Babies Read Statistics?

Patricia Kuhl’s talk on the linguistic genius of babies really states a case for continuing the dual language at home if you have that option. Babies read the “statistics” of language spoken to them and that sets the stage for their receptive and expressive language capabilities. Doesn’t work with TV or listening to a recording – only with face to face exposure!

Do You Feel You Are Enough?

I love TED.com. I have heard so many interesting talks on TED. This morning, I listened to Brene Brown talk about her study of human connections and our ability to empathize, belong, and love. And that in order to be connected we have to show our true selves, practice gratitude and joy and embrace our vulnerability.

Our strive for perfection is heaped on our children. When in fact, children are hard-wired for struggle when they arrive. To paraphrase Brene, our job is not to keep children perfect so they make the tennis team in 5th grade and Yale by 7th grade. That is not our job. Our job is to know our children are imperfect and are hard-wired for struggle, and WORTHY OF LOVE AND BELONGING. And we need to love with our whole hearts even though there are no guarantees. That is the hard part for parents. I know that is true!

Divergent Thinkers

You must watch this interesting video by Sir Ken Robinson. It has fascinating graphics unfolding while Sir Ken is talking about the need for education reform today more than ever before. Stick with it until he gets to the point about divergent thinking or the essential capacity for creativity and developing original ideas that have value.

At age 5 most people explode with creativity. They believe there are more than one solution to a problem or question. By age 13 this is dramatically reduced!! What is the reason? We need to encourage more creativity in our classrooms throughout a student’s education!

This Awesome Day

Last weekend I attended a conference for leaders of Montessori schools. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ned Hallowell and the topic was “Crazy Busy”. The conversation really resonated with me because we all operate with an incredible fast pace, daily. If you are doing what you really enjoy or what matters to you, then life is great. If you do not have time to think, then when do you reconstitute yourself? We all become humorless or operate with partial attention when we don’t take care of ourselves. We need a plan to protect what matters most. Like taking time to connect with our children. One of my greatest happy times now is being with my adult children. A few hours with them makes me smile for days!

This morning I watched a TED talk featuring Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things. Neil talks about connecting to our inner 3 year old selves! At Twin Parks I am surrounded by 3 year olds and I can tell you that the positive energy that radiates from them as they discover life’s wonders for the first time is AWESOME!

Privacy: Has It Vanished Like Last Year?

Last week I was watching a news segment about websites that give access to our personal information for all the world to see just by entering our names and hitting the search button! Really personal information like income, price of home, family members, your age. . . I was always taught that it is impolite to ask a person’s age, wage, and religious affiliation. Those days are long gone!

A fellow Montessorian send me a link today that may help us maintain a little privacy, at least from one site. Follow these instructions to remove your information:

There’s a site called spokeo that’s a new online USA phone book w/personal information: everything from pictures you’ve posted on FB or web, your approx credit score, home value, income, age, family member’s names. Remove yourself by searching your name, find your page, copy the URL then go to the bottom right of the page & click on the Privacy link to remove yourself. Copy & re-post so your friends are aware.

Without knowledge of these sites, how are we to know where our personal information resides?