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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

A New Take on Dickens: A Tale of Five Children – Part 1, Regina and Clarissa I have three grown children, one son and two daughters. My older daughter, Lydia, is working on her PhD in Victorian Literature. We were having a conversation the other day about a book she was reading by Charles Dickens, […]

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A Parent’s Perspective on The Fundamental Needs of Mankind

I just finished watching the latest Age of Montessori webinar entitled, The Fundamental Needs of Mankind, and what really “sunk in” for me is this: all of the different topics within the elementary-level curriculum really are connected. Maria Montessori refers to this as the “Cosmic Plan.” “The secret of success is found to lie in […]

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Five Things that Montessori Teachers Do Differently

The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.  ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind” Have Faith One of the biggest differences between Montessori and traditional teachers is the way the teacher perceives the child. You may have heard […]

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5 Ways to Nurture your Child’s Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

People with high emotional intelligence tend to be more successful in all areas of their lives. So what can you do to help nurture your child’s EQ? By now, you’ve likely heard the term Emotional Intelligence or EQ. Emotional Intelligence has been linked with everything from confidence to capability, initiative to innovation, empathy to optimism, and […]

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Education: It’s Only as Good as the Teacher

“This program will be a perfect fit,” she assured me. “It is designed for children just like your son.” By “like your son,” the Director of Special Education meant children with “high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.” That is his label, his diagnosis if you will, but now let’s talk about the person. My child is […]

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Montessori’s Message of Peace Through Education

A Day for Peace Times have changed, and science has made great progress, and so has our work; but our principles have only been confirmed, and along with them our conviction that mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning […]

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Seeing Progress in a Child’s Work

Written by Jenny Formon There are numerous ways a child shows growth and progress in the classroom. Some are obvious: being able to write his name, mastering sounds, identifying numbers. Then there is the progress that without careful observation can go unnoticed. This growth is typically in the social aspect of the class and can […]

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why Knowing Really IS Half the Battle

Kicked Out “No big deal, my son gets kicked out of stuff all the time!” When my friend made this carefree announcement, I admit I was surprised. Mind you, it wasn’t because of her son’s having been “kicked out,” on the contrary, I could completely relate. In fact, I’ve heard so many variations of “please […]

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Why Grandparents Are Superheroes

Grandparents Have Superpowers! When my family lived in Montana, my children got to spend a lot of time with their grandparents. Gram and Pop, as my boys lovingly call them, lived just minutes away. They were very involved with their grandsons on a daily basis, regularly picking them up from school or inviting them for […]

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