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May 14th, 2018

Whether we are parents or teachers, guiding and raising children can prove to be confusing, overwhelming and frustrating. We often believe children require a new or different set of management skills that are outside of our expertise. We feel lacking or limited in our capability and effectiveness.  Sometimes, the harder we try, the harder it […]

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Our Daily Doing

May 3rd, 2018

When I was a child, Saturday was a “doing” day. Everyone had a job (or two or three) and Saturday morning was our designated time to get our work done. What kind of work did we do? Strip the sheets off our beds, vacuumed, emptied the wastebaskets, cleaned the bathroom sinks and counters, ironing, dusting, […]

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Grandparents in Family Life

April 26th, 2018

“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.”                                                                                         […]

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The 7 C’s

April 13th, 2018

It’s Spring – or at least it is trying to be Spring! I find this is a good time of year to pull the 7 C’s out of the closet and freshen up my thinking. I started using different versions of the 7 C’s over 20 years ago when I read an article about Mihaly […]

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Sharing

December 11th, 2017
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The love of one’s environment is the secret of all man’s progress and the secret of social evolution. It becomes manifest in people who have survived life’s vicissitudes, who have been able to keep their integrity, or who have rediscovered such integrity in themselves.                           […]

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The Courtesy of Connection

December 1st, 2017
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Shaking hands is a wonderful way to begin and end the day! Beginning at 8:30 I shake at least 15 primary hands, 20 if you include miscellaneous parents, and if the adolescents happen to come down the sidewalk when I am greeting the primary students out on the curb, add 30 more. The toddlers don’t […]

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We Appreciate When We Participate

November 20th, 2017
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Daily life at MVM is very busy and industrious. If you haven’t been at school between 9:30 and 11:00, you should consider coming. This is when all the action takes place. Sometimes, if I am very quiet and still, I can feel the soft vibration of everyone “doing”.  Whether we are working independently side by […]

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Active Learning

November 15th, 2017

Even in the age of Google and Yahoo, when I want a definition for a word, I still turn to Merriam-Webster. I like the hardback dictionary; I feel like I am learning something. My father built a shelf in our house to hold the family dictionary – the one he received when he graduated from […]

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Uncertainty

November 2nd, 2017

Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions.  Alfie Kohn   November is here! The trees are losing their leaves, the colder nights are here and interesting behavior is surfacing on the playground and in the classrooms, and I am receiving e-mail inquiries as to how children are adjusting […]

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Boundaries

September 28th, 2017

Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them. Maria Montessori The key word in this quote is “reasonable.”  I am often asked in my parenting classes, “what’s the difference between boundaries and rules? Rules are made to be followed, aren’t they? Otherwise a consequence is in […]

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