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Homeschooling in the Desert with Intention and Hope and Special Needs

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A Model for Collaborative Montessori Communities- Elizabeth Academy


In the Media | Elizabeth Academy.

I hope you will enjoy watching the possibilities that are here in this program and applaud Elizabeth’s Mom, for taking it on and creating something beautiful that we can learn from.

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Elizabeth Academy Montessori private school in Salt Lake City Utah


Elizabeth Academy Montessori private school in Salt Lake City Utah.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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Best Evidence Encyclopedia — Empowering Educators with Evidence on Proven Programs


This website has information on latest research based programs. These are specifically geared toward typical developing children in school programs, but there is a a section on struggling readers that may provide some assistance in choosing programs for tutoring or looking at the programs being used in your school.  Best Evidence Encyclopedia — Empowering Educators with Evidence on Proven Programs. You may be interested in the studies done at John Hopkins University by Dr. Mariale Hardiman.

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Welcome to montessori4autism – releasing the inner childHome – montessori education for autism


When so many children with special needs are being diagnosed and so many for whom the current school system does not meet their emotional and social needs nor has it been able to consistently meet the majority of these children’s academic needs. And there is currently a growing number of children being kept in “behavior” programs at younger and younger ages without any real measure of success or any laws protecting their safety from physical restraints.  This seems like a practice that we would not imagine to occur in the United States, but indeed it is and a rapidly growing practice at that.  Montessori knew more than a 100 years ago that this was not the way, and her philosophy is as important today, if not more so, due to the current failures in education to do more good than harm.  We have plenty of science and now to back this Philosophy so what stands in the way?   This is a conversation worth having and for the sake of our children with Special Needs we need to have the conversation now.  Welcome to montessori4autism – releasing the inner childHome – montessori education for autism. I have to wonder what would the outcome for some of the children kept in “schools” for managing behavior would be if they were educated in an environment  that sees respect for the development of child’s spirit as a most important factor in education. In my opinion nothing matters if that is lost, for then all is lost. No academic, or social gains will benefit a person, especially a vulnerable person, whose spirit was sacrificed in the process.  They must go hand in hand.  Consider this story and ask yourself if this is how you define a successful outcome. It seems unthinkable if we don’t do something to change it. In our house, I homeschool, practice the Nurtured Heart approach keep the Montessori Philosophy at my back, and seek to educate with joy, and love building a man with both spirit and intellect that will know the importance of his place here on earth. 

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21 Exceptionally Valuable Asperger’s Sites

This was included in one of our group emails and thought I would pass it on to anyone else.  It looks like there is much to be gained from the insights shared in these beautiful blogs.  I hope one day this blog will be note worthy and helpful to as many as these are. Enjoy the hunt and the moments spent with your children especially when you remembered to laugh! 21 Exceptionally Valuable Asperger’s Sites. The photo here is from, a blog written from this perspective as well. I am reminded by observation, that I forget to laugh at antics that I would normally think were funny if they were they were performed by my typical son.  I get frustrated by the filters through which I am constantly looking and how those particular filters can, if I’m not conscious color my world in ways I would not otherwise intend.  Mindfulness practice, I think would serve me well to stay in a place where I can see things for what they are in the moment and not judge them by how they will be perceived by others ALL the time.  This thinking lives in my fears about the future, stories of mis-judgements that lurk in my thoughts.  I can’t make them go away but I can put them in their place with mindfulness and a perspective check.  I am grateful to those around me that have given me that insight without really even knowing how valuable.  The young man at Hubbard Swim school who recognizes that unencumbered play is just as important as learning swim strokes!  I have learned so much about my son just by watching him with this teen.  Noticing that my worries don’t exist for others who enjoy my son’s energy and enthusiasm and good will.  I often wish to be them, for a moment, and seek to find that mindful space where I too, can enjoy his beautiful nature without the fears of the future or concerns that win my attention. One thing to be sure of is we are always learning.