Archive | November, 2010

And on the topic of toys…

20 Nov

Greetings from the land of “oh my gosh when am I going to finish these observation reports and write two essays and type up countless presentations”.

I interrupt my regularly scheduled academic freak-out to bring you this: The Michael Olaf Christmas catalog.

Heck, if those well-meaning relatives and friends of yours insist on buying your child stuff, it might as well be beautiful, age-appropriate, developmentally supportive, and long-lasting, right?

I know that’s where I’ll be shopping when hubby and I have kids…

Now back to work curves… *sigh*

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It CAN be done!

6 Nov

I have posted in the past about the overwhelming amount of plastic toys children seem to have nowadays (the average child gets 70 toys per year).  I’ve also worried about how I will manage to keep to a minimum the amount of gifted plastic toys in our household when I have children of my own.  Commenters have discussed how their efforts to minimize commercial toys have been thwarted by well-meaning friends and relatives who give these less-than-ideal items as gifts.

But, much to my relief, one of my favorite bloggers has proved that it CAN be done!  You CAN control what type of gifts your child receives, you CAN create awareness for your child and your close ones, and you CAN make a positive impact in the lives of others while doing it!  Head on over to About a Girl and read about simple but AWESOME birthday gifts that keep on giving…

Here’s how she handles requesting birthday gifts from friends and family…

And here’s the type of gifts she and her husband provide for their child…

INSPIRING, INDEED!

What Is Indirect Preparation? How Does It Work?

3 Nov

Just about every activity in a Montessori classroom has two purposes: one direct and the other indirect.  While the direct goal aims at providing the child with a skill he can use in the present, the indirect goal focuses on abilities he will put to good use later in life.   This is one of the geniuses of the Montessori method: Use the child’s current interests to help him develop future abilities in a way that respects his psychological needs and physiological abilities.

My new article on www.MariaMontessori.com follows three-year old Wyatt and his parents as they experience one of the myriad benefits of a quality Montessori education.  Enjoy!

Read it, See it, Hear it… Then LIVE IT!

2 Nov

If you haven’t yet seen the 12-minute animated YouTube video based on Sir Ken Robinson’s 55-minute speech, then I suggest you head on over to KellyNaturally.com. Kelly has done an amazing job transcribing the best parts of the talk, and she also shares her viewpoint as a parent (you can also see the video on her blog!).  It’s wonderful to know that there are so many parents who understand the importance of supporting their child’s creative thinking abilities.  If you’re one of them, what are you waiting for?  SPREAD THE WORD!!!