Author Archives: Kristin Cassie

Essential Reading

To understand our philosophy on the need for a natural environment for your children, we recommend three essential books:  Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv;   Nurturing the Spirit in the Non-Sectarian Classroom, by Aline Wolf; and Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy. We know our earth is in rough shape – that without […]

The Absorbent Mind

The Absorbent Mind was Maria Montessori’s most in-depth work on her educational theory, based on decades of scientific observation of children. Anyone looking to better understand what’s happening in the minds of our budding babies might enjoy this read. https://archive.org/…/absorbentmind031…/page/n7/mode/2up

Let Nature be Your Teacher

It is no surprise to see the children’s hunger to be outside after the egregious confinements of the Covid pandemic.  For decades, expert leaders in every field have been unanimous in their counsel to ensure children have as much time as possible outdoors – and that means roaming freely, not just in learning groups.  It […]

Maria’s Wisdom

“If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence.  It must initiate them into those kinds of activities which they can perform themselves and which keep them from being a burden to others because of their inabilities.  We must help them to learn how […]

What Skill Could You Teach Your Child?

“We don’t stop to think that the child who does not do, doesn’t know how to do.” – Maria Montessori   We sometimes marvel at the ability of a particular child to do something considered “advanced for his/her age”. However any adult who has quietly observed in a Montessori classroom has witnessed many capabilities considered […]

How We Influence our Children Through Covid

The reason children are little affected by Covid is that they are free from fear.  As Aline Wolf stated in her book Nurturing the Spirit in the Non-sectarian Classroom, what you tell a child, what you teach him, makes much less of an impression than your goodness, your kindness, your attitudes and temperament; anger and fear […]

Let there be LIGHT!

Let there be LIGHT! Are you noticing all the lights and decorations in people’s yards and gardens? I’m sure I’m not the only one decorating outside for the first time. People turn naturally to light, like a flower to the sun, and the unprecedented sales in décor testify to this yearning to uplift spirits and […]

Mask Against Fear

During intensified covid restrictions, we are being called upon to pay close attention to the mental atmosphere surrounding our children. If we make a steady diet of local news, it’s easy for us to be whipped into a frenzy of fear and lose some perspective. While we continue overwhelmingly grateful to our front line workers, […]

On the Topic of True Authority

I expect you are among the many around the world questioning just what is our true authority. This is a valid query, and the response has large consequences in our lives. At an education level, for decades, even centuries, the authority lay with the teacher at the front of the classroom, and was reinforced with […]

The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude  Our gratitude is riches, Complaint is poverty, Our trials bloom in blessings, They test our constancy. O, life from joy is minted, An everlasting gold, True gladness is the treasure That grateful hearts will hold. -Vivian Burnett   Gratitude is a powerful force for good in our lives!  The answer to […]