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The High Cost of Low Trust

high cost of low trust

”My parents don’t trust me anymore,” said thirteen-year-old Steve. ”Oh,” I said, but thought to myself, RED ALERT. This wasn’t going to be a regular sit-at-the-table-and-eat-pizza party conversation. My memory neurons buzzed, trying to find the listening/questioning tool I had recently learned called evidence and impact questioning. The gist of this two-step listening technique is […]


FREE WEBINAR: How To Help With Spelling

how to help with spelling

Is spelling dead? In today’s tech world with computerized dictation programs, along with the ability to use spelling autocorrect as we write, there is an educational faction that says that learning to spell is unimportant, that spelling is dead. Research shows, though, that being a competent speller increases… Reading ability, Writing effectiveness, Reading and listening […]


Join Me In Castro Valley, CA

meet me in castro valley

Join me for a Bay Area Montessori Association (BAMA) workshop on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9 am until noon at Golden Oaks Montessori School in Castro Valley, California. The topic?  Practical Life: Bringing Montessori Into Your Home. Would you like to know how to create a child-friendly home environment the Montessori Way? Parents or […]


Trillium Montessori Homeschool Summit

trillium montessori homeschool summit

Trillium Montessori HOMESCHOOL SUMMIT 2017 is a one-of-a-kind Montessori conference! This 4-day event, January 9 -12, 2017, is packed with workshops, community, and resources… and it is 100% online! This summit has been designed to make the ‘conference experience’ accessible to all. No matter where you live in the world or what your budget is, as long […]


Do You Teach Values?

Do you teach values

”Do you teach values?” a telephone caller asked. Back in the early 90’s parents were upset that values were being taught in school. Controversy brewed and bubbled. Do you teach values? The question caught me off guard. How can you not teach values, I thought, because of the very nature of values? Whether we are […]


Kids Talk Online Workshops Is Moving

moving to our new home

Over the past several months I’ve been working on developing a new site for Kids Talk Online Workshops. We’re ready to start moving into our new “home” at KidsTalkWorkshops.com. If you are enrolled in a Kids Talk Online Workshop with me, I invite you to make the move so you’ll have continued access to your […]


You Asked For Another Session: Helping Parents “Get” Montessori

School leaders contacted me about missing my webinar that explained my parent support program, Seeing Your Child The Montessori Way.  Are you a school leader concerned about helping your school families “understand” Montessori?    On Thursday, July 28, I’m presenting a 45-minute webinar on Helping Parents “Get” Montessori. In this free webinar you’ll learn about: […]


Join In The Montessori Summer Summit

Montessori Summer Summit

Here’s the online Montessori summer event you’ll want to attend! Trillium Montessori Summer Summit has something for everybody–parent, teacher, school administrator. Great speakers, relevant topics, wonderful gifts, a virtual exhibit hall, easy and affordable access. Best of all, you don’t have to leave home to attend! For more information or to register, please click here. Hope […]


Happy Birthday, Kids Talk

Twelve years ago today, the first Kids Talk column ran in the Benton County Daily Record. It’s been an amazing journey, from newspaper columns, to blog posts, to online workshops and more. It’s been an extraordinary way to meet remarkable people. Thank you for being a Kids Talk reader! All the best, Maren


Join Me In Toronto

On Friday, November 6, 2015 I’ll be giving the keynote, Walk The Talk, at the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers Annual Conference. In the afternoon I’ll give my Building Brains The Montessori Way workshop. Click here to find out more. Hope to see you there!