A recent visitor from Russia gifted our classroom with a truly exquisite set of nesting dolls, the smallest of which was no larger than the fingernail on my pinky. All the children were curious about the dolls, but Annie, a nine-year-old who was new to our classroom, was truly enamored by the set. Between academic activities, she… Read More Safe Haven
When I decided that screen time would no longer be a part of my 4-year-old’s life, I knew I would have to deal with screen detox. The first day of Spring Break was also the first day of the “No More Screens” rule. Almost immediately after waking up, Zach asked to watch videos. I said… Read More Manic Brain
At a recent parent education meeting at the school where I work, we asked parents to share their parenting challenges and provided some Montessori-based tools that can help bridge the gap between school and home. It can be confusing for a child to move between two sets of expectations: punishment at home vs. consequences at… Read More Try This At Home
Do you know someone who makes promises (be they good or bad) and never delivers? How do you feel about that person? When we use empty promises or threats to get our children to comply, in their eyes we become that person. Sure, manipulation works really well. But only for a while. And it comes… Read More Say It and Mean It
It might seem like Montessori parents like to show off what their children can do: “Look, my baby can drink from a glass! My toddler can slice a cucumber!” But honestly, our excitement has nothing to do with bragging. At least for me, sharing my son’s accomplishments is about telling other people: “Look what YOUR… Read More Show & Tell
Fellow Montessori mom and friend Amy, over at Positively Montessori, shares her experiences with the Positive Discipline approach to parenting. Every week she addresses a new topic and discusses how it’s been working at her household with her 6-yr. old daughter and 15-month old son. Here’s a post on helping children understand the value of… Read More Ca-ching!