Learning To Love To Learn

Written by Maren Schmidt

Trying to keep our children frustration free by controlling the consequences of movement--for example using spill proof drinking cups instead of ones that can spill-- prevents our children from getting necessary and accurate feedback for optimal...

Helping Your Child Learn To Listen

Written by Maren Schmidt

"You can't help your child learn anything if you don't teach them to listen and pay attention. That's what you have to do first."

I overheard Tricia, a mother of three, as she visited with a father at a parent get-together.

Afraid of breaking a...

Learning To Make Good Decisions

Written by Maren Schmidt

What should we teach our children?

Research shows that 80% of the facts we learn for tests are forgotten in a month. We remember best that information with which we have an emotional connection. It's a lot easier to remember your birthday than...

Understanding Your Child's Artwork

Written by Maren Schmidt

A visitor gushed over my four-year-old daughter's new and quite abstract painting on our refrigerator. "Oh, what a beautiful painting. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."

I was pleased that my daughter had remembered to say, "Thank...

FREE WEBINAR: Steps To Reading Success

Written by Maren Schmidt
  • 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: How To Be A Better Observer

Written by Maren Schmidt
  • 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.

Letters Of Encouragement

Written by Maren Schmidt

As young parents, my husband and I took a video-based parenting course called “Active Parenting” developed by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D. Impressed with all the valuable information I was able to put to immediate use, I became an Active Parenting...

Oxygen For Brain Development

Written by Maren Schmidt

Sometimes a simple and effective solution is right in front of us.

Our bodies are 65 percent water. Our brains are 75 percent water. Water, H2O, is made from two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Our brain needs oxygen and water for optimum...

Be Friendly With Error

Written by Maren Schmidt

Nicholas, a cheerful three-year-old, had cried every day at snack time for a week.

Because he had spilt a pitcher of water on the snack table, Nicholas refused to try to pour himself a drink of water.

Efforts to encourage Nicholas to pour an...

Join Me In Castro Valley, CA

Written by Maren Schmidt

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.