Watch Me Grow – a free class open to the public at Keystone Montessori for Mom or Dad and their child, ages 15 mo. – 24 mo. Please email Ms. Laura at email@example.com to be put on the waitlist for our Spring Session – space is limited!
Articles & Links
- A Montessori Approach to Toileting – Michael Olaf
- Characteristics of the 2nd Plane Child
- ‘Children Succeed’ With Character, Not Test Scores – NPR
- Elementary Book List – Suggested books to read aloud to your elementary-aged child
- Five Reasons to Stop Saying “Good Job!” – Alfie Kohn
- Gateway Parenting – Wendy Calise
- Helping Your Child Learn to Manage Anger – Dr. Laura Markham
- Kids in the Kitchen – Positive Parenting
- Link to Research Studies on Montessori Education
- Technology in the Montessori Classroom – Greg MacDonald
- The Technology Screen – John Long, Silvana Q. Montanaro, M.D., and Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
- Unsolicited Evaluation is the Enemy of Creativity – Peter Gray, Ph.D.
- What Do Babies Think – TED Talk by Alison Gopnik
- What Research Says About Montessori and Student Outcomes
- Children: The Challenge - by Rudolf Dreikurs, Vicki Soltz
- From Childhood to Adolescence – Maria Montessori
- How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way – Tim Seldin
- Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius – Angeline S. Lillard, PhD
- Parenting From the Inside Out - Daniel J. Siegel, Mary Hartzell
- To Educate the Human Potential – Maria Montessori
- Toilet Awareness – Sarah Moudry (a good read for toilet learning)
- Association Montessori International/USA
- How We Montessori
- Montessori Foundation
- Montessori Madmen
- Our Montessori Life
Dis-Connected – Impact of Excessive Screen Time on Kids:
Dr. S Sudhakar, Founder of SchoolCues and GLTYR, spoke on this subject at our Community Meeting, January 12, 2016. Scientists are just now beginning to flush out the effects of excessive electronic engagement on kids. Too much screen time may be linked to an increased incidence of risky behaviors. More social network activity also appears to correspond to mood problems among teens. But there’s good news, too. Moderate use of technology may be associated with the development of some cognitive, motor and social skills.
Dr. Sudhakar’s “Call to Action – Reconnecting” for all parents and staff is to identify one small change you would like to make in your daily life which would empower kids to be more active and to have more quality interaction and engagement with parents, friends and family. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please send your recommendations to Ms. Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids and Screens: What Can We Do? – Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.
- We will sometimes go for family walks after dinner (when it doesn’t get dark so early).
- We do family game nights.
- One of us will lay with our eldest for 10 minutes at bedtime, in the dark, so she can talk to us…she seems to open up the most during this time.
- We have a rule that the kids must get a least 1 hour of exercise a day…we usually go to the park, play outside, etc.
- We stopped watching any TV during the week. Makes it harder some days, but ultimately makes for a happier house. And TV is a special treat, not the expectation.
– Alexander Family
- We plan to incorporate this (above idea) when our kids are a bit older.
- We have a “no technology” rule at the kitchen table, for all meals.
- We have a “no technology” rule whenever we have visitors. The only exception is if sharing pictures or videos of a recent event/activity. We need to be socializing/interacting with company.
- Just as another parent shared, at bed time after reading to each other, we turn out the lights, snuggle down, and talk about our day and what the plans are for the next day. So much more gets shared at that time than the typical “how was your day” after picking her up.