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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

  Most of us are aware that the United Nations adopted a declaration on the universal rights of the child, but many of us have not read it. Here is the introduction and the link to the full text. We encourage you to revisit it from time to time and reflect on the...
An Online Montessori School for Teens

An Online Montessori School for Teens

Editor’s Note: Families have been inspired by Montessori to home-school their children for years. The trend seems to be expanding. Something new grew out of the pandemic: online education at the adolescent level that is consciously based on Montessori guidelines. One...
Montessori: Frequently Asked Questions

Montessori: Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t Montessori elitist? Montessori is an educational philosophy and approach that can be found in all sorts of settings, from the most humble to large, well equipped campuses. In general, Montessori schools consciously strive to create and maintain a diverse student body, welcoming families of every ethnic background and religion, and using scholarships and financial […]

Lost Skills Come Back: Montessori Method Aids Alzheimer’s

Lost Skills Come Back: Montessori Method Aids Alzheimer’s

When Varnadore “Willie” Williamson first came to JABA’s Adult Day Healthcare Center he was still independent. Later, however, his Alzheimer’s had progressed to the point where he could no longer go to the bathroom by himself. He couldn’t unbuckle his belt. Ellen Phipps, director of the healthcare center, went next door to the Montessori School […]

Starting a New Montessori School

Starting a New Montessori School

Starting a World Class Montessori School from the Ground Up The Montessori Foundation and The International Montessori Council receive regular inquiries from people around the world who want to start Montessori schools. While there are some aspects on which we can provide direct support, there are many more aspects that are specific to location. This […]

Parenting toward Antiracism | Montessori Family Life Webinar

Parenting toward Antiracism | Montessori Family Life Webinar

Dr. Valaida Wise was recently a guest on the Montessori Family Life Webinar series when she shared some of her ideas about how to raise children to be anti-racist. I will summarize a small part of that webinar here. If you would like to view the entire broadcast or...

What? An Evaluation?

o one will ever know your child like you do, and you see aspects of your child that no teacher ever will, but the reverse is also true. Your child’s teacher sees aspects of your child that you may never get to see. Your child’s teacher sees him as he is learning to be part […]

Montessori Education in a Time of  Physical Distancing: Is the Use of Digital Technology Appropriate in the Context of Montessori Philosophy?

Montessori Education in a Time of Physical Distancing: Is the Use of Digital Technology Appropriate in the Context of Montessori Philosophy?

Maria Montessori, in an address in 1936 entitled “For Peace,” (2007) discussed how the technologies of her day had brought humankind together and had created a single “great nation” (pp. 24-26): By becoming a single nation, we have finally realized the unconscious...
Helping Parents Help Themselves

Helping Parents Help Themselves

The Montessori Foundation, in cooperation with a collaborative set up in mid-March, of this year, is striving to help parents figure out ways to deal with the new reality of Covid 19. For many, you are working from home for the first time. How do you manage your time...
Pandemic Strategies: Family Meetings

Pandemic Strategies: Family Meetings

During the first weeks of the pandemic, The Montessori Foundation began to hold free zoom meetings for parents struggling with a variety of issues.Here is a short review of the Montessori Parent Gathering from April 4, 2020. The presenter was Lorna McGrath, Director...
The Role We Play to End Systemic and Internal Racism  What Questions Should We Ask Ourselves?

The Role We Play to End Systemic and Internal Racism What Questions Should We Ask Ourselves?

This was an initial conversation on issues of race and social justice with a panel that included Dr. Valaida Wise, Dr. Cindy Acker, Kristina Torres, Kathy Leitch, Jonathon Wolff and other, and a discussion about meaningful steps that Montessori educators and schools...