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Children and Chores

October, 2010
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“Is it Ok to bribe my child to do a chore at home?”
“Should I punish him if he refuses to do his chores?”
These are familiar thoughts in the mind of parents.
It is clear that children have to get involved in house work. However, to get them to do their [...]

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Your Child’s Amazing Brain: Implications for Parenting

October, 2010
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Beginning about four weeks after conception, your child’s brain cells were already developing at an amazing rate of 250,000 per minute, resulting in about 100 billion neurons at birth. Already, there were trillions of connections between nerve cells to insure that he or she could eat, breathe, and respond to the environment - and these [...]

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Nursery Aged Children: Expectations and Abilities

September, 2010
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Before we can speak of the expectations for nursery aged children, we must first identify who these children are, their capabilities and natural tendencies. Only then can we set reasonable expectations which will contribute to a solid foundation for future growth, development and learning. We must never set standards higher than what is physically, emotionally [...]

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Very Young Children and Montessori

August, 2010
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Montessori education is for the youngest child. Early childhood educators know that from birth, children learn from the world around them.
Montessori teachers know this too, and they have created classrooms where even the youngest children “learn” and receive more than simple “child-care”. Montessori classrooms are environments filled with love and security for all children, [...]

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Developing Compassion in Children

August, 2010
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Compassion is a deep awareness of the suffering of others and the desire to alleviate it. Not only does a person with strength in compassion show empathy, but he has also developed an inner desire to help others. Such a person would carry out acts of compassion that may be as simple as visiting and [...]

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IBDP: Opening the Doors to University

July, 2010
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a pre-university course of study over a two-year period. It is generally considered to be a well-rounded yet rigorous programme and in recent years has become widely accepted by universities around with world who want to enroll students with the self-study and research skills needed to succeed at [...]

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Special Teachers: The True Essence of Montessori Schooling

June, 2010
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Over the 30 years I have been in Montessori education, I believe it is because of the Montessori teachers and the team of support people attracted to Montessori education that it is a truly special type of schooling.
Recently, I did an “experiment” with my staff at the Montessori School of Shanghai. I had done [...]

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INCO, ANCO and SENCO: the Special Educational Need

June, 2010
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Confused over some educational terms you hear your son or daughter discussing at school? Do you know what an INCO, an ANCO or a SENCO stands for? Or an I.E.P? Can you be gifted and talented and also have a Special Educational Need? What is a Special Educational Need? Is it the same as a [...]

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A Story of Honesty

June, 2010
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As we teach young children about courtesy, gentleness and honesty, we sometimes wonder if they will ever show these qualities by themselves without being reminded. How will they act when faced with a moral decision? The following true story about a little boy in Gansu [...]

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Genres: Out the window or aren’t there enough yet?

April, 2010
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An important job of School Librarians is to ensure that students are exposed to a wide variety of literature.
Regular book talks are part of regular meetings with my students. I recommend books because a particular character is interesting, the theme relates to my audience (teenagers), the book ties in to a particular unit in the [...]

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What Makes a Montessori Classroom Special?

April, 2010
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There are many things that go into making a Montessori classroom. The most important things are the teacher and the “prepared environment” The teachers create the classroom, making the “prepared environment”.
Dr. Montessori spent 50 years observing children and came to know that both the teacher and the activities are linked. The classroom is “prepared” [...]

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The Benefits of Dynamic Counseling for Children

April, 2010
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Parents and teachers often find themselves in a counseling role; helping children to deal with challenges or to make a moral decision. While it may feel good to exercise our wisdom and give advice, it is more valuable in the long run to empower children to arrive at their own solutions. The art of ‘Spiritual [...]

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Practicing Literacy at Home: The Best Methods

April, 2010
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You have probably heard the saying, “Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher.” It is certainly true and worth remembering. You will continue to be important in guiding your children’s development, even while striving to build their independence and ability to care for themselves.

When children are very young, parents play an especially critical role [...]

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Growing Up with 3 Languages

March, 2010
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In China bilingual kindergartens are becoming more and more popular, where children as young as one and a half are being taught in English and Chinese. International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK), a kindergarten in Beijing, has taken this one step further and offers three languages; German, English, and Chinese. The kindergarten is split into three [...]

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Finding Solutions to Create Peacefulness

February, 2010
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“You two, stop fighting!”, “Behave yourselves and do not bother each other.”, “What happened again between the two of you?” As a parent of two or more children, we might hear ourselves say these phrases several times on any given day. For most of us, peaceful conflict resolution between siblings is not what we studied at [...]

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