Making Space

Making Space by Kari Ewert-Krocker | Montessori Blog I come from a HUGE extended family. Growing up, my Mom, Brother Kevin, and I lived with my grandparents. There were thirteen of us in a house with one bathroom. On Sundays, all of my aunts and uncles who didn’t live at the house would come over with their kids, too. The place was full to
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How Are the Children?

The Masai tribe of Africa, long renowned for their warrior spirit, has a traditional greeting that the community uses to gauge the health of the tribe. It is, quite simply, “How are the children?” The traditional response “The children are well” means that peace and safety prevail; the priorities of protecting the young and the powerless are in place; and that the people have
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Parent Involvement and How it Impacts Students

Involved at School?  Why? There are many child care providers and (professional organizations) that encourage parents to be involved in their child’s early childhood education.  In fact, some child care providers require it as part of enrollment at the facility.  Many parents question why their involvement in their child’s education at such an early age is so important.  After all, these children are just
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For Immediate Release: Nationwide Study of Montessori in the Public Sector Includes Family Star

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Shanna Kattari skattari@familystar.net(303) 477-7827  Nationwide Study of Montessori in the Public Sector Includes Family Star Nationally recognized Montessori School will participate in ground breaking research about Montessori outcomes Denver, CO, July 31st, 2013 – The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) has been awarded a $300,000 grant to build a comprehensive database related to the methods and outcomes
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Exciting Events with Nobel Peace Laureate THIS Weekend!

Here is a free talk on Friday, March 15th: And a cheap, sliding scale film showing on Saturday, March 16th:


Kids Aren’t Very Good Multi-Taskers

As adults, we can talk on the phone, put dishes away, stir the dinner on the stove, and make sure our kids are safe and happy all at the same time.  Children do not have this ability- in their daily activities or in their development.  Children, especially younger ones, place all of their focus on one thing and get it figured out before they
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My Kid Doesn’t Listen

At some point, every parent thinks this:  My kid never listens to me!  As frustrating as this feels, there’s a reason…  Young children hear verbs before they hear anything else. Think about this, when you say, “Don’t run”, your child hears the word “run” before they hear the word “don’t”.  So, what do they do?  They run- and it’s usually away from you, right? 
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Encouraging and Exposing Interests

Every parent has an idea of the wonderful things they will share with their child.  Maybe it’s camping, skiing, video games, princesses- whatever the interest, parents want their child to share the enthusiasm for it.  While it is wonderful for children to see their parents excited about what is enjoyable for them, it’s a fine line between wanting to share that enthusiasm and trying
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No One Knows Your Child Better

Everyone always says that parents have the hardest job.  While every parent knows this is true- what does it really mean?  There are the day-to-day challenges- scheduling the day/ weekend around the child’s schedule, not being able to come and go whenever the urge strikes, the worries of wondering, “Is my child supposed to be walking, yet?”, etc. But, the real challenges are speaking
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All My Kid Does Is “Play”

Absolutely, that is what kids do. The amazing thing about what we frequently call “play” is that it is the best way for children to learn, especially if adults support them in this! Imagine this scenario that everyone has seen at some point in their lives: A group of children is on a playground with an adult nearby. The children are playing on the
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