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Teacher Series: How To Stretch Your Dollar

Teacher Series: How To Stretch Your Dollar

Have you ever heard a teacher talk about how much of their salary goes back into the classroom? Better yet, have you ever met a teacher who didn’t spend his or her own money on their students? I cannot tell you how much of my own money I spend on my classroom. I can’t tell […]

Backyard Series: Be a Zoologist

Backyard Series: Be a Zoologist

“My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature.” – Jane Goodall Did you know that sloths and armadillos belong to the same mammal family? Me neither, until my daughter fell in love with sloths and the knowledge train left the station. Her love for sloths hasn’t lessened in […]

Backyard Series: Be a Botanist

Backyard Series: Be a Botanist

“There is not a spring of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” Thomas Jefferson My mom has a green thumb, I frequently need her help to keep my gardens green and growing! Both of my children enjoy planting seeds in the spring and watching them grow, we currently have a small pumpkin patch in our […]

Backyard Series: Be a Geologist

Backyard Series: Be a Geologist

“The best way to study Mars is with two hands, eyes and ears of a geologist, first at a moon orbiting Mars… and then on the surface.” Buzz Aldrin I’ve heard about a place in Arkansas where you can pay to dig for diamonds on a 37 acre plot of land, while I haven’t been […]

Backyard Series: Be An Astronomer

Backyard Series: Be An Astronomer

“It may be that our cosmic curiosity… is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.” Neil deGrasse Tyson I fell in love with the night sky while camping as a child watching the sky turn dark over the sand dunes on Lake Michigan. Since that summer night, I’ve been inclined […]

Choosing the Right Montessori Environment

Choosing the Right Montessori Environment

Not all Montessori schools are alike. I know, it seems like an obvious statement but there are numerous ways that a Montessori school can differ, and each of those things may determine whether it is a quality program that meets your expectations and the needs of your child, or a program that simply uses materials […]

Practical Life: An Area of Purpose

Practical Life: An Area of Purpose

In every Montessori Classroom, there is an area that sparks the magic of learning.  This area, gives children the opportunity to develop fundamental skills that lay the foundation for all learning that is to come.  This area is called Practical Life. It ignites concentration, which is the real purpose of this hands-on area. I have […]

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid with Montessori at Home

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid with Montessori at Home

If you are reading this you have probably decided to start practicing Montessori at home. First, I must say, congratulations! You have made an excellent choice for you and your toddler! Secondly, I want to warn you of a few problems new mamas in the Montessori world stumble upon. Like I mentioned above there are […]

Five Ways Montessori Made Me a Better Father

Five Ways Montessori Made Me a Better Father

We know that Montessori methods offer young children the very best start in life. But could learning more about the Montessori approach be of benefit to parents too? Here are five ways Montessori made me a better Dad. Time I try to give my children the gift of time and I don’t really mean me […]