postheadericon Introducing Montessori Education

In this section you will find a wide range of articles on different aspects of Montessori Education.

postheadericon Dr. Montessori's 10 commandments to educators who wish to follow her approach

1. Never touch a child unless invited by him (in some form or another).

2. Never speak ill of a child, either in his presence or in his absence

Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:01)

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postheadericon Why Montessori for the kindergarten year?

Every year at reenrollment time, and in thousands of Montessori schools all over North America, parents of four-almost-five-year-olds are trying to decide whether or not they should keep their sons and daughters in Montessori for kindergarten or send them off to the local schools.

The advantages of using the local schools often seem obvious, while those of staying in Montessori are often not at all clear. When you can use the local schools for free, why would anyone want to invest thousands of dollars in another year's tuition?

Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:08)

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postheadericon The Montessori Way

The following essay is excerpted from The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin and Paul Epstein.

There are more than four thousand Montessori schools found throughout the United States. Montessori schools are also found in North and South American nations, throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Some schools only offer early childhood programs; others offer early childhood through elementary or secondary. Most are private or independent schools, founded either by an individual teacher or a parent board. There are a growing number of public school programs, and many home schools implement aspects of the Montessori approach.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:10)

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postheadericon Dr. Montessori's Legacy

The following essay is excerpted from The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin and Paul Epstein.

“It was January 6th (1907), when the first school was opened for small, normal children of between three and six years of age. I cannot say on my methods, for these did not yet exist. But in the school that was opened my method was shortly to come into being. On that day there was nothing to be seen but about fifty wretchedly poor children, rough and shy in manner, many of them crying, almost all the children of illiterate parents, who had been entrusted to my care. They were tearful, frightened children, so shy that it was impossible to get them to speak; their faces were expressionless, with bewildered eyes as though they had never seen anything in their lives.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:12)

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postheadericon Montessori Educators: Are they 'Teachers' or 'Guides'?

It may take a moment to spot the teachers within the environment.

The Montessori teacher’s role is quite different from the role played by teachers in many schools. They are generally not the center of attention, and they spend little time giving large group lessons. Their role centers around the preparation and organization of appropriate learning materials to meet the needs and interests of each child in the class. Montessori teachers will normally be found working with one or two children at a time, advising, presenting a new lesson, or quietly observing the class at work. The focus is on children learning, not teachers teaching. Children are considered as distinct individuals in terms of their interests, progress and growth, and preferred learning style. The Montessori teacher is a guide, mentor and friend.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:28)

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