Montessori: Not Just for Children

Montessori is a method of education that was created with children’s development in mind.  Educators honor each individual child and make every attempt to create an environment in which they may learn and grow with as much independence as possible.  In recent decades, many people are recognizing that the basic ideals might support all people […]

Books to Love the Earth

Our planet is a beautiful, magical place.  As our children move through their young lives at a different pace and with different eyes than we have as adults, they often remind us to notice all the small and special things.  Whether it be a ladybug on their bedroom wall or the way leaves make shadows […]

Montessori Basics: Respecting the Child as an Autonomous Person

The title of this post may seem a little unnecessary.  You may be thinking, “Of course the child is an autonomous person, and of course we respect that!”  If you are here reading this, chances are you care deeply about your child’s education, and more importantly, you care about your child as a person.  When […]

A Montessori Mini-Dictionary

Dr. Maria Montessori created her methodology over a century ago, and those of us who study her work and practice her ideas know it really works for children, even all these years later.  Like any specialized approach or body of work, Montessori education incorporates unique terminology.  Curious to learn more about what we mean when […]

Booklist: Chapter Books!

Whether your four or five-year-old is ready for some longer read-alouds at bedtime, or your elementary-aged child has discovered the wonder of reading to themselves and cannot get enough, this special book list has you covered.  The following chapter books are timeless and well-loved by children and their parents alike.  Enjoy!   My Father’s Dragon […]

Preventing Math Anxiety

Researchers from the University of Cambridge recently released a report following their study of math anxiety in primary and secondary students.  [https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/290514] Their findings illustrate interesting characteristics of children who experience math anxiety,and suggest a potential connection to interactions with teachers and parents.  The interview-based study included 2,700 children in primary and secondary school in […]

5 Simple Ways to Show Her You Care on Mother’s Day

Everyone loves to feel appreciated.  With Mother’s Day coming up next Sunday, it’s a great time to think of how you might show the moms in your life what they mean to you.  We offer five simple ideas to celebrate and care for the woman who cares for everyone.   1. Remember to have a […]

Author Spotlight: Mo Willems

Mo Willems: you either already know and love this author, or you know and love this author’s work and just don’t know him by name.  Best known for his creation of an ornery but lovable pigeon, Willems has written far too many books for us to list all of them individually here.  So, if you […]

Math on the Go!

You already know that reading aloud to your child daily can have a huge impact on their literacy development.  Did you know that doing math together at home is also important?  By integrating math into your daily lives at home, you as parents are teaching your child not only that math really is applicable to […]

They’re Good for Your Kids!

Chores: the word has such a negative connotation.  But does it need to be that way? Do you remember doing chores when you were growing up?  For some of us, we remember them as a negative consequence.  For others, we never had them and it took us a while to learn how to do them […]