Countryside Montessori Blog

Elizabeth Shank

What are our graduates doing now? Elizabeth Shank is currently attending the University of Wisconsin Madison and is majoring in Biology. She recently made the transfer to Madison after attending Indiana University, where she was a part of the American Medical Women Association, which was a pre-med health group. She is currently volunteering her time [...]

What Does a Child Really Need to Get Through Life?

Despite our fixation on academics there are really two categories of skills that will make or break a life: character traits and life skills. And although these are often conflated, they are two distinct areas of development.   Character Traits:   Gratitude Humility Accountability Integrity Resourcefulness Adaptability Collaborative Persistent/Determined   These are some examples of character traits. And the truth [...]

Office Max Takes a Stand on Parenting

Watch the commercial and see for yourself.   https://www.ispot.tv/ad/wOk3/office-depot-officemax-mom-song-by-bachman-turner-overdrive   Who is doing all the work for what are clearly grown able young people who could shop for themselves?   You got it…Mom. She even carries the bags.   While tempting to shrug this off as no big deal, this commercial is unintentionally defining “good parenting” - a mom running [...]

What is Education?

  Or maybe the more important question is what should education be?   Historically, the sole purpose of education was to transfer academic content as efficiently as possible, without much regard for the aspects of the student's social, emotional and character development.   But I think most of us would agree from our school experiences, that fractions and physics were [...]

Millennials: Fact or Fiction

Much has been said about Millennials, their upbringing, and their attitudes and approaches to work and life. Is it the typical, "When I was young..." generational gap? Or is there something more to it? Simon Sinek, author and national presenter, shares his thoughts about the topic.     Is there truth to it? How might it be affecting today's parents? [...]