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04/02/13

I met a Montessori teacher from Seattle recently – we were both working on organizing a new teacher-training program in Canada. Right away I saw something familiar about her, although we had never met. I peered through my glasses and untamed hair at her glasses and untamed hair and had the feeling I was looking…

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03/17/13

Ahh, the concept of ‘spring forward’ – who decided that this would be a good idea?  Well, they must not have had small children.  I had read about how you should prepare for daylight savings by making your child’s bedtime 15-minutes earlier every night the week before.  Yeah, right – as if that would really…

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03/01/13

Bruce and I hadn’t been to Vancouver since the ‘70’s. And then you barely slowed down as you crossed the border. So as I was happily talking to the customs officer at the airport explaining that I had been invited as a guest speaker at a college, it didn’t occur to me that this could…

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02/20/13

I love food!  I love tasting all different flavors – and I love how I feel when I am full.  I love dining at restaurants.  A nice meal out where you don’t have to make a mess in the kitchen is addicting.  Simple, easy, no clean-up.  Pay someone else to do it, and go home…

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10/09/12

Last week I stopped in the Moose Tracks Class to watch them playing a version of the “Have You Ever?” game. The children stood in a circle while one stood in the middle and said, “If you like to swim in the ocean, switch places.” Everyone who liked to swim in the ocean switched places…

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06/01/12

A Montessori school is a collection of children, teachers and parents who are all there for the same reason. We have all sought out a place where there is academic stimulation, respect, safety, support and peace. We often see the child’s sigh of relief when walking into class after the morning’s hectic pace. Teachers feel…

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04/26/12

We experienced a very sad episode in our lives last week. A former student of mine died in his sleep at the age of 20 from complications related to sleep apnea. Through the funeral I thought about Justin’s sweet nature, his angelic little 4-year-old face surrounded by a halo of shaggy blond hair. He lit…

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03/24/12

It’s that time of year again – sunlight shining where it hasn’t in months, snow falling when you really don’t think it will, giddy rehearsals for the Earth Day play, teachers planning to close out this school year with the all the pomp and circumstance that is due. As teachers happily discuss summer plans, I…

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02/03/12

I was recently part of a group invited to examine the education curriculum at a local university. Someone commented, “We could reduce the number of science and math classes – our teachers see science and math and they run.” I couldn’t help but blurt out, “How are the children ever going to learn to love…

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01/03/12

These are hot topics in the Park City public schools this year – “dual immersion”, “Spanish immersion”, “French immersion”. Public schools have been experimenting with the immersion approach where half the day is taught in English and half the day is taught in a second language. Park City public schools hope that dual immersion Spanish…

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