Asking Permission

Written by Maren Schmidt

For many of us it is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

If you really want to do something, why risk being told ”no”? Why endure the hassle of trying to sell your point? Why listen to pessimists who say that what you want to do...

BOOK | Understanding Montessori: A Guide For Parents

Written by Maren Schmidt

What is Montessori Education?

Montessori education more than anything is about understanding and aiding the natural process of child growth and learning.

The principles, methods, and materials used in Montessori education for over a hundred years...

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 a more effective teacher. 

The Art of Observation

Written by Maren Schmidt

One of the key principles of Montessori philosophy is observing the child involved in a self-selected activity, which Dr. Montessori referred to as “work.”

To observe, we should make sure that the children we are observing have something...

FREE WEBINAR: Helping Parents "Get" Montessori

Written by Maren Schmidt

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

Please join me for a 45-minute "instant" webinar on Helping Parents "Get" Montessori.

In this free webinar you'll learn about:

Leave It Ready For The Next Person

Written by Maren Schmidt

Sustainability seems to be a current buzzword. Product labels proclaim sustainability. Clothing is sustainable. Tuna is sustainable. New construction is sustainable.

Marketing types seem to be playing upon our ecological concerns of making sure...

Parents Are The Real Thing

Written by Maren Schmidt

"Humans would degenerate without the child to help him rise. If the adult does not waken little by little, a hard crust will form around him and make him insensible.''

~Dr. Maria Montessori

Being in the city is interesting, to say the least....

FREE INSTANT WEBINAR: How To Help With Spelling

Written by Maren Schmidt

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,...

12 Tips For A Healthier Brain

Written by Maren Schmidt

John Medina, affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, gives us 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home and play in his book, Brain Rules. While imparting a peer-reviewed summary of...

Save the Date: Michigan Montessori Society

Written by Maren Schmidt

Are you dealing with these aspects of difficult behaviors with children?

  • Parent's denial about the behavior
  • Lack of strategies on how to assist a child with difficult behaviors
  • Too much time spent supervising a child
  • Handling the stress and...