Entries in Parents of Montessori students (10)


Parent/Community Engagement ( vs. Involvement)

Having a Parent Night and getting parents involved with the education of their children is one thing. But to keep them engaged is another.  So often, schools feel that they simply don't have time to be more effective working with parents.  Here's an article that helps!  

It's written by Larry Ferlazzo of the Teacher Leaders Network. He opts for engagement with families and communities which build a lasting resilience for development. Want to carry on the conversation? Do it here in our Discussion Forums ( free membership required)

Montessori 101: The Montessori method

Here is the second in the series:


Thanks again to Jocelyn Scotty for these articles!


Children can learn more about our National Parks

Came across this great site of the National Park Service's site for children of all ages. It is especially geared for older children above age 6. There is plenty to do here and explore and a great way to learn about nature and the outdoors. Try it out:



A sobering simulation

As Montessorians, we have both the privilege and obligation to share with children and parents, the awesome responsibility to care for our planet. Today's post takes you to a simulation that visually staggering as we consider the richness of the earth and our care for it. Check out:


Be sure to scroll down the entire page for more information.
Let me know what you think.


Video: Dr. Montessori- Worth Sharing

Here is an excellent little video about Dr. Montessori that you can share with parents, friends or those who simply would like to know more about Dr. Montessori and her work. Enjoy!


Positive Thinking for Kids

Positive Thinking for Kids
By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Kid Cooperation and Perfect Parenting

During their growth and development, children go through many stages of self-doubt. They are always comparing themselves to others, and they often see themselves as coming up short. As parents, we can offset this natural tendency in our children by giving them the skills to think more positively. It is important that you really listen to your children, and help them overcome their negative thoughts and beliefs. This is, of course, easier to do if you practice positive thinking yourself.

Our world is so full of negative feedback. We need to arm our children with a positive attitude, so that they can stay focused in the right direction. Let’s look at some typical negative statements from children, along with some positive responses from their wise parents:

I can’t do it.
Take your time and try again. I have confidence in you.

Heather hates me.
Sounds like you’re feeling rejected by Heather, and that must hurt. I know you want Heather to like you. Remember that you’re a very lovable kid and a terrific person, no matter what Heather, or anyone else, says or does. And, you know, she may have a problem that has nothing to do with you.

I’m just no good in history.
You’ve brought up Cs before—I know you can do it again. Besides that, honey, nobody is good at everything. And look at this A in math, you’ve always done well with numbers!

I’m so clumsy. I’ll never learn to rollerblade!
It’s tough learning something new. Remember when you first tried to ski, how hard it was? But you stuck with it, and now you’re really good at skiing.

There is real value in discussing positive thinking and self-esteem with your children on a regular basis. Sadly, these subjects are not yet included in the school curriculum. There are good books written for children, as well as adults, which demonstrate the use of positive thinking. Reading a book together is a good launching pad for starting a conversation. Pointing out positive versus negative attitudes from news stories or life stories is an excellent way of showing your children just how this all works in real life, too.
A great web site for finding lots of wonderful positive messages is: http://greatday.com

Modeling a positive attitude is one of the most effective ways of teaching your children. Children learn what they live. So start presenting your thoughts in a positive way, Oh well, I burned the dinner—guess that means we get to eat cereal for dinner!

Parents always hope that their children will have a positive outlook on life, but most often how this happens is left to chance. When you take this matter into your hands, and look for ways to guide your children’s thoughts in a positive direction, you will see very exciting results.

Excerpted with permission by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. (http://www.newharbinger.com/) from Kid Cooperation, How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate by Elizabeth Pantley (http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth, copyright 1996)


Providing Clean Water to some of World's Poorest- H2Oh No!

I just watched a video from charity: water, in which Jennifer Connelly shows us the terrible plight of the hundreds of millions of people who live without access to clean water and sanitation. You can introduce this through a science/cultural activity.

Be Creative! And if you are, share it with the rest of us.

Then I took action with ONE and asked my senators to cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 (S.624), which will help bring first-time, sustainable access to clean water and sanitation to a hundred million of the world's poorest people. Check out the video and then make that commitment, too, by adding your voice.

Go here to make the commitment: http://www.one.org/us/waterfortheworld/index.html?rc=wftwtaf

Get parents involved with this as well and make sure your children are aware of the need.

Thanks! John


Pandemic Flu Preparedness Resources

I am sure by now that many of you have already made preparations in your school and with parents for the possible flu pandemic. The information below is courtesy of the James Lee Witt Associates.
(Disclaimer: These materials have been prepared by James Lee Witt Associates for informational purposes only. In no way are they to be considered medical advice, or advice regarding diagnosis or treatment and are not intended to take the place of advice or treatment from licensed healthcare professionals.)

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
• Take common-sense steps to limit the spread of germs – Make good hygiene a habit.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or anti-bacterial wash.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in a waste basket.
• Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
• Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Keep on hand a hygiene kit that includes the following items.
• Anti-Microbial Alcohol Wipes (in addition to antiseptic wipes in First Aid Kit)
• Non-Latex Gloves, in addition to those in First Aid Kit (readily available at paint supply and hardware stores)
• Soap less/Waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Face masks. (available at drug or hardware stores)

Here are some additional resources you may be interested in:

www.pandemicflu.gov. Federal government. Planning & preparedness outreach and awareness information, government alert phases and stages, control and management advice and traveler alerts and advice.

www.cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control. Federal government. Planning & preparedness outreach and awareness information, government alert phases and stages, control and management advice and traveler alerts and advice

www.fema.gov. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal government. Emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery information.

www.hhs.gov. Health and Human Services. Federal government. Human health information.

www.who.int. World Health Organization. Information of pandemic for the world

www.un.int. United Nations. Information related to Pandemic for countries throughout the world

www.worldbank.com. World Bank. Financial information related to pandemic


Audio Interview with Jim Fay of Love and Logic

Last week I interviewed the co-founder of Love and Logic, Jim Fay. Love and Logic is a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., and is based on the experience of a combined total of over 75 years working with and raising kids. It provides simple and practical techniques to help teachers and parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. Love and Logic offers many useful techniques that teachers and parents can begin experimenting with immediately.

Every Wednesday Love and Logic has a Free Weekly Tip. Signup for it on their website at: http://www.loveandlogic.com


For Parents and Schools: "What about those light bulbs?"

You've heard the hype about CFL bulbs, both the good and the bad. Here's an article that may help you and parents make a responsible and knowledgeable choice on what bulb to use? http://www.ewg.org/node/27220

Always be thinking of ways to be more Green!