Just a Moment – Why Classroom Libraries Matter

A little while ago, I was at MJDS for a presentation my daughter was doing.  While there, I found that the class had a great collection of biographies written for kids.  I picked up a book about Hellen Keller and read a few pages...

My Journey of Discovery at MJDS

Powerful, emotional, and engaging are just some of the words that can sum up the MJDS Journey and Discovery evening. Not by coincidence, these words are the same often used to describe The Montessori Method itself. It was never clearer to me why...

Montessori: for every child, but not for every parent?

I remember the first time I got picked up by a new mom. My eldest child was about 5 months old and I was in BabyGap during my maternity leave and got the “how old is she?” opener. After exchanging some polite questions and feigning...

DRIVE: The surprising truth about what motivates us

What motivates us as human beings? The desire to learn? to have more material belongings? to be better than your peers? to achieve perfection? There are many questions about motivation, especially when it comes to the subject of motivating the...

Happy to go to school!

My kids love school! From what I hear from my friends who have children similar ages to my own, at the young age of preschool/kindergarten, most kids are happy at school.  The general consensus seems to be that these kids are at a stage...

Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

I remember my first year of teaching at Montessori Jewish Day School, listening to a discussion amongst our Judaic Studies staff as they faced the question of how to approach Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). In Israel, they said, it is...

I can do it myself, I have practical life skills!

Let’s see if you can relate to this: Two beautiful and bright children (I’m their mother, of course I think that) are running around the house – they want to be independent until they don’t. In moments of rushing and time...

What makes us different?

When I talk to parents and friends about my kids being in a Montessori school, they often ask me what Montessori is and what makes this school different from all other schools. There are several differences indeed: 1 – Mixed Age Classes...

Talk to Me… why teachers need to know what’s going on.

Let’s talk about parent-teacher communication. Having experienced difficult conversations about home life on both sides of the desk, so to speak, I know first hand how hard they can be. I also know how important they are. Please bear with...