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SOME Basic Information That Every Montessori Parent Should Know

  Why do they call it a Children’s House? In her research, Dr. Montessori noted specific characteristics associated with the children’s interests and abilities at each plane of development. She argued that a school carefully designed to meet the needs and interests of the child will work more effectively because it doesn’t fight human nature. Montessori taught teachers how to “follow the child” through careful observation, allowing students to reveal their strengths and weaknesses,...

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ML March 2022The International Montessori Council

Creativity, Ecological Intelligence, Cultivating the Cosmic Task at Home and School

PART 1: Creativity and Cultivation of the Cosmic Task Creativity — and being a creative thinker — is elusive and inherent all at once. As humans, we all have immense potential for creativity across all fields of life and learning — from art to science, to social and educational contributions, and beyond. Though few of us will ever be Creative in the ways of Einstein, Maya Angelou, Yayoi Kusama, or Maria Montessori (and that is okay), we all deserve the benefits of being creative in our day...

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)Emotionally Healthy ChildrenGrace and CourtesyMFAMixed AgesMontessori EducationPrepared EnvironmentTC May 2022Tomorrow's Child

A Montessori School Is…

A Montessori School Is… by Cassi Mackey, M.Ed. The best environments for children are the ones that show them how to use their hearts. Love is the most essential element in our Montessori communities. It is the foundation of learning and teaching. Like breathing, love is a thing that comes so naturally. We breathe deeply and truly in a way that feeds our bodies, our hearts, and our souls. We love the same way. Love is the container that holds all the essential elements that make up a fully...

DisciplineGrace and CourtesyMFAMontessori ParentingPrimary (3-6)TC May 2022Tomorrow's Child

Are We Really All Friends?

ARE WE REALLY ALL FRIENDS? by Betsy Merena In this article, we will discuss the appropriateness of the long-standing tradition of using the term “friends” as an all-encompassing definition of peer relationships in the early childhood classroom environment. Through a personal anecdote that spurred self-reflection and a pivot in my own teaching practices, we will discover informed alternatives that ease the pressure created by expectations of universal friendship. “But what is a social life...

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Emotionally Healthy ChildrenEmpowermentFamily ResourcesFree ReadsMFAMontessori Family LifeMontessori ParentingParent EducationSchool ResourcesSocial JusticeThe International Montessori CouncilThe Montessori Way

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

  Most of us are aware that the United Nations adopted a declaration on the universal rights of the child, but many of us have not read it. Here is the introduction and the link to the full text. We encourage you to revisit it from time to time and reflect on the vital message and vision within.   Convention on the Rights of the Child ADOPTED 20 November 1989 BY General Assembly of the United Nations resolution 44/25 Entry into force: 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49...

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Preparing for Black History Month

A candid conversation with three Montessori Guides of Color BY DR. CINDY ACKER “We must never forget,” said Yvette Clarke, “that Black history is American history. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.” In a period in which we have begun a spiritual practice of opening our eyes to the contributions of those who have historically been invalidated. In this particular issue, we want to recognize a few of the many of those who have made contributions...

ML Feb 2022Montessori AdministratorsMontessori Leadership MagazineMontessori Leadership Magazine Online IssueSchool ResourcesThe International Montessori Council

MPPI Update: The Build Back Better Act

The MPPI and it’s involvement in the Build Back Better Act By Denise Monnier, Director of State Advocacy The Build Back Better Act is a historic legislative proposal that if passed will change the landscape of early care and education in America by funding near universal access to child care and preschool, and raise early childhood educator and childcare provider income to levels more comparable to the important work that they do. We are optimistically anticipating the possibility of this...

Challenging BehaviorsDisciplineEmotionally Healthy ChildrenEmpowermentML 2021Montessori Family LifeMontessori ParentingSchool LeadershipThe International Montessori Council

Why are Children so Different Today

by Jane Nelsen, EdD and Chip DeLorenzo, MEd   When working with Montessori teachers, we always start by asking them to list their current stressors. Inevitably, they share that children exhibit a high degree of disrespect, entitlement, and lack of self-regulation. Children don’t listen to adults. Teachers overwhelmingly agree that these behaviors are more frequent and blatant now than when they grew up or when they first started working with children. Teachers who’ve been in their...

Family ResourcesMFAMontessori EducationMontessori Family LifeMontessori ParentingTC November 2021

Music: A Multisensory Approach to Learning

I have been a children’s music teacher for nearly half a century! I started teaching in Michigan and continued in the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, Hawaii, and New Mexico. In the beginning, I was expected to create my own curriculum. Because I was a musician, everyone assumed I knew how to implement a music program. The truth was, I had no idea! Fortunately, in 1974, I received a scholarship to become an accredited Early Childhood teacher through the American Montessori Society. The...

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Book Reviews by Lorna McGrath

  Blackwater – Sometimes a Lie is Harder Than the Truth Written by Eve Bunting   Eve Bunting is not new to writing children’s picture books, storybooks, and children’s novels. Blackwater will engage readers from ages 11-14 years old with a story of tragedy, mystery, and moral dilemmas. It reminds readers of the importance of always being mindful of the choices they make and the actions that they take. Sometimes, even just a simple act of jealousy or revenge can lead to tragedy and can...

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