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Parent Pressure Phenomenon

Are you overparenting? The symptoms of PPP are a part of our basic biology; we are hard-wired for this anxiety response. Click photo for complete article:


Nature Deficit Disorder

A report from National Trust presents us with compelling evidence that we as a nation, and especially our children, are exhibiting the symptoms of a modern phenomenon known as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder.’

"We look at what this disorder is costing us, why it’s proving so difficult to reverse, and gather current thinking on what we must do to eliminate it..." (Natural Childhood, by Stephen Moss)

(click photo for full report)

"For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality. Increasingly, nature is something to watch, to consume, to wear – to ignore."  Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods pg.6



UMA Enrollment Alert

Our UMA Fall Quarter 2013 enrollment is full

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for the September 15th starting date, please fill out the UMA application (include your enrollment fee). This fee will be fully refunded if we are unable to provide you a space. 

We are currentlly accepting applications for the UMA Winter Quarter

The Winter online class series will start on January 15th, 2014.

Sign up now!

 (UMA music workshop - FUN!)


Employment Opportunity

Small, Diverse School in Alameda, CA Seeks Toddler and Primary Teachers

The Child Unique and Montessori Elementary School of Alameda is an award winning school in beautiful Alameda, California committed to the standards of excellence according to traditional Montessori principles and philosophy.  

The expectations for a teacher are to create and maintain the environment, respect the individuality of each child, assess each child’s learning needs and create curriculum based on those needs, conduct parent conferences and communicate positively and continually with parents regarding their child’s progress and  development. Teachers create a warm, loving secure environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, self-confidence and independence so that children may become models of peace and can succeed in an evolving world.

Alameda is an island in the bay, connected to Oakland by bridges and a tunnel. The island is about six miles long and two miles wide. Alameda has a small community atmosphere with beaches and biking trails. The climate is mild and sunny most of the time. There is a ferry to and from San Francisco.

Montessori Toddler or Primary Certification, Fluent in both written and spoken English, BA Preferred, Spanish a plus. Early Childhood/Toddler Credential. Must be able to legally work in the US, pass State & Federal Background checks and California medial requirements.

Contact: Bruce Marbin at 541.760.6174 or


Human Health and Microbes

How our gut microbes work for our health...

An excellent New York Times article, worth taking the time to read it all the way through (click photo):









The Myths of ADHD

An interesting article on "why French kids don't have ADHD"...

Click on picture for an interesting read:


Helpful the aftermath

“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” Montessori.

Help your children work through what they see (and hear).

(click photo for article)


Happy Spring!


Tea Cup Matching

This lovely place-setting excercise is a great Sensorial precursor to a Practical Life tea-serving activity.












Developmental Aims:

  1. Sharpen visual discrimination of gradations of size in series
  2. Develop visual discrimination of colors and patterns in sets 
  3. Develop fine muscle coordination through careful manipulation of small porcelain objects
  4. Develop sense of order, concentration, and independence

(Activity displayed at a PNMA Spring Sharing Fair in Seattle, WA)


No Such Thing as President's Day?

Did you know that there is no official 'Presidents' Day' holiday?

Want to know more? Click on photo for the CSM article.