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Entries in values (7)


Today is Children's Day in Several Countries

Emilia Gomez, UMA student from San Salvador, El Salvador, says, “In my country, (today) is ‘The Day of the Child’ - all the Schools make parties for their kindergarten (preschool) students. We are going to celebrate until Friday. It will be nice!”

Children’s Day was first celebrated worldwide in October, 1953, under the sponsorship of International Union for Child Welfare, Geneva. Basically this day was instituted with the sole aim of promoting communal exchange and understanding among children, as well as to bring about beneficiary action to promote the welfare of children, all over the globe. Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide on different days of the year, depending upon the country. Today, October 1st, Children’s Day is celebrated in El Salvador, Guatemala, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

Thank you Emilia for sharing this with the UMA community!

Happy Children’s Day!


Okay, sometimes we put in items that have no direct relation to the Montessori community except to say, this one is rock solid. Amazing how music can help us connect around the globe.

Take a look:

Stand By Me from Stan Glaser on Vimeo.

Linked by UMA


Don't Underestimate your Child!

Wow! Great article in last week's NY Times which confirms many of the principles Dr. Montessori laid out decades ago about the child. A worthy full reading:

Op-Ed Contributor: Your Baby Is Smarter Than You Think

Babies and young children are designed to explore, and they should be encouraged to do so. Children learn more through natural interaction with a parent and play than with any toy.


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.


New Urbanism: Rooftop Farming

There are several ways for us to make a difference in our children's lives. Perhaps this video will stir some imagination on how we can help our children see the earth as alive and a part of who we are!

Enjoy and Learn...!


Just Published: "The Self-Awakened Child" series

Jonathan Wolff, mentor/trainer, has just published THE SELF-AWAKENED CHILD SERIES, a dynamic character education program (for teachers and parents) he created to build self esteem, critical thinking, and healthy relationships in children 3 - 9 years old.

Each of the 15 books in the series focuses on a specific quality of character: “Acceptance,” “Assertiveness,” “Compassion,” “Courage,” “Creativity,” “Forgiveness,” “Honesty,” “Kindness,” “Loyalty,” “Peace,” “Respect,” “Responsibility,” “Self-Discipline,” “Trust,” and “Unity.”

Each book features exercises specifically designed to help children reach the full expression of their character that have been tested in the heat of battle by parents and teachers around the world with proven success. The books can be purchased separately ($12/each) or as a series ($165).

To order: . If you order the series by June 30th, you will receive a complimentary copy of CENTERSTONES, an illustrated collection of affirmations that develop clarity, calmness, courage, concentration, confidence, cheerfulness and compassion in children 3 - 9 years old.


Seven Essential Traits of Leaders (cont.)

Integrity is another important quality of good leadership. The effective leader firmly adheres to his or her code of values. This does not mean that the leader is an inflexible person; to the contrary, effective leaders are often highly flexible and willing to compromise on many issues. However, effective leaders will not compromise when their core code of values are challenged. 

Integrity is important for two reasons. Adhering to a code of values is essential to an individual's self-worth. Without self-worth, an individual cannot lead effectively. Producing movement and change frequently results in a barrage of challenges to the leader's role, expertise, and value to the organization. Without self-worth, it is unlikely that the leader will "survive" the barrage. Secondly, people expect leaders to operate on a high ethical plane; if a leader shows a lack of integrity, it is unlikely that the leader's people will follow the leader for long.