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An incredible Montessori foundation for children and an inspirational resource for teachers and parents.

An incredible Montessori foundation for children and an inspirational resource for teachers and parents.
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An incredible Montessori foundation for children and an inspirational resource for teachers and parents.






(605) 271-9945


Episode 62- Tidy Like At School

A child might always hang up their coat at school, but never at home, or always tidy their work, but leave small doll shoes for parents to step on at home. What's going on here?

Duration: 00:15:33

Episode 61- Discipline

What is this word, "discipline?" What do we mean? Why do we say it with such delight? Is it the same as punishment? Is it demanded, supported, imposed?

Duration: 00:09:45

Episode 60- Art Work in Montessori

What's the purpose of Art in a Montessori classroom? How can we support creativity? How can we support the Process of Art, not just the Product?

Duration: 00:14:19

Episode 59- Words of Encouragement

Why do we say things like, "you did it!" and "congratulations!" but we try to avoid "good job?" Are Montessorians cold and unfeeling, or is there space for affirmation?

Duration: 00:12:34

Episode 58- Gifts

We love to give children gifts. For a birthday or a holiday, or because it's Tuesday or I was thinking of you. Looking for a great gift? Here are five of our favorites.

Duration: 00:23:35

Episode 57- Principled Parenting

Stick to your guns of let it go? A pause and reflection on what's really important can help diffuse an argument, or provide another way to approach a situation.

Duration: 00:17:23

Episode 56- Comparisons

Sometimes comparisons are helpful, sometimes, not so much. They can be a tool, or they can create challenges, or even internal conflict, when it might be unnecessary.

Duration: 00:14:06

Episode 55- Communication With Children

Communication is the give and take of everyday life. There can be challenges, and in this podcast, we provide some tips and suggestions from the classroom.

Duration: 00:27:22

Episode 54- A Montessori Life

We recently held a Parent Education Workshop and a Webinar on A Montessori Life, uncovering a few areas of the classroom dynamics which sometimes translate well into family life. In this podcast, we chat with Jamie Bauer, Montessori Parent and Educator, on some ways she has brought Montessori into their home life, aspects of school they leave at school, and some challenges even a trained Montessorian faces!

Duration: 00:22:01

Episode 53- Motivation 2

No one will tell you what to do in a Montessori classroom. Opportunities will be provided, but it's up to you to choose how you're going to spend your time, what you'll do when faced with a challenge. It is empowering, and gives children motivation.

Duration: 00:16:14

Episode 52- Motivation 1

Work is motivating. When we only progress when a child has mastered something, we're instilling intrinsic motivation. The first in a two-part series on Motivation.

Duration: 00:14:29

The Best Year Yet

A few hints for starting the school year off strong.

Duration: 00:21:51

Episode 50- Learning Reality

It's so easy to forget, EVERYTHING is learned. We learn from an early age that we have an impact on our environment -- the people and the things around us. Sometimes, when we say something, it's true. Sometimes, it isn't but is that the same as a lie? Or wishful thinking? Or hope?

Duration: 00:14:51

Episode 49- Why Do We Help?

To help is one of our most important roles as adults in children's lives. It's one of the ways we live in relationship, and one of the reasons we need community. What are some of the ways we help, and what might be motivating factors behind this help?

Duration: 00:08:22

Episode 47- Getting Ready For Math

Math is typically one of the last areas of the Primary Classroom a child works in. There are so many things a child is working on developing, skills required for success in math. Why do we wait? Why don't we jump in on the first day?

Duration: 00:10:21

Episode 46- The Purpose Of Practical Life

Practical Life is foundational for children under six, in both the Toddler and Primary Environments. Why do we show children sweeping, scrubbing, polishing? What is the point of all these materials?

Duration: 00:12:01

Episode 45- Maximum Effort

Maximum Effort is a Montessori term for a quality Maria Montessori observed in very young children. Devoting all of their energy to mastering something, in order to fulfill their development.

Duration: 00:11:58

Follow The Child

"Follow the Child" is a Montessori phrase that is used a lot, but what does it mean? What DOESN'T it mean? How do we know we're Following the Child?

Duration: 00:12:29

Vocation or Job

This work, the Montessori lifestyle, is all-encompassing. It isn't clock-in-clock-out, it's not even a job or a career. It's a vocation, a lifestyle, a path of self-reflection and self-improvement. In this podacast, we chat with Lara Jacobs, Montessori guide and parent, who wrote a beautiful post for the blog entitled, "Vocation of Job?" In this podcast, with the same title, we talk about how she discovered Montessori, and how it's impacted her life. Hint -- in many, myriad, daily ways.

Duration: 00:17:17

Episode 40- Baby-Led Weaning

Learning happens outside of a classroom, and even before a child is ready to attend school! Learning to walk, to talk, and to feed yourself are huge achievements. Learn more about one way to support independence with eating in this podcast interview with Jamie Bauer.

Duration: 00:13:11

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