From Creeping To Leaping The Kindergarten Year

Written by Maren Schmidt

A few years ago a Montessori mother, Sarah, allowed me to use the following letter in my Understanding Montessori newsletter.

The letter explains her confusion and decision about her daughter's third year in Montessori, or the "kindergarten year".

Avoid Discouragement, Apologize

Written by Maren Schmidt

"My dad never apologized for anything. He never admitted he was wrong, made a mistake or said he was sorry for anything. I think that caused so much friction and anger in our relationship. Now, I find I'm starting to do the same thing with my...

Help Me Help Myself

Written by Maren Schmidt

Children from about age three are asking us to help them learn independence.

Children want to learn how to do things on their own without adult supervision or permission. Even though at times we feel we have to help children constantly, in...

The Myth of Sharing

Written by Maren Schmidt

Parents, picture this scene: Your folks stop by to visit with two people you don’t know, but are close to your age. Your dad says, “Give me your car keys, please. John saw your new car and he wants to take it for a spin. I know you’d want to...