What are children learning from this mean-spirited time? What has happened to common courtesy? How can we magnify kindness and respect in both children and adults? Teaching civility is a topic that has been on my mind for several years now. In this 20-minute instant free training, Teaching Civility, you’ll learn how you can create […]
Observation is the skill to help you become more effective. Please join me for this free 20-minute instant webinar, How To Become A Better Observer…The Montessori Way. In this information-packed session you’ll find out… Also, you’ll receive a special bonus gift. Plus, you’ll be able to ask me questions for a personal reply. This instant […]
In my many years of working with young children, there is one question I hear frequently from parents and teachers: How do I get children to listen to me? When we are confronted with tantrums, defiant behavior, or worse, it’s difficult to know what to do. But these situations are usually avoidable, or at least […]
We all need to feel like we belong. Children’s behavior is directed towards getting the emotional connection of belonging. Watch this series of five videos to learn about four basic, yet unconscious, goals that drive our children’s behavior. You’ll learn how these goals, when met, make for a child who is happy, cooperative, self-motivated and self-aware.
Are you excited to help children build their foundation for joy and success in today’s world? Do you care for an infant or child and want to maximize their potential for growing into an independent, caring, and creative individual? I invite you to join a jam-packed virtual conference on May 10-12, 2023, featuring more than […]
Are you concerned about having enough activities to fill up the entire summer? At home and at school? In this “instant” webinar, Planning For Summer Fun… Parent or teacher you’ll learn: All in under 15 minutes! Plus you’ll get an action guide to help you put it all together. Sign up below and you’ll go […]
I’m pleased to let you know that Porch.com has added a lengthy piece into their advice section about using Montessori in your home. Contributions from fourteen Montessorians (me, too!) are included in this article entitled, Adapting Your Home and Life to a Montessori Lifestyle, Tips from the Experts.
There are many teaching and learning principles we use in our Montessori schools. We refer to them as Montessori pedagogical principles, but in truth, these principles are universal teaching and learning principles. These teaching and learning principles work for all types of people—from parents and teachers to business people—all over the world, and have worked for generations. […]
My natural proclivities tend toward optimism. During these past three years of pandemic disruptions, though, I’ve had to remind myself more than once of the old joke about “there’s a pony in there somewhere.” As I visit with folks, parents and grandparents, we’re beginning to see the pony. It really is there! Our pony has […]
My schooling consisted of six elementary schools, one junior high, one high school, three colleges and two Montessori institutes. I’ve attended schools in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oregon, Ohio, Washington, D.C, Germany, and Costa Rica. The similarities in all these schools are striking in the fact that the teacher lectured at the front of the room; there […]