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PSO Book Club

The PSO book club chooses books, usually around parenting or Montessori practices, that would be of interest to the community. All are welcome to join for discussions hosted by the book club throughout the year.


The next PSO Book Club Book is Screenwise  by Devorah Heitner
Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 AM in the SCM Gym

Two copies of the book are available in the parent lending library unless someone has already borrowed them. Screenwise is available as an audiobook from Hoopla, Houston Public Library's digital-lending app.
Screenwise is a guide to understanding what it is like for children to grow up with technology, and to recognizing the special challenges--and advantages--that contemporary kids and teens experience thanks to this level of connection. 
This book will help us think about how we reflect the values we hold in real life into the on-screen world, how to talk with kids about sensitive subjects, and navigate other issues that come up in the digital age.


Past books are listed below. Many of these are available for check out at the parent lending library.

Past PSO Book Club books

Turning Education Inside-Out Confessions of a Montessori Principal, Judy Dempsey
Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change by Barbara Coloroso.


Montessori in the 20th Century, M. Shannon Helfrich
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite, William Deresiewicz
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
Nuture Shock , Chapter 3 , Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman

Montessori Today, Paula Polk Lillard
Parenting with Presence, Susan Stiffelman
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, John M. Gottman
The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn

The Talk, Sharon  Maxwell
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, Neale S. Godfrey
You are Not Special, David McCullough
Montessori Parenting, Dr. Jim and Sonnie McFarland

Free-range Kids, Lenore Skenazy
Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers, Gabor Maté and Gordon Neufeld