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Want FUN activities to do with preschoolers? Want to feel confident about children’s reading?   In Steps To Reading Success, you’ll learn: Skills essential to reading success Common developmental obstacles Why one important skill is overlooked How you can help, all in a FUN way! We’ll also have a question and answer period.  Parent or […]

Do The Hokey Pokey

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In the gardening shop I looked up to discover a sign over my head. ”What If The Hokey Pokey Is What It’s All About?” For whatever reasons, I started to laugh. Uncontrollably. My husband came from across the store to see what could be so funny. For weeks afterwards Mark and I had a running […]

Current Ideas on Teaching Reading

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Over one-third of the fourth graders in America can’t read. This number hasn’t changed in the past 10 years. You might ask, ”What is the problem?” Reading instruction for the most part hasn’t been based on science, but instead has been based on ideas such as whole language or phonics, without systematic testing of hypotheses […]

You Can’t Say You Can’t Play

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Exclusion begins early in life, and it can be observed even in preschool settings. In days a class divides up into three main groups: Leaders who say who gets to play in their games, The children excluded from the games The children in the middle who live in fear of being rejected. For the kindergartner […]

Transforming Your School Families Into Dream Families

Life cycle of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) from North America showing all stages in the development of the butterfly: Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, adult, life and death.

School Leaders, Are you concerned about connecting and engaging with the new families in your school? Are you looking for the steps to help you create your ideal school community? Please join me at 5:00 PM Pacific/8:00 PM Eastern Tuesday, October 11, for this FREE one-hour webinar, Transforming School Families Into Dream Families. In this […]

A Walk in the Leaves


I can’t help it. I love to go out in the fall and gather leaves. I enjoy looking at the reds, yellows, oranges and browns of deciduous leaves against the turquoise skies of a crisp autumn day. I savor peeling the paper off a broken crayon to make leaf rubbings that accentuate the veins, shape […]

Free Workshop: Preparing Your Home The Montessori Way

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Ever wish there were a way to create a home environment that supported your child’s Montessori classroom experience? Are you confused about what it means to do things in a Montessori manner? Do you think there should be an easier way to help your child gain independence? In this 45-minute session I’ll show you how […]

Catch ’em Doing Something Right


“All I do is tell Tim, ‘no’. He’s into everything, and by the end of the day my fuse is short. I lose it and yell. It hurts me to see the hurt in his eyes. But I’m just exhausted,” Mary sighed over the phone to me. Tim, a redheaded three-year-old, had been “busy” that […]

The Deep Well Of Time

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It’s here!  To help you with storytelling, Montessori style. Michael Dorer’s new book, The Deep Well Of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom. This summer I was lucky enough to preview an advanced copy and I loved Michael’s stories. How I wish this resource had been available when I was in the classroom. […]

To Lead A Child To Learn

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Helen Keller wrote, ”Anybody can lead a child to a classroom. It takes a teacher to lead a child to learn.” Keller is perhaps the most famous of students of the 20th century. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, taught Helen, who became blind and deaf at the age of 19 months, how to communicate and connect […]