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Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

          by M. J. Rosanova, Ph.D. The Montessori Bilingual Institute (MOBI) The children are playing outside. I can hear them outside my window. They’re singing and calling out to each other in Japanese. No, our school isn’t located in Japan. InterCultura Montessori is located in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of […]

Webcast: Setting Tuition and Fees

Webcast: Setting Tuition and Fees

It’s that time of year again! We are all actively preparing for the annual re-enrollment cycle. Have you reviewed your tuition strategy? Will you be adjusting your school’s tuition for next school year? Should you offer early enrollment incentives and/or penalties for late enrollment? This week’s webcast will focus on the many questions and concerns […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Sensory Perception

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Sensory Perception

The Pink Tower(left) is one of the Sensorial materials that children enjoy working with early in their Montessori experience. The Pink Tower, or Tower of Cubes, is composed of a graduated series of ten wooden cubes. The largest cube has a square section of 10 centimeters per side and is 10 centimeters high. Thus, it […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Grace, Courtesy, & Community Service

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Grace, Courtesy, & Community Service

  Lessons in Grace, Courtesy & Community Service Learning how to work and play together with others, in a peaceful and caring community, is perhaps the most critical life skill that Montessori teaches. Learning how to greet someone graciously is one of the first acts of courtesy learned in the Montessori classroom. Everyday kindness and […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Practical Life Skills

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Practical Life Skills

Developing new skills that will enable us to live full and productive lives is something that all of us encounter throughout the years. It’s not just a process for the very young. Think about the last time you started a new job, took up a new hobby, moved to a new city, upgraded your computer’s […]

Montessori is Much More Than the Materials or the Name

Montessori is Much More Than the Materials or the Name

The following very brief introduction was prepared by Tim Seldin, President of The Montessori Foundation during his years as Headmaster of The Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland (1971-1993). Montessori schools are designed to prepare children both for university and for life. There are three key ideas that are central to the mission as a […]

A Guided Tour of the Early Childhood & Elementary Montessori Classrooms: Part One – A Prepared Environment

A Guided Tour of the Early Childhood & Elementary Montessori Classrooms: Part One – A Prepared Environment

The different faces of Montessori’s prepared environment   Before children enter a Montessori classroom on the first day of school each year, Montessori teachers have spent many hours preparing the environment. Materials that were carefully stored in boxes during vacation time are brought out and unwrapped. Wooden shelves that were stacked in the far corner […]

Buckminster Fuller on Dr. Maria Montessori

Buckminster Fuller on Dr. Maria Montessori

All children are born geniuses; however, 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly and inadvertently, ‘degeniused’ by grown-ups. This happens because human beings are born naked, helpless, and – though superbly equipped cerebrally – utterly lacking in experience, therefore utterly ignorant. Their delicate sensing equipment is, as yet, untried. Born with built-in hunger, thirst, curiosity, […]

Video Interview with NewGate School Montessori high school seniors May 2017 Lorna McGrath

Video Interview with NewGate School Montessori high school seniors May 2017 Lorna McGrath

In May of 2016, Lorna McGrath interviewed six graduating seniors from the NewGate School (the Montessori Foundation’s Lab School in Sarasota, Florida). In this candid and unscripted interview, Lorna leads an interesting conversation with students who grew up in Montessori and some who entered along the way.

What Makes Montessori Different?

What Makes Montessori Different?

Montessori schools are not completely different from other schools. Over the last century, Dr. Maria Montessori’s ideas have had a profound and growing influence on education around the world. However, while individual elements of her program are finding their way into more traditional classrooms every year, there is a cumulative impact that we see when […]

The Many Faces of Montessori in North America and Abroad

The Many Faces of Montessori in North America and Abroad

Education is not something that the teacher does. It is a natural process that develops spontaneously. – Maria Montessori There are some six thousand Montessori schools in North America, and it is estimated that there are some twenty thousand schools worldwide. Montessori schools are found throughout Western Europe, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, […]

Webcast: Setting Tuition and Fees

Webcast; Setting Intentions for the New Year

Dr. Montessori paved the way for eternal optimism and reminds us why we engage in the purposeful work of serving children, families, teachers, schools, and organizations. This week, Tim Seldin, Kathy Leitch and Jonathan Wolf will facilitate a discussion on setting intentions for the new year. As we look forward to 2018 in the Montessori world-wide […]