The Best Way to Keep our Kids Happy & Healthy


Keeping children happy and healthy during the winter months is not always easy. The good news is that there is an accessible and inexpensive approach to combating some of the challenges faced during the cold weather: Get Outdoors. Simple, right? The outdoors is the most effective way to prepare your body and your children’s bodies [Read On]

A few thoughts on language development


“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” ~ Dr. Montessori Dr. Maria Montessori viewed child development as a holistic process. There should not be memorization of skills and knowledge thereby “transferring” skills and knowledge to a child. A child should be encouraged and [Read On]

Montessori Books for Expecting Parents


Positive Discipline: The First Three Years by Jane Nelson seriously changed my life. Yes, that sounds dramatic, I know, but learning a bit about child development and how to respond to and listen to your child is hard work and takes a lot of practice. Shockingly, being positive doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so [Read On]

Teaching Children to Apologize


I never force my children to say “I am sorry.” It seems contrived and to lack sincerity to force them. I get the same eye rolls when I tell people that I don’t force my children to share. You see, I want my boys to mean it and to choose to apologize from their heart, [Read On]

Language of Firmness


Here we are again, thinking about positive discipline, such an important approach to respond to children. As I have mentioned in previous Positive Discipline posts, being positive does not come easy. I have to practice. A lot. One resource for me is my Montessori course work. My MEIPN Montessori instructor from Woodinville Montessori School recently [Read On]

The Language of Limits


During the Classroom Management portion of my Montessori training, my MEIPN instructor handed out a piece titled “The Language of Limits” shared by Marilyn Larkin, a co-founder and administrator of The Village School in Warwick, NJ. I found this 3 part outline extremely resourceful and anticipate it will be very helpful in the classroom this [Read On]