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Less Talk – More Respect

Less Talk – More Respect

Do you feel like you talk too much about your child’s behavior? Are you constantly repeating your requests and explaining things your children already understand? Joe Newman, the author of “Raising Lions” will talk about how replacing our explanations and...
Less Talk – More Respect

Backpack Scientists and Their Journals

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a nature journal, field notes,or a scientific journal? Jackie Grundberg helps sort that out and offers guidance on how they are used in the classroom and at home.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Biggest Little Farm

MOVIE REVIEW: The Biggest Little Farm

A documentary produced this year is our top pick for all elementary-on-up children, educators, and parents to watch. It’s called The Biggest Little Farm. In 2009, a California cinematographer and a food blogger met and married. The Biggest Little Farm follows the...
DEAR CATHIE: A CONCERNED PARENT

DEAR CATHIE: A CONCERNED PARENT

DEAR CATHIE— I have visited a number of Montessori schools as we consider a placement for our 3 and 4 year old children next year. I see the children all busy on different projects, and it all looks great. But can it really work? How can one teacher, even with an...
BOOK REVIEWS assembled by Lorna McGrath

BOOK REVIEWS assembled by Lorna McGrath

Animals Reviewed by Association of Zoos & Aquariums Elementary and middle school children, along with their parents and teachers, will love this book. It is a hilarious review of wild animals from around the world! Each animal is rated in a humorous way that tells...
BOOK REVIEWS assembled by Lorna McGrath

BOOK REVIEWS by NewGate Secondary Students

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo If you like complex characters, a thrilling story, and Victorianesque setting, then you will love Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This book tells the story of a convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy, a heart render, and a thief who...
Montessori Grandparenting: We Are All Stewards of the Earth

Montessori Grandparenting: We Are All Stewards of the Earth

Have you been observing this young student from Sweden? Greta Thunberg is a teenager who is credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by global warming/climate change, and with holding politicians accountable for their lack of action on the climate...
Parenting 101: How Giving A Simple Direction Can Create Clarity

Parenting 101: How Giving A Simple Direction Can Create Clarity

Quite often with a 3-, 4- or 5-year-old, there’s a lot of grey areas when they’re testing boundaries and you’re not sure a break is necessary—maybe he’s touching the baby’s face and he’s looking at you and he’s got this look in his eye like he’s thinking, “Can I do...
Health & Wellness:  The New Rules of Peanut Allergies: What Concerned Parents Need to Know

Health & Wellness: The New Rules of Peanut Allergies: What Concerned Parents Need to Know

by Libby Ryan and Nicole Harris Updated September 16, 2019 from Parents.com New guidelines encourage us to introduce peanuts to all kids much earlier. Plus, the FDA recently supported development of a drug aimed at lessening the severity of allergic reactions from...
IB Is Something I Never Expected I Would End Up Doing

IB Is Something I Never Expected I Would End Up Doing

by Madison Dodd, NewGate Student I have always pursued alternative education, whether that be through Montessori, Waldorf, or homeschool. Therefore, it was a shock to me to think that I would be involved in a program so widely recognized across all types of schools. I...
Experiential Learning at the Secondary Level: NewGate School

Experiential Learning at the Secondary Level: NewGate School

by Amy Kremer-Treibly, NewGate Secondary Guide, Master of Experiential Education ”Only practical work and experience lead the young to maturity.”  – MARIA MONTESSORI, THE ABSORBENT MIND In NewGate’s Montessori learning environment there are several...
Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Damariscotta Montessori School uses positive discipline, which is implemented in a developmentally and age-appropriate fashion to meet the needs of the individual child. Our focus is on how to help children resolve problems and empower them to have a successful...
Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

by Rachel Buechler A little girl sits at the table with the Snap Dressing Frame. She has picked it up several times before today and quickly returned it to its stand after a short attempt. Today she picks it up and places it on the table. She tries the first snap; it...