Manifesto for a Happier World

We all want to lead a happy life. But in our quest for ‘progress’ we’ve been pursuing priorities that put our happiness at risk – not just for us as individuals, but for society as a whole.

Our collective aim should be a society with the greatest possible human happiness and wellbeing – with policies, institutions and social attitudes that help people to lead flourishing lives. This is the spirit behind a resolutionwhich was adopted last year by all 193 United Nations member states, calling for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth”, and one which promotes “happiness and the well-being of all peoples”.

You may read the rest of this piece, including Mark Williamson’s 12 suggestions for political leaders, institutions, and individuals, at My Manifesto for a Happier World on DailyGood.

New Research Shows Greater Gains for Students in Classic Montessori Programs

New research into preschool children’s development in Montessori environments by Dr. Angeline Lillard of the University of Virginia has shown that children in classic Montessori programs, such as One World’s, show larger gains in executive function, social problem solving, and academic skills.

The Primary Staff would like to share Dr. Lillard’s study, Preschool Children’s Development in Classic Montessori, Supplemented Montessori, and Conventional Programs; they hope that you find it interesting.

Recommended Blog: Name Calling, Insults, and Teasing

Name Calling, Insults, and Teasing: A Guide to Anger, Conflict, and Respect, is a blog published by Dr. Jeff Rubin. Dr. Rubin has taught conflict resolution at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, as well as at other institutions including clinics, correctional facilities, and public schools.

His blog features suggestions for working through conflict and supporting respectful relationships, often using examples from literature, history, and comics to help illustrate his ideas. The Primary faculty hope that you will find some of the ideas presented in this blog helpful.

How to Prepare Your Child’s Home Environment

A beautiful, organized, and uncluttered home environment can help in many ways: dressing and undressing is simplified; the favorite book and toy is always within reach; the child can participate in the life of the family and feel needed; challenging work that focuses the child’s attention and fulfills her needs is always available; a more fun, creative, and peaceful life comes into being for the whole family.

The Joyful Child Montessori Company has a very informative article advising parents on how to prepare their young child’s environment at home to facilitate and maximize independent learning and exploration.

You may read the article here.

Shared with permission of The Joyful Child Montessori Company: www.thejoyfulchild.us

Protecting Children During and After a Horrific Event

In this age of instantaneous worldwide media, news about a tragedy can be broadcast to faraway places immediately, and coverage can continue for days following an event. Whether something terrible has happened locally or somewhere far away, it can be difficult to know how to discuss these occurrences with your children, and how to help them cope.

P. Donohue Shortridge has been a Montessorian since 1980. She is a family coach and she speaks and writes about children and their families in the American culture. Her article, Protecting Children During and After a Horrific Event, offers some guidance on how to talk with your children about these events.

For additional information about P. Donohue Shortridge, please visit her website.

The Connection between Dr. Maria Montessori and Gandhi

One World Montessori observes Gandhi’s birthday every year in the beginning of October. Gandhi’s practice of satyagraha had distinct influence on the development of Dr. Maria Montessori’s perspective on peace education and fostered the start of many Montessori schools for the lower caste systems in India. Read more

The Prepared Environment at Home

One of the fundamental principles behind Maria Montessori’s educational theory is that the child needs to learn in a “prepared environment.”  Order, simplicity, beauty and accessibility are fundamental to a prepared environment.  This article by Maren Schmidt offers great suggestions on how to view your home from the child’s perspective and make the necessary changes to prepare your home environment.

Read the article here: The Prepared Environment at Home

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27 Non-School Skills Children Need

We all know that there are life skills that even the best educational opportunities currently do not provide.  We recommend that you read this article that lists 27 life skills that are crucial for children to learn before they reach adulthood  so that they can become productive, responsible members of society.  The article provides suggestions on how to teach these skills to the young members of your family.

Read the article here:  27 Skills Your Child Needs to Know That She’s Not Getting in School

 

 

The Way of the Peaceful Parent

We wish to share this article by Leo Baubata, in which he discusses simple steps toward being a peaceful parent.

Parents will always have stress: we not only have to deal with tantrums and scraped knees and refusing to eat anything you cook, but we worry about potential accidents, whether we are ruining our kids, whether our children will find happiness as adults and be able to provide for themselves and find love. That said, I’ve learned that we can find peace, so yes, go and hire the kids birthday parties Santa Fe Springs(http://www.jumpersjungle.com/santa-fe-springs/) without being afraid of your kids getting hurt in the bouncers, it’s part os letting them live as well.”

You may read more here.