Education: Why This Black Mother Chose Montessori vs. Traditional Education

Why did I choose Montessori?

In the late 1990’s, I was a young woman trying to juggle motherhood and graduate school.

I had a good handle on school but I found myself struggling with the important task of finding a nurturing educational setting that would provide a challenging and inclusive curriculum for my four-year-old son.

As a black mother, I knew that decisions surrounding my son’s education would be some of the most important ones that I would make in my life.

No pressure, right?

At any rate, in the city where I lived, the educational infrastructure left much to be desired. Therefore, I was worried about finding the right place for my son.

But, after engaging in a great deal of research, and with the addition of a chance meeting, I discovered Montessori–the perfect learning environment for a child like mine.

Now, I’m not here to argue that Montessori is better than traditional education. It would be a fool’s game to engage in such an exercise; especially when you consider the fact that school performance differs from area to area.

That said, in the U.S., there are plenty of excellent traditional schools–if you happen to be zoned for them.

No shade, but we all know that your educational “mileage may vary” depending on WHO you are, WHERE you live and how much MONEY you have.

I digress.

Anyway, my goal here is to simply express that Montessori was the best choice for us.

Here’s a quick video about our journey.

Resources:

American Montessori Society

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

UNCF Statistics on Disparities in Education

**Montessori schools often offer financial assistance to parents who are interested but feel they can’t afford it. Most private schools do.

If you have additional questions you can reach out to me at ladygflow1@gmail.com.

Love Notes From Lady G: Dream on Dreamer…

Dream on dreamer life gets in your way
If the life you live is a spinning top of pain then you can
Dream on dreamer life gets in your way
If ya live to learn you’ll be lucky one day

Dream on Dreamer. Performed by the Brand New Heavies
Songwriters: Dallas Austin / N’Dea R Davenport
Dream On Dreamer lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

***Messages are meant to act as food for thought!

For entertainment purposes only 🙂

Melodic Memories

I was just inspired to repost this as a result of a conversation with my cousin Ron. Maybe it’s just a yearning for my childhood days–when life was carefree. I hope you enjoy!

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I remember telling my cousin Ron about several memories that I had which seemed to lack any clear context–yet they continued to float around in my mind.

He chuckled and said, “I have those too, I call them ‘cryptic memories’.”

And so…

This post contains several ‘cryptic memories’ that may or may not have happened on the same day–though I presented them as if they did.

And, since I’m a music lover, each memory (event) is closely tied to a song from my early childhood years.

I hope you enjoy this quick exercise in dreamy quasi-stream of consciousness.

 🙂 🙂 🙂

Bus driver, please look for me

‘Cause I couldn’t bear to see what I might see

I’m really still in prison and my love, she holds the key

A simple yellow ribbon’s what I need to set me free

I wrote and told her please…

Tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree…”

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A Family Conversation: My Brother’s Keeper

NOT Ron’s brother and NOT Ron! Just some random little cute boys 🙂

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog. Warning: There is adult language used…mostly by LadyG 😊

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Black Brotha, I love ya,
I will never – try to hurt ya
I want ya, to know that,
I’m here for you, forever true

Songwriters: Raphael Saadiq / Robert Ozuna / Harold Lilly Jr / Glenn Standridge / Angela L Stone
Brotha lyrics © Universal Music – Careers, Emi Blackwood Music Inc., Ugmoe Music, Uncle Bobby Music, Soul Insurance Songs

Today, the cousins discuss Ron’s post, Am I My Brother’s Keeper?


Pt 1
My brother’s keeper
Ben and Fred: Childhood foes Adulthood friends
Little cousin crushes/Big cousin protectors
Proverbs and double teaming ‘em
Us and them
Leaving on that slingshot tree to Georgia pt 1

Pt 2
Leaving on that slingshot tree to Georgia pt 2
Mr Wynn, The Roller and The Ripper
My brother is the smart one
Sawdust, planks and sweeping ‘round your own front door
You got the ISH twisted on my gay friends

Find a fool, leave a fool?
Are you boxed in?

Pt 3
Anti-Everything is Anti-Christian
One John and Two Corinthians
Loving God but not your brother
You just might be a murderer
Family Factions
Closer than Twins 

Scriptural References from the audio

  • Proverbs 17:17
  • Matthew 7:35
  • 1 John 4:20
  • 1 John 3:15

Love Notes From Lady G: Everybody’s Talkin’

I’m going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes

Banking off of the northeast winds
Sailing on a summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone

Everybody’s talking at me
Can’t hear a word they’re saying
Only the echoes of my mind

Songwriters: Fred Neil. Performed by Harry Nilsson
Everybody’s Talkin’ lyrics © BMG Rights Management

NOTE: These messages are meant for adults with full agency and sovereignty honey! For entertainment purposes only 🙂

Greens From Daddy’s Patio: Probably NOT Spinach (Week 17-ish)

This is probably NOT Spinach!

LadyG here with a quick update on what’s been happening with the greens on Daddy’s Patio!

Daddy says that the plants that I have been calling spinach are probably NOT spinach; at least not the kind of spinach that he is familiar with.

There is also some question about the basil plant that we purchased as a start.

That said, the basil plant that we are growing from seed is definitely basil! Any advice? What do you think?

Check out the video for details!

Rambling Musical Commentary: Where Funky People Play

Join LadyG as she shares a storytime about PAY DAY, little brothers, popcorn shrimp, mama, daddy, Becky, hamburgers, “class ” and her favorite R&B/Soul jams from 1978-ish

**Post titles always include a lyric from one of the songs highlighted in the audio.

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A Family Conversation: Don’t Just Talk About It, Be About It!

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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All babies together, everyone a seed
Half of us are satisfied, half of us in need
Love’s bountiful in us, tarnished by our greed
When will there be a harvest for the world

Harvest for the World. Songwriters: Christopher H Jasper / Ernie Isley / Marvin Isley / O’kelly Isley / Ronald Isley / Rudolph Isley
Harvest for the World lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Today the cousins discuss LadyG’s post America Needs Some Samfundssind Up In Here.

Pt 1: Family Chit chat
Samfundssind vs Hygge
Mr. Spock’s Philosophy  
The Facebook Provocateur 

Pt 2: Americans: Diametrically opposed 
If you’re not going to help, don’t hinder.
Dunning-Kruger solve the puzzle
Stop the Parties!

Pt 3: George Washington’s warning 
Back to Samfundssind: Prioritizing the greater good 
Greedy Capitalists don’t trickle it down
Running the Gauntlet 

Pt 4: Walking in other folks shoes
Sacrificing for the country…but not really. 
Don’t talk about it be about it. 
Do unto others 

Links from the discussion:

Dunning -Kruger Effect

Robert Reich

Love Notes From Lady G: Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

I know you know someone that has a negative vibe
And if you’re trying to make it they only push you aside
They really don’t have, no where to go

Ask them where they’re going, they don’t know
But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back
We’re gonna put ourselves together
We’re gonna polish up our act!

And if you’ve ever been held down before
I know you refuse to be held down anymore!
Don’t you let nothing, nothing
Stand in your way!

Songwriters: Jerry Allen Cohen / Gene Mcfadden / John Whitehead
Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Warner Chappell Music Inc

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