The Prepared Environments of Maria and Marie

Would Maria Montessori and home organization guru, Marie Kondo, be friends? Each Montessori guide comes into their classroom envisioning what their prepared environment will be.  This is one of Maria Montessori’s tenets.  She said, “The teacher’s first duty is to watch over the environment, and this takes precedence over all the rest.  Its influence is … Continue reading The Prepared Environments of Maria and Marie

Going Outs

Imagine you are an elementary student and you are working with a peer to write a report on a topic of interest. After you have used all of the resources available in your classroom, and you still want more information where can you go? Why should the information stop within the four walls of your … Continue reading Going Outs

Do What You Love: Becoming a Montessori Elementary Guide

I walked into AMI Elementary Montessori training in the sweltering Maryland summer of 2010. I had been out of college a short time and had recently found my way back to the Montessori school I grew up at. While trying to consider how to turn my American Culture degree (“Study what you love!” they said.) … Continue reading Do What You Love: Becoming a Montessori Elementary Guide

Toilet Training

One of the most human and possibly most underappreciated milestones that children master in the beginning of their young life is the completion of the much anticipated (by their parents) toilet learning. Aside from sleep it is probably the most discussed, lamented and celebrated topic between parents and teachers in a Montessori toddler community. Whether … Continue reading Toilet Training

Farm Days at Wavecrest

Each Thursday, the adolescent class of SCM called Wavecrest Adolescent Community loads up into the SCM bus and three other vehicles to head to Live Earth Farm in Corralitos. This is the way our adolescent program honors Dr. Montessori’s vision that the adolescent needs to be attached to a farm and in nature. In her … Continue reading Farm Days at Wavecrest

The Power of Yet

The Yeti

Has your child ever told you they “can’t do it” or they are just “no good at” something? As a parent, it is sad to hear your child express this about themselves. It can be especially difficult when you know your child is capable, but it is just going to take time and practice for … Continue reading The Power of Yet

Peace in the World to Come

“Peace is a goal that can be attained only through common accord, and the means to achieve this unity for peace are two-fold: first, an immediate effort to resolve conflicts without recourse to violence - in other words, to prevent war - and second, a long term effort to establish a lasting peace among men. … Continue reading Peace in the World to Come

Conflict Resolution in a Primary Montessori Classroom

A few months ago, a parent let me know their child overheard her and her husband having a disagreement, and confidently suggested they both use an “I message” to resolve their conflict. Her child had only been attending her new Montessori classroom for a short time and the mom was surprised to hear her four … Continue reading Conflict Resolution in a Primary Montessori Classroom

Humble Confessions of a Montessori Teacher-Parent

Montessori Elementary students sitting around a table

Parenting has by far been the most humbling experience of my life.  I thought I had this – ECE training, Montessori training, years of teaching experience, positive discipline training, a regular mindfulness practice… the list goes one. I know all the “right” answers, I’ve read tons of books, can give great advice.  And yet, I’ll … Continue reading Humble Confessions of a Montessori Teacher-Parent

Positive Discipline

Montessori Kindergarten students sitting in a circle

Have you ever wondered which parenting approach best aligns with Montessori education? Positive Discipline (PD) is an approach that complements the Montessori method because it helps foster children’s “inner guide to develop self-construction and self-motivation.” PD focuses on instilling in children an internal compass which guides them to do the right thing for intrinsic reasons. … Continue reading Positive Discipline