Lighthouse Montessori School

Dawn-to-dusk preschool and kindergarten

We strive to follow traditional globally proven guidelines with an open mind creating a unique community in partnership with our families.

Janet Lansbury - Elevating Child Care

One of the most ironically counterintuitive twists of parenting is this: the more we welcome our children’s displeasure, the happier everyone in our household will be.

There is no greater gift to our children and ourselves than complete acceptance of their negative feelings. (Notice I did not say “behaviors”.) By deleting from our parenting job description the responsibilities to ‘soothe’, ‘correct’ and ‘control’ our kids’ feelings and replacing them with ‘accept’, ‘acknowledge’ and ‘support’, both parent and child are rewarded and liberated...

30 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids

These little moments go so far with kids! Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile.

The S Word - Toddlers Learning To Share It's chanted on every playground and enforced at the park, parties and play dates. It's a word that has become the social mantra for parents of toddlers

All Children Get Angry: Here's How To Handle It When children rage, they are, in fact, communicating.

Janet Lansbury - Elevating Child Care

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time trusting parenting advice that isn't 100% real about how challenging young children can be sometimes. This is not that kind of advice.

I’m the kind of person who absorbs and is affected by everyone’s feelings. But I also know that staying calm and centered in the face of even the darkest of my children’s emotions is imperative to their well-being. My boat is easily rocked, and when that happens I can lose perspective, and rather than giving my kids the solid support for their feelings or the behavior limits they need during a tantrum, I can end up losing patience, melting, second-guessing myself, getting mad or frustrated, yelling, doing things that not only don’t work, but also create problems that make matters worse.

When we lose our cool most of what we say or do is completely lost on our children. All they learn when we’re flailing is that they have the power to hurt us or ignite our rage, which unsettles them, creates an unsafe atmosphere, and usually causes them to repeat their difficult behaviors until or unless we find some control.

But we’re human. We’re never going to like it when our kids are upset, and we’re going to lose our cool sometimes — more than sometimes during the toddler years. How can we control our feelings and responses? Here's what has worked for me...

11 Handy Ways To Do Hygge As A Family

This is just about the sweetest thing I've seen in a while. Are you interested in making your home more hygge as a family? Here are 11 easy and smart ways to bring hygge to your house with your children.

I'm at the AMS annual conference, Montessori Beyond Boarders, in lovely San Diego! I'm delighted be learning so much, and meeting so many Montessorians. If you're here too come say hi!

Turning some ideas on their head | Adele Diamond | TEDxWestVancouverED

Karissa and I heard Adele Diamond speak last weekend at a local Montessori conference and were so impressed with her research on executive function! She was recently listed as one of the 15 most influential neuroscientists today. You can hear much of her work in this Ted Talk.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The power of Executive Function and its impact on student learning....

The Dangers of Using a Sticker Chart to Teach Kids Good Behavior

"The problem with sticker charts and similar reward systems is not that they don’t work. Rather, they can work too well, creating significant negative and unintended long-term consequences for both the kids and their families." If you want ideas for what to do instead (you knew this was coming!) check out Positive Discipline. Priming children to expect rewards for doing what they're told can harm their social skills in the long term.

[02/19/17]   So happy to be reconnecting with Montessori friends and colleagues from near and far at the annual AMI refresher course! Come say hi if you're here this year!





7005 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA

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