Engineering Books for Children


As I ponder more about my children and their education, I continue coming back to Project Based Learning where children imagine, build, and create in their learning. The most basic way to think about this type of learning is to think about basic survival skills. Are you self sufficient? Would you know how to orient [Read On]

How to Survive Watching a Child Get Crushed on the Playground


I know. I am not alone. Maybe experiencing your child get crushed on the playground is some sort of initiation to the next level of parenting toughness, or maybe it is just a cruel way of reminding us parents that we made the decision to bring this child into the world…so we must allow him [Read On]

The Importance of Gross Motor Development


“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood Why is developing gross (or [Read On]

How to Encourage Early Math Skills


I am completing my Montessori Math album. As I review the brain research behind why and how to teach mathematical thinking to young children, I am drawn back to an article written by Mary Schneider of Woodinville Montessori School and MEIPN. She succinctly describes why we cannot “teach” math to young children and how we [Read On]

Valentine’s Day Books for Young Boys


Most of us have a Love/Hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. Even when I was younger and didn’t have a significant other to celebrate the day, I always understood that the day was a celebration of more than romantic love.  The message and meaning I want to convey to my boys (ages 4, 3 and Due [Read On]

Montessori in the Home for Infants and Babies

toddler painting at easel

Montessori is a philosophy that should extend far beyond classroom walls. Montessori is a lifestyle, not simply an educational method.  Dr. Maria Montessori believed strongly in the concept of education of the whole child and subsequently developed materials and lessons in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Life Sciences. Practical Life included [Read On]