It’s back to school time! Google celebrated Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday today with this search page graphic. Google’s two founders became friends in college recognizing the Montessori mindset in each other.
Of course we love these (increasingly frequent) articles on the positive effects of Montessori on business innovation and creative thinking.
The Globe and Mail “Maria Montessori: guru for a new generation of business innovators” by James Martin.
While parenting Montessori children, here’s a new twist to praise and building “self-esteem”. Count how many times a day you say “Good Job!” to your children… then read this:
How Can We Help Our Children Avoid the “Self-Esteem Trap?” written by Mary Caroline Parker at the Barbara Gordon Montessori School
Better things to say:
- a non-judgmental statement of the facts ex. You cut up the fruit for our lunch.
- praise the process, not the person ex. It looks like you worked really hard on that.
- comment on how the child’s actions have affected others ex. I bet your brother appreciated that.
- ask an open ended question ex. Tell me, why did you chose those colors?
Self-esteem and self-confidence come from SELF, not from Mom and Dad!
Check out this Facebook page on “Stuff Montessori Kids Say”…. there are some hysterical stories!
Here’s a great site for bite size tidbits of info on Montessori and childhood development issues. It’s written by Maren Stark Schmidt, who is the author of Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents.
Please set aside a little time to listen to this podcast. This interview was chock full of info on just the kind of questions that are regularly asked.
LISTEN: An interview that Steve Hughes did on Think! with Krys Boyd a Dallas/Fort Worth NPR program.
Some links mentioned in the interview: