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Why Punishment Doesn’t Work, But Consequences Do

Why Punishment Doesn’t Work, But Consequences Do

This is a great article by Christina Clemer via www.mother.ly. We wanted to share her wisdom in the area of consequences! Like many Montessorians, I’ve used open, glass cups for my son to drink out of since he was 6 months old. People sometimes ask, “Won’t the […]

Giving Children ‘Purposeful’ Work This Summer

Giving Children ‘Purposeful’ Work This Summer

We had a wonderful school year at Trent Montessori! As we break for summer, we thought we’d offer some ideas on how to help your children continue to learn and grow while they are not in school. The original article can be found here. When […]

Parents’ SIDS Story: Finding Hope

Parents’ SIDS Story: Finding Hope

This story is a tear jerker, but we feel this topic is so important and helpful to revisit. Most parents have been coached through the best practices when it comes to newborns and sleep to avoid SIDS, but the reminder is always good. And this […]

SCREEN TIME SYNDROME: BRAIN IMAGES EXPLAIN WHY KIDS ARE MOODY, IMPULSIVE & CAN’T PAY ATTENTION

SCREEN TIME SYNDROME: BRAIN IMAGES EXPLAIN WHY KIDS ARE MOODY, IMPULSIVE & CAN’T PAY ATTENTION

This article was originally published here. We agree that encouraging kids to spend more time outside, being creative, away from screens, is one of healthiest things you can do to encourage your child to think and develop. Screen time, in its multiple forms, will be […]

Celebrating Montessori Education Week!

Celebrating Montessori Education Week!

This year, Montessori Education Week is February 25th through March 3rd, 2018. We want to celebrate by not only honoring Dr. Maria Montessori, but also by thanking our Trent parents (both past and present) for believing in the Montessori Method and choosing to give your […]

Raising overcomers: How to teach your kids to do hard things

Raising overcomers: How to teach your kids to do hard things

I haven’t taught any of my children to ride a bike. Not one of the four. I’ve helped, for sure. I’ve held on to the seat and steadied them while they will their bodies to balance and their feet to push the pedals, but my […]

5 Tips in Teaching Your Kids Respect

5 Tips in Teaching Your Kids Respect

1. Demand Good Manners Acting polite isn’t merely a formality, says psychotherapist Ingrid Schweiger, Ph.D., author of Self-Esteem for a Lifetime. “When kids say ‘thanks’ after something is given to them, they acknowledge that there’s a mutual exchange going on, a give-and-take,” she explains. And by […]

How Many Toys Are Too Many?  12 Reasons Why Kids Benefit from Less

How Many Toys Are Too Many? 12 Reasons Why Kids Benefit from Less

This Christmas season, while shopping for toys for your children, keep this in mind — children may actually benefit from fewer toys?!  This article was originally published by Emily Wade on ThinkAboutNow.com. Renowned child educator, Maria Montessori said “Play is the child’s work.” She meant […]

Sharing: Why We Shouldn’t Force It

Sharing: Why We Shouldn’t Force It

Photo by Kidstock/Getty Images In this article by Christina Clemer, she explains why we don’t actually teach “sharing” in the Montessori classroom. Instead, we try to encourage the lifeskill of waiting. This article was originally published on Motherly. As you probably know, being a referee for […]

7 Key Phrases We Use in the Montessori Classroom

7 Key Phrases We Use in the Montessori Classroom

This article was originally published by Christina Clemer on the blog, Motherly. We found it so true and very helpful and we wanted to share. This is a wonderful example of the language we use, the environment we strive to create, and the confidence we want to […]