Montessori Earth Day for The Little Ones, 2021

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three: A two-day Free e-book Amazon promotion in 170 Countries on April 22-23

When a human’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs are understood and provided for, especially in the formative first three years of life, a true global citizen may be revealed; a person with a healthy self-image who has learned to know and trust others, who enjoys silence and deep concentration because the resulting joy, and compassion for others, has been experienced first hand. We have then a person who has the capacity to access the deep inner resources with which we are all born, and to nourish the lives of all beings and the planet herself.  Happy Earth Day!

This picture of the author with Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, MD, Assistant to Infancy founding trainer for The Association Montessori Internationale, was taken in the 90s. Continue reading

Aid to Life – Montessori at Home Age 0-6

(Excerpt from chapter 10 of Aid to Life, Montessori Beyond the Classroom)

Temper Tantrums
Everywhere I have worked it seems that temper tantrums are becoming a problem. In some cases a child crying “for no reason” was just not tolerated in the past and any incidence would be immediately punished. Now parents realize that it is important for children to honestly express their emotions. Temper tantrums are one of the ways young children express their emotions, unhappiness, boredom, need for attention. I hear stories from around the world that are similar:

Children cry or yell in order to get what they want and parents don’t know what to do. When the temper tantrum happens in public they are ashamed and know that something is wrong but they don’t know the answer. So they give in to the child’s demands to end the embarrassing scene.

Yes, in these situations we parents know that something is wrong. But what can we do about it? I will share some of what I have learned over the years. Continue reading

The Universal Child, Guided by Nature

This book is an adaptation of a presentation given at the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) International Congress in Portland, Oregon


(Picture from The Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, India)

THE NEEDS AND TENDENCIES OF THE UNIVERSAL CHILD
The child is indeed universal and the Montessori principles we use in our work have been shown to be valid all over the world. I am going to share with you some of the observations I have made that have convinced me that this is true. Continue reading

COVID Parenting – Some Books and Ideas

THINKING ABOUT EDUCATION

Hopefully there will come a time in the not too distant future that the word “Covid” in the title of this blog post will be meaningless and we shall have returned to normal, safe, healthy life. Already it is clear that people are re-thinking education because of the situation. Some children thrive at home, others thrive at school. In the future education may be very different than it has been for the last few generations. Continue reading