Parenting

What You Might Not Know About ‘Stranger Danger’

Adam Walsh. Polly Klaas. Elizabeth Smart. Jessica Lunsford. Madeleine McCann. Children are abducted by total strangers so rarely that when it happens, their names are seared into our consciousness forever. Here’s the trouble: when we teach children about safety practices, most of what we say involves “stranger danger”, even though stranger abduction is rare. We […]

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Geocaching for Kids – Fun for the Whole Family

Geocaching is an exciting treasure hunt game that families around the world are playing. It requires a GPS device and a love of adventure. The basic steps to the game are that you visit a site like Geocaching.com, enter your zip code and receive a list of hidden caches in your area. Then, you set […]

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5 Practical Suggestions for Montessori Parent Education

When I was teaching, I observed an interesting phenomenon. Many of the parents deliberately chose Montessori for their child over “easier” options, like public school, but after the child began attending, they questioned and doubted everything that makes the Montessori method special. It was as if they wanted the results of Montessori without the “Montessori-ness” […]

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Transitioning from Montessori to a Traditional School

When I was teaching, I was asked about the transition from Montessori to traditional school many, many times. Because few regions of the world offer a complete Pre-K-12 Montessori program, transitioning is something the majority of Montessori kids will have to accomplish at some point in their school careers. The good news is, studies suggest […]

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5 Smart Activities to Beat the Winter Blues

Are you buried up to your ears in snow in Norway or wondering if the rain will ever stop in not-so-sunny California? We all get feeling a bit cramped in wintertime and children may be feeling especially constrained, their abundant energy pent up from being inside all the time. Here are five suggestions for fun […]

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Top Ten Reasons to Be Glad You’ve Chosen Montessori for Your Child

This post is dedicated to all my wonderful readers and customers who’ve taken the leap and chosen to send their child(ren) to a Montessori school. This can mean making sacrifices to afford the tuition, fielding frequent questions from skeptical family members, and driving past the public school that’s much closer to home…but you know your […]

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Musings at Midnight

It’s midnight and I’m sitting at the computer. No surprise there – with two young kids running around the house all day, I usually wait until they’re in bed to work on my business. Tonight I’ve put the finishing touches on some new materials and spent a little time surfing the web. Today was a […]

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Should Parents Tell Their Children the Truth About Santa?

For many people, Santa is a cherished part of their holiday traditions. They remember writing letters and mailing them to the North Pole, leaving out milk and cookies, and running downstairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa had left for them under the tree. However, ask a few adults about how they reacted when […]

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Raising Strong-Willed Children

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I homeschool my children using the Montessori method and materials. My son, who is about to turn seven, is doing second grade work. My daughter, who is 3 ½ , is enjoying all the materials of the 3-6 level classroom. You might think that […]

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In Loving Memory of My Daughter

Today, my blog post will be very personal and bittersweet. On this day, 11 years ago, I gave birth to my firstborn baby, who was stillborn at 26 weeks of pregnancy. Sometimes I can hardly believe it’s been such a long time since this momentous event. And even though it was so many years ago, […]

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