Category Archives: Child Development

Our Mission – Part 2: Where Are Our Kids Headed?

The first half of our mission is challenge with support. I wrote about that last week. The second half of our mission is really about where our students are headed. What knowledge and skills do they really need to live … Continue reading

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Rethinking Your Commute

My family is fortunate to live less than 5 miles from school. But I spend most weekday evenings driving my kids around town between sports, piano practice, jobs, and youth group. For us, nothing is less than a 30-minute drive … Continue reading

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Introversion and Extroversion in the Classroom

The faculty and I spend a lot of time discussing the needs of students, from both a broad, developmental perspective and from a personal and individual perspective.  One topic that comes up perennially is the role of introversion and extroversion … Continue reading

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Small Schools Have a BIG Influence

  Humans are born needing connection. We cannot thrive without relationships and the encouragement and accountability they bring. Humans have family units and close circles of friendship. We seek community in order to learn, grow, share our joys, and be sustained in … Continue reading

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How Do You Teach Character?

How do you teach character?  My answer is always through practice, practice, practice.  “By the time children are 4 years old, they often know certain values–that stealing is wrong, for example. Because kids tend to know values, they often feel patronized … Continue reading

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Child Development: Week 5

Adolescence, Part 2 As I mentioned previously, Dr. Montessori observed that one goal of adolescence is social independence (physical and mental independence come during the first two years).  Jean Piaget wrote about the process of growing out of egocentrism (the … Continue reading

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Child Development: Week 4

Adolescence, Part 1 For the last three weeks I have been writing about the phases of childhood.  Dr. Montessori proposed that there are four major phases of childhood (she called them the Planes of Development) from birth until 24 years … Continue reading

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Child Development

The Montessori Method challenges educators to shape the curriculum and pedagogy around the developmental needs of each age group.  There is no universally accepted or articulated framework for psycho-social development the way there is for biological development, and frankly, I … Continue reading

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What Makes Us “Us” — Part 3

Time and Space In our wider culture, we tend to believe that bigger is better; with “bigger” comes more opportunities, more choices, and more fun.  But bigger is not necessarily better for our cognitive and non-cognitive (character) learning. A smaller … Continue reading

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NY Resolutions vs. Reflection

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I’m too skeptical of the cycle they often instigate: inspiration, distraction, failure, and then maybe guilt for the conscientious people. Change is much harder for most of us than a few … Continue reading

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