It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put in giving.
— Mother Teresa

I met a fifth grade boy recently who was happy to share his feelings about the upcoming holidays. “I’ve given up on Christmas,” he said. “I’ve come to realize that, no matter what I ask for, what I really want I just won’t get. I asked for an Xbox last year and got a book. Whenever I ask for video games, my mom tells me to go outside and play. Why doesn’t she understand I just want to be like the other kids?”

I have to admit, his cynicism tugged at my heart strings. I know his mother, and I know and respect the reasoning behind her parenting decisions and their family values. I know, too, that she feels guilty at times over values, wants, and needs.

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The Absorbent Mind, Chapter 22: Social Development

…no one acting on the child from the outside can cause him to concentrate. Only he can organize his psychic life. — Maria Montessori The Ab...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Continue Reading this Article
Working with Executive Function Challenges in the Montessori Environment

To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control, is to betray the idea of freedom. —Maria Montessori Th...

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Montessori Parenting: Observing Sensitive Periods in Young Children

It was the children themselves who showed that they preferred one another’s company to dolls, and the small ‘real life’ utensils to toys. —M...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Continue Reading this Article
The Absorbent Mind Chapter 17: Further Elaboration, Part 3 - The Mathematical Mind

The results we obtain with our little ones contrast oddly with the fact that mathematics is so often held to be a scourge rather than pleas...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Continue Reading this Article
Montessori Learning Doesn't Have to Stop in the Summer Months

Lately I have been hearing about parents worried about “summer brain drain.” Their worry seems compounded by the plethora of advertising on...

Thursday, July 03, 2014 Continue Reading this Article
Montessori’s Use of the Term ‘Psychic’ – Developing Personalities in Childhood

“Special care should be shown for the psychic life of the newborn child. If it already has such a life at birth, how much greater will this ...

Friday, March 14, 2014 Continue Reading this Article
Montessori Practical Life and Culture: Making a Balinese Daily Offering (Canang Sari)

In the Montessori environment, children work on practical life activities to develop independence, body control and coordination of movement...

Friday, February 28, 2014 Continue Reading this Article

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