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...

Alternatives To Punishment

Written by Maren Schmidt

Six-year old Bobby walks into the kitchen from playing soccer.

Bobby's dad, Tom, had asked Bobby to take off his muddy shoes before entering the house. Red Georgia mud dotted the new hallway and den carpet.

When Tom sees the footprints, he is...

Three Ways To Change Behavior

Written by Maren Schmidt

Lisa is so different from Grace. Grace never broke anything when she was this age. Lisa breaks something every day," Meg told me at our playgroup with ourone-year olds.

Meg, a long-time friend, was over 30 when she had her first child....

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...