Baan Dek Montessori

Baan Dek Montessori
Podcasts from Baan Dek Montessori, in Sioux Falls…

96 - Summer With Children
May 16 • 8 min
Summer is coming! Some of us are thrilled, some are anxious, some are, well, a bit of both. How can we make the most of these next three months?
95 - Interview With Zoe Paul
May 2 • 33 min
Zoe Paul of Sage Montessori and Studio Montessori shares her story in this interview.
94 - Celebrating Earth Day with Children
Apr 18 • 5 min
Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22nd. What’s a Montessori way to participate in a joyful, learning-filled, relationship-building way?
93 - Dressing For Success
Apr 4 • 8 min
Clothing is necessary, but also a moment for independence and for self-expression. How can we help our children be successful with dressing, and create a bit more ease in our day?
92 - Montessori And Minimalism
Mar 21 • 43 min
Montessori and Minimalism so naturally go together. Minimalism is becoming increasingly popular, with “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo from a few years ago and her new Netflix show. Many of us want to have less and enjoy more. How do…
91 - Trusting The Inner Voice
Mar 7 • 7 min
We live in a time when information is readily available. We can find the answer to any question, just as soon as we ask. But with all the noise of opinions, we still have to listen to the most important voice: our own.
90 - Kindergarten
Feb 21 • 35 min
We had a lovely conversation with parents who chose to keep their children in Montessori for Kindergarten, about what that decision-making process was like, some observations they’ve made since having their child in a Montessori setting, and if they had…
89 - Education For Life
Feb 7 • 3 min
It’s the time of year when we’re wondering what to do about the upcoming year, an especially challenging question for parents whose children will be eligible for Kindergarten. How do you make that choice?
88 - “Do As I Say Not As I Do” Never Works
Jan 24 • 10 min
“Do as I say, not as I do” Never Works. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do.” The challenge is, while our intentions are good, this idea isn’t helpful for children.
87 - Interview With Jesse McCarthy
Jan 3 • 31 min
Here’s an interview with Jesse McCarthy from the blog
86 - Songs At Baan Dek 2
Dec 20, 2018 • 7 min
Are you looking for a few new songs? This episode includes ideas for how we choose songs to sing with children, as well as five songs you might or might not be familiar with. Happy Listening!
85 - Interview With Pamela Green
Dec 6, 2018 • 24 min
Pamela Green of Ananda Montessori shares her story, experience, and an exciting upcoming project.
84 - Travel With Children
Nov 19, 2018 • 5 min
This time of year can be full of travel. Here are a few of our favorite tips for enjoying, rather than stressing, travel with children.
83 - Celebrating Holidays With Children
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
Over the next several months, there are so many holidays and special occasions. How do we help children through these joyful, and sometimes stressful events? Due to your feedback, this episode includes tips for all ages, not just those under six! Thanks…
82 - Interview With Simone Davies
Oct 25, 2018 • 26 min
The Toddler Whisperer herself, Simone Davies of The Montessori Notebook and The Montessori Toddler, joins us in this episode about toddlers and specifically about tantrums and challenging behaviors.
81 - Should Be to Could Be
Oct 11, 2018 • 8 min
This is the sequel to Episode 80 - Should in Montessori. How do we turn from “should be” to “could be?”
80 - Should In Montessori
Sep 27, 2018 • 5 min
Even with training and patience and observation, our own judgement is a voice that is hard to quiet. It’s instinct, and can be a helpful tool, but it means we also sometimes jump to conclusions, rather than leaving space for Following the Child.
79 - When Worksheets Are Montessori
Sep 13, 2018 • 8 min
It’s easy to get stuck and thing some things definitively ARE Montessori, while other things patently are NOT. The truth, as with so many things, lies somewhere in the middle.
78 - Montessori Summer — Give Yourself Permission
Aug 30, 2018 • 13 min
We’re wrapping up this Montessori Summer series this week. It’s been fantastic to hear stories of how Montessori has been implemented at home! Thanks for keeping us company.
77 - Montessori Summer — Practice Giving Choices
Aug 16, 2018 • 18 min
Offering choice is so hard, but so important for developing confidence in yourself, logic, and decision-making skills. What kinds of choices do we offer? How do we phrase those choices?
76 - Montessori Summer — Actually Follow The Child
Aug 2, 2018 • 9 min
While our first few episodes of the Montessori Summer Series were about routines and systems inside the home, this episode has a few activities and ideas for going outside, one of the best things about Summer!
75 - Montessori Summer — One Difficult Area
Jul 19, 2018 • 14 min
In Episodes 73 & 74, we discussed Space and Time in our Montessori Summer series. In this episode, we bring them together, to address one difficult area of family life. We’ll go over four areas where small changes can have a big impact, but this is just…
74 - Montessori Summer — Time
Jul 5, 2018 • 8 min
What’s the best way to use our time? Are we over-scheduled, or might things be a bit simpler if a schedule were implemented?
72 - Montessori Isn’t Just School
Jun 19, 2018 • 5 min
This week, we’re kicking off summer. Learning and Montessori live outside of the school building. Let’s look at ways we can Montessori at home, outside, whether or not school is in session.
73 - Montessori Summer — Space
Jun 19, 2018 • 12 min
This week, we’re starting our series about Montessori outside of school. We’re focusing on spaces, or “Prepared Environments.”
71 - No Bad Days
May 23, 2018 • 10 min
“How was your day??” It’s such a common question, but our answer depends on so many factors, some emotional, and some factual.
70 - Getting Ready For School
May 11, 2018 • 5 min
It’s the time of year for making plans about what’s coming next. We’re often asked, what can we do to get ready for school? Here are our top three tips.
69 - Choices
Apr 26, 2018 • 12 min
Why and how do we give choices? Which choices should we give? How should we present the choice, to set a child up for success? Is everything a choice?
68 - What To Wear
Apr 12, 2018 • 14 min
Can how we think about clothing and about getting dressed make mornings a bit easier?
67 - Fostering Helpfulness
Mar 27, 2018 • 13 min
We received the best question on Facebook. Here are our thoughts on how to support children into altruism!
66 - Montessori Chores
Mar 15, 2018 • 9 min
Children love to help, love working hard, love feeling the strong sense of belonging. We think of them as tasks that “have” to be done, children gain a sense of responsibility, attention to detail, and satisfaction.
65 - Montessori Dictionary - Three Levels Of Obedience
Feb 28, 2018 • 9 min
An impulsive two-year-old flushing a whole roll of toilet paper, a four-year-old telling her sister not to cut her pants into shorts and then joining in, a six-year-old cleaning her room before bed without reminder. What do they have in common?
64 - Defining Success in Montessori
Feb 15, 2018 • 11 min
Just because we don’t use tests doesn’t mean we’re not looking for children to be successful. In fact, just the opposite is true! So, if it’s not an “A,” how do we define success?
63 - Math Always
Jan 31, 2018 • 6 min
Math isn’t just flashcards and worksheets. We use math all the time!
62- Tidy Like At School
Jan 17, 2018 • 15 min
A child might always hang up their coat at school, but never at home, or always tidy their work, but leave small doll shoes for parents to step on at home. What’s going on here?
61- Discipline
Jan 3, 2018 • 9 min
What is this word, “discipline?” What do we mean? Why do we say it with such delight? Is it the same as punishment? Is it demanded, supported, imposed?
60- Art Work in Montessori
Dec 20, 2017 • 14 min
What’s the purpose of Art in a Montessori classroom? How can we support creativity? How can we support the Process of Art, not just the Product?
59- Words of Encouragement
Dec 6, 2017 • 12 min
Why do we say things like, “you did it!” and “congratulations!” but we try to avoid “good job?” Are Montessorians cold and unfeeling, or is there space for affirmation?
58- Gifts
Nov 22, 2017 • 23 min
We love to give children gifts. For a birthday or a holiday, or because it’s Tuesday or I was thinking of you. Looking for a great gift? Here are five of our favorites.
57- Principled Parenting
Nov 4, 2017 • 17 min
Stick to your guns of let it go? A pause and reflection on what’s really important can help diffuse an argument, or provide another way to approach a situation.
56- Comparisons
Nov 1, 2017 • 14 min
Sometimes comparisons are helpful, sometimes, not so much. They can be a tool, or they can create challenges, or even internal conflict, when it might be unnecessary.
55- Communication With Children
Oct 12, 2017 • 27 min
Communication is the give and take of everyday life. There can be challenges, and in this podcast, we provide some tips and suggestions from the classroom.
54- A Montessori Life
Sep 28, 2017 • 22 min
We recently held a Parent Education Workshop and a Webinar on A Montessori Life, uncovering a few areas of the classroom dynamics which sometimes translate well into family life. In this podcast, we chat with Jamie Bauer, Montessori Parent and Educator,…
53- Motivation 2
Sep 13, 2017 • 16 min
No one will tell you what to do in a Montessori classroom. Opportunities will be provided, but it’s up to you to choose how you’re going to spend your time, what you’ll do when faced with a challenge. It is empowering, and gives children motivation.
52- Motivation 1
Aug 30, 2017 • 14 min
Work is motivating. When we only progress when a child has mastered something, we’re instilling intrinsic motivation. The first in a two-part series on Motivation.
51- The Best Year Yet
Aug 16, 2017 • 21 min
A few hints for starting the school year off strong.
50- Learning Reality
Aug 2, 2017 • 14 min
It’s so easy to forget, EVERYTHING is learned. We learn from an early age that we have an impact on our environment — the people and the things around us. Sometimes, when we say something, it’s true. Sometimes, it isn’t but is that the same as a lie? Or…
49- Why Do We Help?
Jul 19, 2017 • 8 min
To help is one of our most important roles as adults in children’s lives. It’s one of the ways we live in relationship, and one of the reasons we need community. What are some of the ways we help, and what might be motivating factors behind this help?
48- Seeking Information
Jul 5, 2017 • 14 min
Children want to know everything. There’s such a drive to learn and to discover. Questions are second nature. How do we need more information, in order to best help a child? What are they REALLY asking?
47- Getting Ready For Math
Jun 21, 2017 • 10 min
Math is typically one of the last areas of the Primary Classroom a child works in. There are so many things a child is working on developing, skills required for success in math. Why do we wait? Why don’t we jump in on the first day?
46- The Purpose Of Practical Life
Jun 7, 2017 • 12 min
Practical Life is foundational for children under six, in both the Toddler and Primary Environments. Why do we show children sweeping, scrubbing, polishing? What is the point of all these materials?
45- Maximum Effort
May 25, 2017 • 11 min
Maximum Effort is a Montessori term for a quality Maria Montessori observed in very young children. Devoting all of their energy to mastering something, in order to fulfill their development.
44- Follow The Child
May 10, 2017 • 12 min
“Follow the Child” is a Montessori phrase that is used a lot, but what does it mean? What DOESN’T it mean? How do we know we’re Following the Child?
43- Freedom And Discipline
Apr 26, 2017 • 17 min
Freedom and Discipline are big words in Montessori. Hugely important concepts, and so clear in practice, but difficult to understand, and to support equally. This podcast goes deeper into explaining how these two sides of the same coin manifest in the…
42- Vocation or Job
Apr 12, 2017 • 17 min
This work, the Montessori lifestyle, is all-encompassing. It isn’t clock-in-clock-out, it’s not even a job or a career. It’s a vocation, a lifestyle, a path of self-reflection and self-improvement. In this podacast, we chat with Lara Jacobs, Montessori…
41- The Social Side
Apr 3, 2017 • 20 min
It seems natural how the classroom supports academic development. But we are social creatures, how is the interpersonal development met in the Montessori classroom? Independence is fostered, children primarily work at one-person tables, isn’t this lonely?…
40- Baby-Led Weaning
Mar 15, 2017 • 13 min
Learning happens outside of a classroom, and even before a child is ready to attend school! Learning to walk, to talk, and to feed yourself are huge achievements. Learn more about one way to support independence with eating in this podcast interview with…
39- Observation, Part II
Mar 2, 2017 • 7 min
Observation is important for adults in determining if and how to help a child, but it is absolutely critical for children in meeting their own developmental needs. It is one of the most crucial skills a child develops, and they do this even without any…
38- Observation, Part I
Feb 22, 2017 • 9 min
Observations is Key. How do we know what children need? How do we know what children are ready for? How do we know when to stand back and let learning unfold? This muscle is necessary, flexed and grown every day.
37- Activities At Home
Feb 8, 2017 • 14 min
We’re often asked, what can I do at home to support the work my child is doing in the classroom. The answer is surprising — you’re probably already doing it! Spending time together, having conversations, shared experience, all are beneficial for a child,…
Arakawa and Gins with Bobby and June George
Jan 29, 2017 • 52 min
Maria Montessori proposes, in The Secret of Childhood, that the ‘creative urge of life’ is, essentially, love. She has a peculiar phrase for this particular articulation: she names it an “intelligence of love”. Later, in The Absorbent Mind, Montessori…
36- Following Through
Jan 26, 2017 • 18 min
Following Through might be a term we’ve borrowed from sports, but it’s vital to supporting children in their development. It could be viewed as how we help children learn all the non-academics in the classroom. Young children are following their…
35- Kindergarten
Jan 12, 2017 • 11 min
The Primary Montessori classroom is typically a three-, sometimes four-year program. When a child is ready for Kindergarten, often the question comes up— should we stay in Montessori, or move to a different school, be it the neighborhood public school, a…
34- Sleep
Dec 22, 2016 • 11 min
Sleep is tricky. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if every young child fell right asleep, slept through the night, didn’t need multiple tucking-ins, drinks of water, one-more story/hug/look under the bed? Some families experience ease with sleep from earliest…
33- Reading With Children
Dec 14, 2016 • 11 min
Reading is more than a skill. It’s an important milestone, but reading together is just as important as being able to read to yourself. Reading together can pave the way for a life of joy in reading.
32- Winter Clothing
Dec 1, 2016 • 13 min
Winter is here! Boots and mittens and coats and hats… there’s so much to put on before we can go outside. But, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only wrong clothing. This podcast offers a few suggestions for getting through Winter…
31- Birthdays
Nov 16, 2016 • 10 min
My whole world changed the day you were born. How do we honor a child on her birthday?
30- Individualized Education
Nov 2, 2016 • 10 min
One of the hallmarks of a Montessori classroom is Individualized Education. What is it? Why would we do this? How do we implement it? Listen here and find out!
29- Teacher to Parent
Oct 19, 2016 • 7 min
Mrs. Jamie Bauer has been been on maternity leave, and chats with us about reflections since becoming a parent. Being a Montessori teacher is different from parenting, and there are amazing and important qualities to each role.
28- Holidays with Children
Sep 27, 2016 • 7 min
There are holidays throughout the year. Some require looking up beloved recipes on yellowed cards and hanging of decorations and long car rides. Some you only know about because social media or the Google Doodle informs you. Holidays are a wonderful…
27- Change
Sep 21, 2016 • 14 min
Change is an inevitable part of life. Things change — big things, like moving, and small things — like who is picking you up from school. How can we help children be comfortable with change? Why isn’t this easy yet?
26- When Help Isn’t Helpful
Sep 16, 2016 • 13 min
We all want to help — our children, our friends, strangers in need. Help is an expression of empathy, and binds us in community. When isn’t help helpful? Why do adults help children, even when they don’t need it? What other ways can we assist a child,…
25- We Prepare The Environment
Jun 3, 2016 • 8 min
In the final episode in our series about Guiding Principles at Baan Dek, Charlotte Wood discusses principle #5, We Prepare the Environment. The Prepared Environment is a phrase used to describe the Montessori classroom, a space curated especially for…
24- We Create A Culture Of Empowerment
May 19, 2016 • 9 min
Charlotte Wood discusses the fourth Baan Dek Guiding Principle, We Create a Culture of Empowerment. We build each other up. We will the good in one another. We expect greatness, and we help manifest our best selves.
23- We Communicate Effectively
May 4, 2016 • 7 min
In the third of this series of five podcasts, Charlotte Wood discusses the Guiding Principle of “We Communicate Effectively.”
22- We Can Always Improve
Apr 18, 2016 • 6 min
We have five guiding principles at Baan Dek. In the last episode, we discussed the first principle, “We’re always learning.” In this episode, we discuss the second principle, “We can always improve.”
21- We’re All Learning
Apr 8, 2016 • 5 min
We came up with five guiding principles at Baan Dek. This first podcast in the series explores the concept of “We’re all learning.” As a school, we expect the children to always be learning, but we also have adopted that concept as fundamental for…
20: Growing Together
Mar 30, 2016 • 12 min
At Baan Dek, we’re always trying to improve as an organization. We believe in growth so whole-heartedly, it’s a fundamental part of our culture. Charlotte Wood discusses some of the ways we seek personal and professional growth, in the classroom and as a…
19: Tips For Self - Toileting
Mar 17, 2016 • 13 min
Independence with Toileting is such an important milestone in a child’s life. Each child is unique, and will come to self-toileting on their own path, much as they do with speaking or with walking. Charlotte Wood and Jamie Bauer discuss some helpful tips,…
Podcast 18: Literacy With Young Children
Mar 3, 2016 • 9 min
Jamie Bauer and Charlotte Wood talk about how we can help young children prepare for a life rich with literacy.
17: How To Help Your Young Child Prepare For School
Feb 18, 2016 • 11 min
Jamie Bauer and Charlotte Wood chat about some of the ways you can help your young child prepare for school.
16: Transitioning Students
Jan 11, 2016 • 11 min
Ms. Jones and Ms. Wood chat about students moving into the Montessori Primary classroom.
15: From A Montessori Parent
Dec 17, 2015 • 10 min
Ingrid Geiger and Charlotte Wood chat about some of Ingrid’s experiences as a Montessori Parent
Songs From Baan Dek
Dec 15, 2015 • 7 min
A few of our staff at Baan Dek sing a selection of favorite songs.
14: Montessori Accreditation
Nov 17, 2015 • 11 min
Mrs. Bauer and Ms. Wood discuss the accreditation process for the Montessori Toddler Program
13: Developing Tenacity
Nov 3, 2015 • 12 min
Ms. Wood and Mrs. Bauer discuss the importance of tenacity in learning and as a life skill.
12: Music with Young Children
Sep 15, 2015 • 8 min
Ms. Wood and Mrs. Bauer discuss music in the young toddler community at Baan Dek Montessori.
11: When Learning Starts
Sep 15, 2015 • 10 min
Ms. Wood and Mrs. Bauer discuss when learning starts. Traditionally conceived, there’s a cultural assumption that learning only happens when children turn six, and enter into Kindergarten or even first grade.
10: How to Become a Montessori Teacher
Jul 23, 2015 • 12 min
Bobby George and Charlotte Wood of The Baan Dek Montessori, discuss how to become a Montessori teacher.
9: Helen Keller and Montessori
May 1, 2015 • 18 min
Bobby George and Charlotte Wood enter into a discussion of Helen Keller and Montessori.
8: Montessori Work
Apr 13, 2015 • 20 min
Bobby George and Charlotte Wood discuss the value, ethics, and characteristics of work in the Montessori classroom.
7: Montessori Home Environment
Mar 3, 2015 • 16 min
Bobby George and Jamie Bauer sit down to discuss how to create a Montessori home environment.
6: A New World And Education
Feb 18, 2015 • 17 min
Bobby George and Charlotte Wood, both of The Baan Dek Montessori, discuss Montessori’s lecture, “A New World and Education”, first delivered in 1947.
5: The Empathetic Classroom
Feb 4, 2015 • 15 min
In this podcast, we discuss the role community plays in the Montessori classroom. By community we mean so many things.
4: Fostering Learning
Jan 21, 2015 • 25 min
While Montessori and Froebel share a number of common traits, in particular, their emphasis on the individual needs of each and every child, they radically differ on a wide range of issues. In this podcast, the fourth in our ongoing series, we sit down…
3: The Formation of Language
Jan 21, 2015 • 17 min
Bobby George and Charlotte Wood record a podcast to discuss their own reflections on the development of language with young children, especially within the context of the Montessori environment.
2: Conversation on Toddlers
Jan 21, 2015 • 11 min
Bobby George and Jamie Bauer sit down to have a conversation about the toddler environment. They talk, more specifically, about what the toddler classroom looks like, how it works, and why it is so special. They also touch upon how to prepare children to…
1: Conversation on Montessori
Jan 21, 2015 • 20 min
Bobby George and Charlotte Wood, from The Baan Dek Montessori, sat down to chat about the role Montessori plays in education. The starting point was a quote from Jean-Marie Guyau: “Through seeing others smile, the child smiles.” As with all things…