Is Spelling Dead?

Written by Maren Schmidt on March 07, 2017

In today’s tech world with computerized dictation programs, along with the ability to use spelling auto-correct as we write, there is an educational faction that says that learning to spell is unimportant, that spelling is dead.

Research shows,...

Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw

Written by Maren Schmidt on March 01, 2017

Carpenters and cooks know a certain rule of productivity.

A sharp well-maintained tool makes a job go faster and easier.

Plus, tools that are ready to go are a pleasure to use.

One of facts of life that I understand now, that I didn’t appreciate...

FREE WEBINAR: Steps To Reading Success

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 26, 2017
  • Want FUN reading activities to do with preschoolers?
  • Want to feel confident about children's reading?

In Steps To Reading Success, you'll learn:

  • Skills essential to reading success
  • Common developmental obstacles
  • Why one important skill is...

Free Webinar: What Does It Take To Become A Good Observer?

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 21, 2017
  • Have you ever wished for the proverbial teacher's eyes in the back of your head?
  • Do you want to help children overcome their learning obstacles?

Observation is the skill to help you become more effective.

Join Me In Castro Valley, CA

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 10, 2017

Join me for a Bay Area Montessori Association (BAMA) workshop on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9 am until noon at Golden Oaks Montessori School in Castro Valley,  California.

The topic? 

Practical Life: Bringing Montessori Into Your Home.

Habit 6: Synergize

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 01, 2017

Synergize?

When I first read The 7 Habits, this idea of synergize lacked clarity for me.

Covey subtitles this chapter on synergy as Principles of Creative Cooperation.

As I incorporated the first five habits into my life, though, synergy...

FREE WEBINAR: Helping Parents "Get" Montessori

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 29, 2017

 Are you a school leader concerned about helping your school families "understand" Montessori?   

On Wednesday, February 8 or Thursday, February 9, at 4 PM Pacific, please join me for a 45-minute webinar on Helping Parents "Get" Montessori.

In...

Five Step Problem Solving

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 18, 2017

"Stop!" I heard six-year-old Alan tell a couple of three-year-old girls. "I think you've got a problem."

Lila and Susan, the three-year-olds, were tugging and grunting to see who would get possession of a puzzle. Alan continued, "I think you both...

Habit 5: Seek First To Understand

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 04, 2017

There are four basic types of communication: Reading and writing, listening and speaking.

Most of our days are spent communicating in some form or the other.

Our school days are filled with learning to become better readers and writers, but how...

Millennials In The Workplace

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 03, 2017

 Are you concerned about the effects of the digital age on adults and children?

This 15-minute video with Simon Sinek is a must-see. 

Find out how you can make a difference.