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Teaching Kindness

December 6, 2016 6:47 pm Published by
With everything that had been going on in our society recently I have been really thinking about what I can do to try to help. The conclusion that I came to, with the help of a lot of article reading, was that I need to not only be kind but also teach kindness. In my… Learn More

October 15, 2016 5:33 pm Published by
Changing works in the classroom to go with themes is a heavily debated topic in the Montessori world. While there is real validity in keeping the materials pure, the way that they were created to be, I love changing out my shelves. Here at ADM we consider ourselves “a modern take on Montessori.” Not all… Learn More

Talking TO kids not AT them

September 23, 2016 12:25 pm Published by
I was recently reading some articles on education and I came across an article by the Atlantic. It talks a lot about how our academic expectations have changed dramatically over the last few years and how it has impacted students and their learning. As a montessorian I want my students to love to learn, to… Learn More

20 years and counting

May 10, 2016 2:13 pm Published by
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Paula and Richard Bukacek, you are surely missing out. Not only are they one of the most loving couples I have ever met, but they are also the ones who first opened the doors of All Day Montessori in 1995.  When I first met… Learn More

Why observation is key

April 26, 2016 11:53 am Published by
Two months ago I was lucky enough to go to the American Montessori Conference which was held in Chicago. I went in with a very open mind, but to be honest, had no idea what to expect. I mean, I love what I do, and I love Montessori.  But what was going to this conference… Learn More

Why praise doesn’t pay off

March 11, 2016 1:51 pm Published by
As a Montessorian I always am amazed to see how my students are always seeking my approval. Whether it is a drawing or work in the classroom, I will be asked, “Do you think I did a good job?”  It is really sad that they do not have the confidence in themselves to know that… Learn More

Why Stay?

February 16, 2016 2:52 pm Published by
As I am sure all of you know it is that time of year for open houses and big choices. One of the biggest ones being where you will be sending your child for Kindergarten. As a Montessori teacher I have been taught the importance of keeping your child for the three year cycle and… Learn More

Lending a hand

January 22, 2016 8:09 pm Published by
There are always moments in my day that I am beyond amazed at the things my students do. Just the other day a student of mine sat next to me and read a book that a week ago was “too tricky”. But this time I am amazed by them in a whole new way. I… Learn More

Staying warm in the cold weather

November 21, 2015 6:26 pm Published by
I know that I personally love being outside in the winter. I love playing in the snow, building snow forts, and most of all going sledding. But as the weather gets colder spending time outside also means that we have to start dressing a lot warmer. There is a Norwegian saying: “There is no such thing… Learn More

Time well spent

November 4, 2015 2:20 pm Published by
In all honesty I don’t watch a lot of television, mainly because I don’t have cable but also because Netflix is enough for me. However, the other day I was watching television with my friend and saw the new LEGO commercial. When it first started I thought how much it sounded like the Montessori philosophy of… Learn More