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The Coronavirus is a Stark Reminder We Are One Global Family

The Coronavirus is a Stark Reminder We Are One Global Family

hat a difference a month makes. The whole world is reacting to a pandemic of a previously unknown virus. It’s an emergency on a global scale, dominating every news cycle. It’s the subject of conversations over coffee counters at 7-11 in the mornings and at local watering holes in the evenings. Our lives are being […]

The Habit of Specializing in Children’s Food

The Habit of Specializing in Children’s Food

  aria Montessori was an investigator and educational scientist with an “eye of genius” for child development. Her nutritional expertise, written nearly a century ago, was progressive even by today’s standards. “In order to protect the child’s development, especially in neighborhoods where standards of child hygiene are not yet prevalent in the home, it would […]

How Do You Know When You Have Entered a Montessori School?

How Do You Know When You Have Entered a Montessori School?

have visited many schools over my years as a parent, educator, and CEO of CME|NY. There are a few key clues that I look for to help me gauge how the school is doing on the Montessori spectrum. I’m happy to see Community Playthings™ furniture, the clean lines and clear maple wood create a natural […]

All Hands On!!!!  Science Inquiry With Young Toddlers

All Hands On!!!! Science Inquiry With Young Toddlers

  cience may not be a topic that families emphasize with their toddlers. Instead, families may focus on sharing story books, building structures with blocks, exploring crayons and paint, and simply playing with toddlers’ favorite toys. These are all excellent choices, but the world of inquiry-based science offers surprising opportunities for toddlers too. The following […]

Montessori Parenting: A Concept Whose Time Has Come

Montessori Parenting: A Concept Whose Time Has Come

ince Dr. Maria Montessori’s discovery of the true nature of childhood over a century ago, children around the globe have benefitted from Montessori education. However, even parents who have children enrolled in Montessori schools could derive further benefits through the implementation of Montessori principles and practices in the home . Children reap the rewards when, […]

Ten Signs of On-Track Development

Ten Signs of On-Track Development

hildren who are on-track with their development display ten specific behaviors and characteristics. In Montessori terms, we call this process of natural and normal development, normalization. As parents and teachers, we are concerned about doing the right things with our children. When our children go through difficult periods, we can spend nights tossing and turning […]

Victory and Peace

Victory and Peace

he four-year-old girls were good friends, but now they’re angry. One said something to the other, tempers flared, and a friendship is in jeopardy. Fortunately, the children are in a Montessori classroom. Montessori schools use many techniques for harmony, but in this classroom they have a peace rose. One little girl retrieves the flower from […]

Ten Signs of On-Track Development

First-Time Grandparenting

his past year several of my Montessori colleagues and friends became first- time grandparents. What a special gift they have all received. As Montessori guides, administrators, and practitioners what a gift they bring to the table. Because Montessori taught us all to be keen observers and to not rush in and “do” for children when […]

The Lessons In Practical Life Skills

The Lessons In Practical Life Skills

“For all the money that we spend on tuition, why does my child spend his day washing tables?” here is this wonderful photograph from the early years of this last century that captured a small child in a Montessori school carefully ladling soup into bowls for his fellow students’ lunch. I’m sure that his parents […]

Discipline Alternatives for the Montessori Classroom and Home

ny parents and teachers, and some Montessori Directresses, make use of “time out” as a means of compelling children to behave in a certain way. Sometimes, the child is required to sit on a specific chair. Sometimes this is called a “thinking chair,” and the child is instructed to think about what he has done. […]