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Preparing for Black History Month

A candid conversation with three Montessori Guides of Color BY DR. CINDY ACKER “We must never forget,” said Yvette Clarke, “that Black history is American history. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.” In a period in which we have begun a spiritual practice of opening our eyes to the contributions of those who have historically been invalidated. In this particular issue, we want to recognize a few of the many of those who have made contributions...

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MPPI Update: The Build Back Better Act

The MPPI and it’s involvement in the Build Back Better Act By Denise Monnier, Director of State Advocacy The Build Back Better Act is a historic legislative proposal that if passed will change the landscape of early care and education in America by funding near universal access to child care and preschool, and raise early childhood educator and childcare provider income to levels more comparable to the important work that they do. We are optimistically anticipating the possibility of this...

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Why are Children so Different Today

by Jane Nelsen, EdD and Chip DeLorenzo, MEd   When working with Montessori teachers, we always start by asking them to list their current stressors. Inevitably, they share that children exhibit a high degree of disrespect, entitlement, and lack of self-regulation. Children don’t listen to adults. Teachers overwhelmingly agree that these behaviors are more frequent and blatant now than when they grew up or when they first started working with children. Teachers who’ve been in their...

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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, everyone assumed I knew how to implement a music program. The truth was, I had no idea! Fortunately, in 1974, I received a scholarship to become an accredited Early Childhood teacher through the American Montessori Society. The...

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Book Reviews by Lorna McGrath

  Blackwater – Sometimes a Lie is Harder Than the Truth Written by Eve Bunting   Eve Bunting is not new to writing children’s picture books, storybooks, and children’s novels. Blackwater will engage readers from ages 11-14 years old with a story of tragedy, mystery, and moral dilemmas. It reminds readers of the importance of always being mindful of the choices they make and the actions that they take. Sometimes, even just a simple act of jealousy or revenge can lead to tragedy and can...

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Culture Comes Alive! Reinvigorating Culture and Peace Curriculums with Yoga, Music & Movement

Culture Comes Alive! Reinvigorating Culture and Peace Curriculums with Yoga, Music & Movement Are you a lead teacher looking for new ideas to spice up your culture circles and shelves? Are you intimidated by integrating music & movement into your classroom? Or are you are a music specialist/phys ed. specialist looking for new ways to marry your curriculum with the themes occurring in the Montessori classroom? A message from Sarah: This handout outlines some initial ideas for...

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Modernizing Montessori: Using Digital Technology to Engage

Modernizing Montessori: Using Digital Technology to Engage Learners in 21st Century Montessori Classrooms by Mark Powell Le Port Schools, Emeryville CA Is Montessori Technophobic? In recent years a great number of discoveries have been made to fully exploit almost all the energies that exist in this world. Whatever material wealth there is in our surroundings is being made use of. Man has explored and made use of not only the things that are on the surface of the earth, but has dug into the...

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Infant Toddler Nutrition: Aiden Ate Cucumbers At Snack Time

Aiden ate cucumbers at snack time with me today! The cool crispiness, color, texture, who knows? Or was it because he helped peel them, cut them up, and then sat with me while I savored mine? Whatever this celebration is it's certainly the next step in his food exploration and acceptance of a variety of foods. This little two-year-old boy who still breast feeds began the school year in late August without a lot of hope in his lunch box for a balanced nutritional transition into solid foods....

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Peace and Punishment

An article on Discipline without Violence There are many instances in Dr. Montessori's work where she explains why she “eventually…gave up either punishing or rewarding the children”.(1) She explains that this method is “always a form of repression”(2), and is based upon our – in her opinion tragically erroneous – belief that children “come into the world bad and full of naughtiness.”(3) She found, after careful observation, that both punishment and reward were equally ineffective tools for...

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Common Sense Leadership

by Brenda Bernstorf Leadership is often a matter of common sense but as Voltaire is attributed for saying, “Common sense is not so common.” Montessori classrooms are gentle, peaceful environments where grace and courtesy are normal. Grace and courtesy are the foundation for common sense leadership and must extend from the administrative office to the classroom teachers to encourage employee engagement. Engaged employees contribute extraordinary gifts to the organization, are satisfied with...