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Webcast:  Effective Board and Admin Team Relationships / Part 1

Webcast: Effective Board and Admin Team Relationships / Part 1

    This week, began to explore the topic of how to build effective working relationships between the school’s administrative team and the board. For those of you who own your school, this will probably still be just as relevant. The relationship between the individual or family owners, and the leadership of the school or […]

Montessori Secondary Programs: Their Time Has Come

Montessori Secondary Programs: Their Time Has Come

EDITOR’S NOTE: After more than one hundred years, most educators acknowledge that the Montessori Method is a great way to give young learners a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Just mention ‘Montessori’ and almost everyone you meet will say something like, “Oh, yes, my kids went to Montessori,” or they know somebody whose […]

Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go from Here?

hanks to people just like us, my grandchildren (and your children) will have the opportunity to graduate from a Montessori high school. Our youngest grandchild, Hudson, is only 15 months old. He has been a Montessori student since he was 10-weeks-old, and he is blossoming. Fifteen months old? Why are we thinking about his high […]

Webcast:  Montessori Compass – The story behind the software

Webcast: Montessori Compass – The story behind the software

This week, our guests will be Rob and Anita Amos, co-founders of Montessori Compass. We will have a lively conversation about why it is important for Montessori educators to keep careful records, to plan, and to keep parents informed. Rob and Anita will share reflections on how the software was developed, how it has evolved, […]

Homework and the Montessori Way

Homework and the Montessori Way

  ll of the usual arguments that parents and mainstream teachers use to justify homework miss the point. Homework does not teach children responsibility, time-management skills, self-discipline, or more of what they should be learning during the day. What it teaches is how to put up with a job that they dislike. Far too many […]

Why Telling Your Children that They’re Smart Isn’t Smart

Why Telling Your Children that They’re Smart Isn’t Smart

mericans tend to believe that children who are successful at school are smart and assume that intelligence is something with which one is born. In the United States, parents often say something along the lines of, “I may be biased, but I really believe my child is very smart.” Many a mother and father hope […]

From Children’s House To Adolescent Communities:

From Children’s House To Adolescent Communities:

Montessori Extends through High School veryone remembers their high school years. Few of us want to remember middle school. And no one, except perhaps our mothers, remembers the preschool that we attended until we were old enough to go to ‘real school.’ But wait, that may be true for most of us, but it is […]

Why Small Schools Work – Good Things Come in Small Packages

Why Small Schools Work – Good Things Come in Small Packages

 hundred years ago most schools were very small in comparison with the large elementary schools and enormous middle and high schools that we find across America and in much of the rest of the world. The one-room schoolhouse was the traditional American classroom model. Classes were multi-aged. Students learned from each other, especially the older […]

Help! My Montessori School Wants to Normalize My Child!

Help! My Montessori School Wants to Normalize My Child!

ot long ago, a mother wrote: “My daughter attends a Montessori school. She loves school and tells me about all the wonderful things she does. I just have one question, could someone please explain the term Normalization?” Normalization is a term that causes a great deal of confusion and some concern among many new Montessori […]

Negotiating the Montessori Maze

Negotiating the Montessori Maze

Webcast:  What should be in a Montessori Primary classroom?

Webcast: What should be in a Montessori Primary classroom?

> This week we discussed the topic of what belongs in an early childhood Montessori classroom. We share a suggested list of materials and furnishings with you. Our goal was not to cover each material, but to discuss the issue in broader terms and to explore the issue of materials from outside of Montessori.