Maren Schmidt

Maren Schmidt

Kids Talk TM is a column dealing with childhood development issues written by Maren Stark Schmidt. Ms. Schmidt founded a Montessori school and holds a Masters of Education from Loyola College in Maryland. She has over thirty years experience working with children and holds teaching credentials from the Association Montessori Internationale. Contact her at maren@marenschmidt.com. Visit MarenSchmidt.com. Copyright 2017.

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    A child’s brain grows in response to environment

    Brain researchers believe that a newborn’s brain creates neurons at a rate of over a quarter a million per minute.  The young brain grows and absorbs information without evaluating, filtering or giving priority to the information.  The brain receives each event with the same import as every other experience. The young brain hasn’t learned how […]

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    Brains Love Opportunities for Meaningful Learning

    During the first six years of life our brains are developing at a tremendous rate, creating a foundation for life-long learning and accomplishment. Research shows that under sixes with an enriched learning environment are more likely to complete college, to have successful marriages, and to have less problems with the legal system than their peers […]

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    The High Cost of Low Trust

    “My parents don’t trust me anymore,” said thirteen-year-old Steve. “Oh,” I said, but thinking RED ALERT.  This wasn’t going to be a regular sit-at-the-table-and-eat-pizza party conversation. My memory neurons buzzed trying to find the listening/questioning tool I had recently learned called evidence and impact questioning. The gist of this two-step listening technique is to gather […]

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