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What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

So many adults are always telling children to, “Be careful.” What message are children getting about the world? Lorna has some ideas about the message and how to change that message into more empowering thoughts and build problem-solving skills.

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Parenting on the Same Page

You and your co-partner are the glue of your family. If that relationship gets watered down through lack of communication, it creates tension in the family. You know the feeling, right…the tension when there is bickering or silent treatment? Where there is tension in the family, it becomes fertile ground for “misbehavior” from the children. […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Home for Toddlers: Design an Environment That Works!

Do you look at your Toddler’s playspace and bedroom and see CHAOS? Are you spending your evenings frantically picking up a million toy trucks before the neighbors stop by? Are you being interrupted 4,265 times a day by a Toddler demanding a glass of water? There ARE solutions to these problems and they all come […]

Clutter and Anxiety Go Hand-in-Hand

I literally cannot get down to work and concentrate when I am surrounded by a desk full of stuff or a room with clothes strewn all over it. It just starts to make me crazy or, at the very least, distracted. And I consider myself to be a relatively low key, easy going type person. […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Grace and Courtesy: Building New Skills

We have heard many people say that they have noticed declining civility in public discourse in recent years. Yet, learning how to meet our needs in ways that are constructive, and developing the ability to listen and respond well to others, takes practice (as well as patient instruction). These valuable skills can help our children […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

There is a wonderful phenomenon that happens when children come back to school after the winter break. It is the great pleasure of being back in the routine of everyday living which allows children to focus and move forward in their growth. Christine will share some of her observations of the classroom at the Primary […]

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What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Reading Alive!

When you embody the story, when you can feel excited and curious and delighted, the child cannot help but be brought in, too! All you need is a little bravery and a good helping of enthusiasm. Join Caitlin Roper for some wonderful,important tips for great story telling.

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Story Time: the Last 20 Minutes of the Day

Bedtime is far more than ‘just story time’. It is a time when our kids are integrating the experiences of their day and transitioning between brain states and brain functions. How we engage with them during the last 20 minutes impacts their esteem, self-worth, and confidence in the morning. Listen in on this conversation around […]

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Talking to Smart Speakers

In this session we discuss our changing world, how humans adapt, and opportunities for thoughtful communication, specifically related to “Smart Speakers.” Maria Montessori developed a part of the curriculum called Grace and Courtesy. Many schools do not emphasize this aspect of learning as we do in Montessori schools. As Montessori said, “…education should be preparation […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

What Did You Do at School Today?

So,your three year old is off to school for the first time and you’re very excited. You want to know what she did and who she met and what the teachers were like. So you ask. Your child either looks at you like you have two heads and says nothing or maybe responds with, “I […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Linking Science at Home and Science at School

Kelly Johnson is a talented writer, artist, and naturalist who also happens to be a Montessori certified elementary teacher. She has written two outstanding books, “Wings,Worms and Wonder” and “Wonder and Wander” that link home and school activities for discovering the awesomeness of our natural world. In this session she will share some activities from […]

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

How Do You Get Your Child to Read Books?

You’ve probably seen the cartoon with two parents and their two children sitting on a park bench together. One parent and her child have phones in their hands and the other parent and his child have books in their hands. The question from the parent with the phone is, How do you get your child […]