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Education Needs a Radical Change

Education Needs a Radical Change

fter recently watching a film about the life of Jane Goodall, and then reading a recent interview with her, I was struck by her stark observations regarding the state of our planet—in terms of climate change, the disappearance of species, the destruction of forests, the melting glaciers, the pollution of the oceans, the desperate plight […]

Music and Montessori

Music and Montessori

Music is such an important aspect of the Montessori program at any level – from a developmental approach with rhythm, singing, and dancing to understanding music as a language to incorporating it into cultural studies and music appreciation. Learn just a little bit about music and Montessori from Larry Shanker and Lorna McGrath in this […]

Music and Montessori

January Calm: The Comfort of Routine and Consistency

There is a wonderful phenomenon that happens when children come back to school after the winter break. It is the great pleasure of being back in the routine of everyday living which allows children to focus and move forward in their growth. Christine will share some of her observations of the classroom at the Primary […]

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The Bowman Expansion Project

The Bowman Expansion Project

An interview with Mary Beth Ricks, Head of School, Bowman in Palo Alto, California Founded in 1995, Bowman is an innovative, accredited Montessori program serving primary-8th-grade students in Palo Alto, California. Mary Beth Ricks has been Head of School since 2008 and started as one of the founding teachers at Bowman. Bowman is the first […]

Montessori Grandparenting: Let’s Do An Experiment

Montessori Grandparenting: Let’s Do An Experiment

My very enthusiastic 6-year-old granddaughter, Aubrey, is very into experiments. She’s a Kindergarten student and her love of learning is made evident by her desire to try to learn new things outside her classroom. And, let’s face it, she knows I’m all in on anything she wants to try out when I’m there for a […]

Music and Montessori

Reaching for Peace

Mary Helen Abel will share her experiences and inspiration for this artistic children’s peace project. She will explain how she went about putting the project together and the materials needed including a small item for the children to take home.  She collaborated  with a family in the school who owned a business in the local […]

Know Your Senses Know Yourself

Know Your Senses Know Yourself

ooking over Lake Pokegama in Northern Minnesota, I was watching the beautiful white sails of the X boats gliding back and forth, propelled forward by their wind-taut sails. Sitting upon a bench above the water, I spent hour after hour tracking the wind and the boats. More than likely I was accompanied by a curmudgeon […]