I’ve mentioned many times that the Nat Geo books have always been popular in my classroom. I know a lot of my students also had some at home. Check out all of these fun titles that you can enter to win for yourself or to donate! Good luck! Continue reading “Nat Geo Kids Fall Favorites #Giveaway Ends 11/2”
I love finding new books to inspire learning in children. Even better when you can get them for free! Take advantage of this free Kindle deal on October 1 to inspire some skywatching in your kids!Continue reading “#FreeRead In the Sky by Rachelle Nones October 1”
If you want to teach kids about preservation of the environment, use this story as a launchpad! And grab it quickly, because it’s currently on sale for just $0.99, usually $2.99. Read more about Living Green: A Story About Planet Earth, Environmental Preservation, Respect and Friendship by Florian Bushy and take a sneak peek inside!Continue reading “#99cents #Sale! Living Green: A Story About Planet Earth, Environmental Preservation, Respect and Friendship by Florian Bushy”
Several weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in an online discussion with Temple Grandin. She is a woman I greatly admire who has taught me a lot when it comes to working with neurodiverse individuals. I first saw her speak and then get to meet her one-on-one at a critical point in my teaching career.
As I sat there listening to her speak, I kept reflecting on how so much of what she was saying perfectly fits into the Montessori method. My hand cramped up as I scribbled dozens of notes. But I wanted to share with you some takeaways from the talk.Continue reading “Montessori Takeaways from a Conversation with Temple Grandin”
Throughout my blog networking and sharing, I came across something called the Ultimate Blog Challenge for the month of August. The topic of the day was “Why do you do what you do?” Well, let me share my why.Continue reading “UBC: What is your why?”
So yesterday was the three-year anniversary of my mother’s passing. I found myself thinking about how I’ve just completed a three-year cycle, just like we have in Montessori education. In a way, I almost found some comfort in that thought, on what is usually a really difficult day.Continue reading “Thank you, Mom, for my Montessori life”
I have always been dedicated to promoting diversity in the Montessori classroom. I thought I was doing a decent job at it. I know I have done more than many of my peers. But I also know it has not been enough.Continue reading “Reflecting on White Fragility as a Montessorian – Concluding Thoughts”
One of the things that Robin Diangelo asks us to think about is our schooling. What kind of school did you attend? What was the racial makeup? What about your teachers? Were they male or female, Black or white?Continue reading “Reflecting on White Fragility as a Montessorian – Diversity in Schools Then and Now”
Today marks 10 years since my father passed away. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been a full decade when so many memories of that difficult time feel as recent as last week. But that’s how time works.
Over the past several months, I have been doing a lot of introspection on the role that Montessori has played in my life, how it still pertains to my life, and how it can impact my future. My father had a large role in that. So today, I want to pay tribute to him for that.Continue reading “Dear Dad, thank you for my Montessori life.”
One of our struggles as educators is grappling with the messages we received in our trainings and realizing that what may sound innocent and wonderful is actually problematic and needs to change.
How many of these statements, or versions of these statements, have you made?Continue reading “Reflecting on White Fragility as a Montessorian – Our Excuses”