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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.

Montessori Educators: Are they teachers or guides?

Montessori Educators: Are they teachers or guides?

t 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 […]

Kindergarten and Elementary Moving-Up Meetings

Kindergarten and Elementary Moving-Up Meetings

any schools face the challenge of convincing more parents of 5 year-olds to stay on for elementary. I wrote the enclosed letters for one school to send out over the Head’s signature. I thought that you might find them useful in preparing an evening and invitation to attend of your own. Many schools send home […]

Why Continue in Montessori Elementary?

Why Continue in Montessori Elementary?

Having sent a child to Montessori for the first three years, by now you have probably got a young person who is very full of herself, very self-assured, independent, and who absolutely loves to go to school. As your child approaches the end of her third year in the...