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Insights on the Montessori method and Early Childhood Education from Dr. Kathy Roemer

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Grit: Ongoing Converations at Twin Parks Montessori School

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Twin Parks Montessori School’s Education Team, including all teachers are talking about the predictors for long term success in schools for children today. Our previous conversations included working memory. Now our thoughts and conversations are focused on “grit”. Grit is the ability to work hard for the long haul. It is learning to wait, following through, trying hard. Living life like a marathon rather than a short run. Watch this talk by Angela Lee Duckworth about the key to success: Grit!

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How can we develop future leaders?

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Do you consider yourself a leader?  If so, how did you become one? What did you experience in your childhood that helped you become a leader?

While reading an article by Kathy Caprino in Forbes online, titled, 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders, I discovered some ways that I hindered my own children while they were young. It is still hard for me as a parent to be aware of my adult children’s disappointments or struggles without wanting  to “fix” or help with their challenges.

Quoting Caprino, here are some things we should do to promote leadership in our children:

1. Talk over the issues you wish you would’ve known about adulthood.
2. Allow them to attempt things that stretch them and even let them fail.
3. Discuss future consequences if they fail to master certain disciplines.
4. Aid them in matching their strengths to real-world problems.
5. Furnish projects that require patience, so they learn to delay gratification.
6. Teach them that life is about choices and trade-offs; they can’t do everything.
7. Initiate (or simulate) adult tasks like paying bills or making business deals.
8. Introduce them to potential mentors from your network.
9. Help them envision a fulfilling future, and then discuss the steps to get there.
10. Celebrate progress they make toward autonomy and responsibility.

Take a look at this video Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun

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