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Developing a New Montessori Middle and/or High School (Video)

n October 30th, 2014, Dr. Paul Epstein and Tim Seldin explored the topic of Developing a Montessori Middle and/or High School Program. We discussed many of the fundamental issues in organizing a new secondary program, from staffing to organizing the course of study, ways of learning, experiential programs, internships, travel, facilities, admission of older students […]

A Letter from a Montessori Child to Start the School Year

A Letter from a Montessori Child to Start the School Year

Shared with us By Chip DeLorenzo, M.Ed. Contributing Editor with the Montessori Family Alliance Dear Mom or Dad, As you know I’ll be starting school again real soon, and I can’t wait. I overheard you the other day saying to your friend that you can’t wait for school to start too. I’m glad you’re as […]

Emotional Intelligence: The New Meaning of ‘Smart’

t’s recess at Lake Mary Montessori Academy and amid the swirl of laughter and activity, two five-year-olds engage in a tug of war over the same swing. Director Sheila Linville witnesses the event. Her first impulse was to intervene when suddenly she heard one child say to the other, “Let’s sit down and mediate this.” […]

Should We Continue with Montessori for Elementary … or Move on?

Author’s Note:  This article is told in part by the author, and in part through the words of several Montessori teachers, students and parents with whom I spoke in preparing our DVD, Joyful Scholars – The Elementary Mon-tessori Program, available from the Montessori Foundation publication center (www. montessori-foundation-books.org) s children near the end of their kindergarten […]

Bringing Montessori Home / The Town Game

The Town Game This is a wonderful activity for either the classroom or home. It helps children learn how to read a map, follow directions, and practice their reading. Materials: Provide a large piece of heavy-grade vinyl (thick enough that it lays flat but can still be rolled up like a rug). On this sheet […]

Maria Montessori: Celebrating 100 Years of Education Reform

  ne hundred years ago, on January 6th, 1907, an Italian physician was invited to open a child-care facility for fifty preschool-aged children in a section of Rome that was avoided and neglected because of its oppressive poverty and crime.The children’s parents worked sixteen or more hours a day. In the absence of adult supervision, these children […]

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Overview Shem Al Nessem (or “Smell the Breezes”) is an old Egyptian spring festival. It is a happy holiday that goes back to the days of the pharaohs. It is also an Egyptian national holiday. It is celebrated on the Monday following Easter. It starts very early in the morning. Whoever wakes up first can […]

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

Overview Africa is a continent of tremendous diversity of environments and peoples.  However, in planning an African celebration, it is particularly appropriate to celebrate an African harvest festival. Farmers in Africa have to face long and terrible droughts in some areas, so a harvest festival is most meaningful to them. Of course, not all regions […]

Research for the Montessori Classroom

very year we receive more and more inquires about formal research evidence that validates Montessori’s effectiveness. More than two hundred studies have been published about the long-term academic and social development of children who attended Montessori schools in the United States. However, educational research is not often taken seriously by scientists. What do we really […]

Celebrations: Japanese Children’s Day

Celebrations: Japanese Children’s Day

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Overview Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) is a Japanese national holiday, which takes place annually on May 5 (the fifth day of the fifth month) and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated […]

Celebrations: Bastille Day

Celebrations: Bastille Day

Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on July 14th of each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the […]