review: All the Places to Love

All the Places to Love  by Patricia MacLachlan-paintings by Mike Wimmer All the Places to Love is a beautiful book about family, appreciation for natural surroundings, connecting with nature and finding places to love. The feelings that the words to the story evoke are tender, kind, caring, and sharing. Each family member spends time with […]

Book Review: Good Night Beach

Book Review: Good Night Beach

Good Night Beach  by Adam Gamble and Cooper Kelly I remember fondly a book very similar to this one that my children and I read together when they were very young and into their elementary years. They loved looking for all the beach creatures and activities that people were engaged in. It may have helped […]