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Parenting: Commune-icate with your Children

Parenting: Commune-icate with your Children

om waits eagerly in the car to pick up her middle school daughter after school. As Andrea opens the door, Mom asks cheerfully, “How was your day, Honey” I hate it when you tell me to “Have a good day” when I leave in the morning.You jinxed my day!” Andrea lashes out. Mom retaliates,”Don’t give […]

DEAR CATHIE: Joining A New Community

Dear Cathie— Our oldest child will begin attending the Montessori school in our area in just a few weeks. We are new to the neighborhood, the philosophy and the school. We are anxious to meet the faculty, other families and children and others in the community as we begin this experience. But we are not […]

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Montessori 101: Observing In The Classroom

ears ago a dear friend of mine enrolled her child in a local Montessori school. This child was very near and dear to me, so when I asked his parents if I could to go and observe him in class, I was most excited. The school used an observation sheet that guides visitors in the […]

DEAR CATHIE: Setting Limits and “Following the Child”

DEAR CATHIE: Setting Limits and “Following the Child”

Dear Cathie, I understand the Montessori philosophy of “Follow the Child” and I really try to do that! But I also understand the importance of setting limits. Somehow that seems harder for me though. I seem to find these two tenets of the philosophy at odds with each other. How can I let my child […]

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Montessori Grandparenting: Help Me, Gammie

Montessori Grandparenting: Help Me, Gammie

arper will be my last grandchild. At 20-months old, the world of language opened its floodgates. She’s actually quite verbal for her age. At her 18-month check-up, the pediatrician asked if she had a vocabulary of at least three words. At that point she probably had close to one-hundred words, and now, a few months […]

The Benefits of Teaching Cursive in Montessori

The Benefits of Teaching Cursive in Montessori

ontessori continues to teach cursive handwriting, even in this digital age, and discussions about the best ways to integrate technology (or not) into Montessori are ongoing. The question of teaching cursive writing comes up a lot, from parents, other educators, and within the Montessori community itself. I thought I’d take a look at what Maria […]

Taking the Fear out of Montessori

Editor’s Note: The following was a Constant Contact communication recently sent to our list of Montessori administrators, urging them to take advantage of our Early Bird Discount for standing bulk orders to provide Tomorrow’s Child to Montessori parents. So many administrators asked for permission to forward it to their parents that we are including it […]

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Montessori Teachers: How Do They Do It?

Montessori Teachers: How Do They Do It?

am sitting at home right now, drinking my second coffee of the day. My two boys have finally given in and are taking naps (at the same time!), and all is right with the world. It is a snow day, and this morning, when I saw the cancellation notice with the name of my kids’ […]

How to Explain the 2016 Election to Our Children (and Ourselves)

wrote this as a cathartic contemplation for the election of 2016, which became a protracted period of challenge and contention for the United States. While some citizens of our country celebrate, others express fear. Living in the battleground State of Florida, I think it is fair to say that Floridians were somewhat traumatized by the […]

The Smile

The Smile

his is a story about eight wooden blocks and a five-year-old girl. The eight wooden blocks are nestled in a hinged wooden box. The five-year-old girl is sitting alone at a small wooden table. She is very good at arithmetic, her teacher tells me, but rarely chooses to work with this kind of spatial, three-dimensional […]

What Should We Teach Our Children?

What Should We Teach Our Children?

hat should we teach our children? Research shows that 80 percent of the facts we learn for tests are forgotten in a month. We remember best that information with which we have an emotional connection. It’s a lot easier to remember your birthday than the year of the Battle of Hastings (1066, in case you’re […]

Dear Cathie: Global Warming

Dear Cathie: Global Warming

Dear Cathie, We are hearing so much about global warming. Although I want my child to develop good habits with respect to the earth, I am unsure about how much information to give him. I want to be sure it does not come across as frightening to a preschooler. Do you have any thoughts on […]