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Providing Peace in the Pandemic

Providing Peace in the Pandemic

The Montessori Approach to Living Well in Anxious Times The Covid 19 pandemic has brought about so many feelings in all of us: fear, uncertainty, sadness, loneliness, isolation, confusion, a sense of accomplishment, a sense of failure, a lack of connection, a loss of...
Developing a Global Understanding

Developing a Global Understanding

Montessori is an education centered around peace. How do we help students spend a lifetime, not only accepting and sharing peace, but also feeling secure in the idea that, what is ‘different’ from them and their understanding is interesting and exciting rather than...
Staying Neutral: How To Manage Siblings Fighting

Staying Neutral: How To Manage Siblings Fighting

You know the scene. Two children both want the same thing. Or one of them is hurting the other. Or they are complaining and nagging each other. We can’t help ourselves, we come to the rescue. “Why don’t you go first, and then the other one can have a turn next?” “Why...
Silence is a Gift

Silence is a Gift

For more than a hundred years, children in Montessori schools have been practicing the Silence Game as part of their regular routine. Maria Montessori discovered that children experience great pleasure from the self-control that produces real silence. This is a...
Top 10 Ways to Show Gratitude for Your Teacher

Top 10 Ways to Show Gratitude for Your Teacher

by Cheryl Allen We all appreciate the teachers in our lives, but how do we share that gratitude when we may not know much about them beyond the classroom? Here are ten ideas: 1. Say thank you, and be specific about it: in person or by taking the time to write a note...
Gift-Giving Ideas

Gift-Giving Ideas

by Cheryl Allen Gifts should be a joy to give and receive, yet sometimes they can cause us stress. In Montessori, we consider how any item will help the child build themselves into the adult they are meant to be. To invite Montessori into your home and family,...
Roam

Roam

I tell my children to get out! In fact, I tell them all of the time to get out of my house and go away. Like the unforgettable and motivational lyrics from the song Roam, by the B52’s, I beg my children to “roam where you want to, roam around the world.” A simple song...
Music: A Multisensory Approach to Learning

Music: A Multisensory Approach to Learning

I have been a children’s music teacher for nearly half a century! I started teaching in Michigan and continued in the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, Hawaii, and New Mexico. In the beginning, I was expected to create my own curriculum. Because I was a musician,...