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On The Road With Maria

On The Road With Maria

Maria Montessori has been a constant presence in my life for over 30 years. All four of my sons are Montessori students. I’ve seen and sensed the impact that Montessori has had on them and on me, as a parent, educator, and leader. Founding Kingsley Montessori (Boston, Massachusetts) in 1986, serving as Chair of the […]

Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Ribbon & Straws Help Montessori Students Build Teamwork & Biome Pyramids

Abstract At Indian Harbour Montessori, the study of ecosystems through the construction of Biome Pyramids offers learners many opportunities in the upper elementary Montessori classroom by connecting teamwork, organization, research, science, geography, art, geometry, hands-on building, computer skills, and public speaking. Working in teams, our students select a biome anywhere in the world. They research […]

NewGate School’s 2018 Commencement Address

NewGate School’s 2018 Commencement Address

Thomas Wolfe famously titled one of his books You Can’t Go Home Again. Poor Thomas. He obviously didn’t go to NewGate School.  Being here at NewGate is like coming home. It doesn’t seem to matter if you’ve been at NewGate since you were 18 months, or if you’ve been here for two or three years. NewGate […]

Travel  With Teens

Travel With Teens

Our family does not live near grandparents or other family members, and we have not for the last eighteen years. That means we have done many miles of traveling with babies, toddlers, school children, and now teens. We have traveled by car, train, and airplane across the country and around the world. It does get […]

Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

Hard Conversations with Your Child Part 2

From helping your child understand friendships, to the importance of family values and beliefs, to those “big” questions about the world or current events, having a Hard Conversation with your son or daughter can be really challenging for all of us. Having some knowledge of developmental stages, some clues for understanding what your child really […]

The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

As an educator and parent, I saw a need for children to have an outlet to explore and develop emotional and social sensitivity. We created ClayMatesTM in a direct response to this need as we now live in an age of overwhelming distractions from media, technology, and entertainment, we see a generation of children who […]

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Most people think of Montessori Practical Life as scooping and pouring in the Early Childhood years but as Maria Montessori said, “Education should not just be preparation for university, it should be preparation for life.” Cheryl Allen will guide us through activities and ideas for Practical Life during the elementary and adolescent years.

The Story Behind the Scarves & Ties

The Story Behind the Scarves & Ties

The year 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of Tim Seldin and Joyce St. Giermaine founding the Montessori Foundation. We wanted to honor their work with a unique gift, a creation to express our profound appreciation for their tireless effort. And thus was born, the Seldin Men’s Tie and St. Giermaine Infinity Scarf. The design was […]

Polishing the Penny Revisited: Studying Roman Coins in the Timeline of Man

Polishing the Penny Revisited: Studying Roman Coins in the Timeline of Man

The study of ancient civilizations is an important part of elementary education, both within the context of the Montessori timeline of man and elsewhere. Children at this age love learning about ancient civilizations; but despite this, still, often perceive them as abstractions. For several years now, Westminster School has incorporated a lab activity for their […]

School’s Out, Now What?

School’s Out, Now What?

By the time you are reading this issue of Tomorrow’s Child magazine, schools in the US and elsewhere will be winding down for the year.  So what’s on tap for you this summer? Many of us have to work, even during the break, so that doesn’t always allow for lots of free time. Some schools […]

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie— We have been visiting Montessori schools and considering enrollment for our child. We notice that there is a lot of food work in the classroom. Often, children seem to wander around with food. We have also visited traditional preschools, and they usually have snack altogether. Why is there a difference?  — An enquiring […]

Spontaneous Typewriter

Spontaneous Typewriter

I am always looking for opportunities for my high school students to get involved with our local community as part of their English class. Often that means seeing live theater at one of the several amazing theaters in our area, but last month a new opportunity presented itself: typewriter poetry at our local independent bookstore on […]