There's always a lot of discussion amongst educators and parents about scaffolding -- giving kids just exactly the right amount of challenge to allow them to stretch without overwhelming or frustrating them. It's a pretty difficult balance to strike, and for parents with quickly-growing youngsters, a constantly moving target. However, all your worries about this … Continue reading Make Messes
The more independent my preschooler becomes, the more I actively try to step out of his way and let him spread his wings. He has a naturally cautious temperament and is not one to dive into new situations. This summer, he has been growing bolder, and I am trying to encourage him as much as … Continue reading Everything is Washable
Several months ago, I began doing some research on Maria Montessori's methods. Her writing is rich with insights, not simply about teaching, but about the ways we think about and interact with our children. I have made a few deliberate adjustments in my parenting style because of things I've read from Montessori, particularly in how … Continue reading Montessori: Honor the Work of Childhood
Good. Maybe when he grows up, he'll have a job instead of sitting in your basement eating bonbons and playing Xbox. Keep up the good work!! In all seriousness, I have taught for twelve years and had countless conversations with parents about how their kids are doing socially. Far too often, they are concerned about … Continue reading Is Your Home Schooled Kid a Nerd?
The Promise, the first major motion picture to shed light on the Armenian Genocide, premiered this past weekend. Here's why you need to see it. The Worst Crime You've Never Heard Of If you're not Armenian, statistically, chances are good that you've never heard of the Armenian Genocide. Between 1915 and 1922, amidst the chaos … Continue reading Keep The Promise