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… Learning to be a good speller is […]


BOOK | Stolen Focus

It’s been a long time coming.   And now it seems to me we can’t ignore our situation any longer. It may have begun in 1989 with the introduction of Game Boy, which for those of you who don’t know, was played on a handheld device that required only the use of thumbs. By 1993 […]


The Normalization Series

allowing opportunities for movement

NORMALIZATION: The Process of Natural and Normal Child Development Another Montessori idea closely aligned with the child’s sensitive periods of development is the idea of the process of normalization, or natural and normal development. You may enjoy these articles about how to see your child’s natural and normal development:


FREE WEBINAR | Ain’t Misbehavin’

child's actions are development driven

In this session, Ain’t Misbehavin’, we’ll consider the adult’s perception of children’s behavior.  We’ll explore an important dynamic, often hidden, that drives human behavior. When we are involved in conflict with children it may be easy to overlook this basic motivational force.  What is this force that drives behavior?  Personal needs.  Children’s actions are judged as misbehaviors […]


For Unto Us A Child Is Born

for unto us a child is born

Today we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. This man was born, as all of us are, as a small helpless being, dependent on the care and protection of a mother and father. This child was born in a stable on a journey decreed by a Roman emperor in order for an accurate […]


BOOK | What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World

A couple of weeks ago, my 3-year-old granddaughter said, “Grandma, sing this song with me.” “I see trees of green, red roses, too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” For a few seconds, I was incredulous that my 3-year-old granddaughter would know the lyrics […]


How To Support Self-Regulation

How To Support Self-Regulation

Back in the early 1990’s the long term findings of the 1960’s Walter Mischel  “marshmallow study” were released. When I read the findings of the Mischel study it became evident to me that something simple as having children wait for a minute or two for snack might help them develop better self-control and all the benefits […]


BOOK | The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

One of the things I’ve missed the past two years of covid isolation is not going to the bookstore and poking around. As long as I can remember, going to a bookstore and walking up and down the aisles, looking for a title that might catch my eye, has been one of my favorite pastimes.  […]


READ ALONG | A Return To Love

Over the past two years of dealing with pandemic isolation, I’ve done a lot of thinking and reading.  When I asked myself what were the five most important books (outside of The Bible) I’ve read and truly incorporated into my life, here’s the list: A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A COURSE […]


Choosing Love

Choose Love

For the most part, I don’t like to think in dichotomies. Yes, some issues are black and white. Usually I see a lot of gray in between. What I’ve been fortunate enough to experience for many years is a fundamental human decision that is clearly divided. This decision is either/or. There is no in-between. Every […]