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Firm, Respectful, and Nonviolent Guidance

Uh-oh! There are better ways today than spanking to guide a child with firmness. Learn the skills, Papa Francesco! We don’t practice outdated medicine and there’s no need to practice outdated child guidance. Read more »

Returning Children to the Classroom to Work for Clarification

Repetition is basic and never considered undesirable. Control of error is basic. In our school the children embarking on a “Going Out” come to an adult in the office to review their plan. We adults are the children’s control of error. We rejoice in their need to repeat. Read more »

Beginning, Middle and End: How to Love Our Work

This brings to mind how we help the children form their habits of preparing for their work choice: gathering and setting up their materials, carrying out their work with focused attention and concentration, reaching completion, and restoring all materials to good order and returning them to their places. Read more »


“If you missed 10 hours over a week, add three or four extra sleep hours on the weekend, then one or two each night the following week until you’re caught up.”

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Hummingbird Parenting Not Helicopter Parenting

I’m a Hummingbird Parent from

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The Most Fortunate of Children

Some children are this fortunate – not living in a big house, not having an endless supply of toys – in that they are offered choice and independence in the exploration of an environment of sensorial, 3-dimensional, practical, hands-on materials and activities. They are provided a relationship of love and respect and given freedom within consistently and cheerfully maintained limits. Read more »

Our Children’s Health: Yes, It Is Our Business

And as we work so hard together to inform and support families and schools for the sake of our children’s health, the Commissioner of Agriculture for our beloved and beleaguered state of Texas is doing his best to push us backwards into further depths of childhood obesity. And, no, parents can’t do this alone. It takes a village. Read more »

The Folds That Layer Us Together, the Ties That Bind Us to One Another, and the Braids That Hold Us Fast

Such a joy for a child to spend the moments of her life choosing one compelling struggle after another, learning practical skills of her time and place, and engaging in the life of her community. She gains a deep feeling of self worth, an authentic sense of belonging, and a confidence for her future challenges. Read more »

Punishment: So Middle Ages; Laissez Faire; So Lame – Montessori: So Effective

Growing and learning at home and at school without punishment? All it takes is the skill set and the practice. We’ve got that – Montessori homes and schools!

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Mind, Movement and Memory: How Cursive Writing Links to Reading

Montessori’s development and education cares for and supports the whole child. Because the hand-to-brain connection is so important, the brain-directed movement of cursive tracing linked to phonetic sounds matters greatly. Read more »

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