Few clean-ups seem as overwhelming as that of the Montessori fractions. The halves through sevenths are easy enough for most children, but the 27 hard-to-distinguish red wedges that make up the eighths, ninths, and tenths can leave even Elementary children feeling stuck and discouraged. I’ve inherited Montessori fractions in several of my classrooms, and I’ve… Read More When Help Is A Hindrance
Zachary, age 7, asked me how Valentine’s Day started. I told him we could research that at the library, but later that night I got curious and went online. I found conflicting information, so I decided to put together a Cosmic Education story to tell him the tale of the origins of Valentine’s day. I… Read More The Valentine’s Day Story
A Montessori learning community is a dynamic village, whose success – defined not in financial terms but by the growth and joy of the children – depends on the collaboration and shared values of all its members. What role do you play? The Montessori Guide Each environment (classroom) is steered by a well-trained and experienced… Read More A Village: Its Value and Values
On a brisk and sunny Sunday three weeks ago, prior to heading out to a Christmas concert, I made my family a healthy and tasty lunch. Both of my kids (ages 6 and 3) scoffed at it and my husband had to beg them to take their (mostly full) plates to the kitchen. I cleaned… Read More Boundaries
When I became a mom, I realized that it takes a parent to understand a parent. I have been blessed to have a worldwide community of Montessori-trained friends who are navigating the same beautiful, yet often turbulent, waters of parenthood with me. One of my wisest friends is Junnifa Uzodike, the founder of the Nduoma… Read More A Deep Understanding
“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.” – Dr. Maria Montessori Baby Nadia, 9 months old
Feeling stressed out about answering your children’s questions? My newest post on MariaMontessori.com might be the answer you’re looking for!