Two Things Always Matter

Affirmations for parents There is a good supply of helpful literature available for parents, some of which I have read and would recommend. None of it will be quoted or referenced here, though reading would support the thesis that, for parents and children, two things always matter:  time and attention. Time In the early yearsContinue reading “Two Things Always Matter”

We Shall Overcome

The first years of my teaching career passed quickly in a Montessori classroom just outside Atlanta, Georgia.  The school was near of Emory University, the King Center for Social Justice, Georgia State University, The Centers for Disease Control, Eggleston Children’s Hospital, and Agnes Scott College.  Culturally and economically, it was an extraordinarily diverse population.  SomeContinue reading “We Shall Overcome”

Summer Reading

The year our daughter turned six, she celebrated the first day of summer with our neighbor.  It was a hot day, so they set the sprinkler in the sun, found last-year’s bathing suits, and ran the afternoon away; back and forth through the cold water, laughing.  When they finally stopped for popsicles, they decided theyContinue reading “Summer Reading”

Building a Pond

A few summers ago, we built a pond. Our sons were then 16 and 12, and our daughter was 10. They grew up in Montessori classrooms that were beautiful, carefully prepared communities where they learned to concentrate, read, collaborate, and master difficult tasks. Their teachers instilled a deep reverence for the natural world. They wereContinue reading “Building a Pond”