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Easy and Cheap Travel Heroes

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For a podcast of this post, listen here or subscribe on iTunes. It’s a time of year when many people are traveling. In areas of the world where this time of year is particularly dark and cold, families are taking full advantage of the cold to travel somewhere with fun outdoor activities, or using children’s […]

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What Montessori Taught Me

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For a podcast of this post, listen here or subscribe on iTunes. This weekend, I had a homeowner adventure. The sink was slow and I didn’t really want to call a plumber. After dinner, I cleaned things out from under the sink, got a towel handy, got a flashlight and my pink multi-tool, and began […]

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The No-Stress Conference

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For a podcast of this post, listen here or subscribe on iTunes. As fall turns toward winter, the school year settles in, and we prepare for conferences. Students from preschool through high school have been working for several weeks, and educators have gotten to know their students — their aptitudes and challenges, not just what […]

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Benign Neglect

Thoughts & Reflections

We’re hard-wired to help children. We wouldn’t have survived long as a species if we weren’t. We recognize That Cry in the midst of all other noise. A whispered, “Mom?” will wake one from the deepest slumber, when a telephone ringing or doorbell doesn’t. We will literally do anything for our children — the food […]

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Why We Use Sounds in Montessori

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For a podcast of this post, scroll to the bottom of this page or subscribe on iTunes. There’s any number of things that are different about the Montessori philosophy when compared to another early childhood education setting, or even an elementary school. One of those differences is the use of letter sounds rather than letter […]

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