FREE WEBINAR: Helping Children Learn To Listen 

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 21, 2017

In my many years of working with young children, there is one question I hear frequently from parents and teachers:

How do I get children to listen to me?

When we are confronted with tantrums, defiant behavior, or worse, it’s difficult to know...

Reflect and Celebrate!

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 03, 2017

Hurray!  It’s May!

As school leaders we may be thinking, “May this school year be over.”

From the first of April until mid-June the school year goes at top speed. 

FREE WEBINAR: Transforming School Families Into Dream Families

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 01, 2017

Are you concerned about connecting and engaging with the new families in your school?

Are you looking for the steps to create your ideal school community?

Please join me for this FREE one-hour webinar, Transforming Your School Families Into...

Habit 8: Find Your Voice

Written by Maren Schmidt on April 04, 2017

Over this school year I’ve shared insights from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People.

In 2004 Covey published The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness To Greatness.

In The 8th Habit Covey urges us to find our voice and help others find...

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...

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...