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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 […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: The Montessori Approach to Reading, Composition & Literature

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: The Montessori Approach to Reading, Composition & Literature

The process of learning how to read should be as painless and simple as learning how to speak. Montessori begins by placing the youngest students in classes where the older students are already reading. All children want is to “do what the big kids can do,” and, as the intriguing work that absorbs the older […]

Objetivos del Segundo Idioma, Métodos Montessori

            Note: This article was originally published in English in Tomorrow’s Child magazine in 2000. Translated by Patricia DeLeon 2018 por M. J. Rosanova, Ph.D. En el Instituto Bilingüe Montessori (MOBI), los niños juegan afuera. Puedo escucharlos afuera de mi ventana. Están cantando y llamándose entre sí en japonés. No, nuestra […]

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Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

Second Language Goals, Montessori Methods

          by M. J. Rosanova, Ph.D. The Montessori Bilingual Institute (MOBI) The children are playing outside. I can hear them outside my window. They’re singing and calling out to each other in Japanese. No, our school isn’t located in Japan. InterCultura Montessori is located in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of […]

Webinar:  Understanding Your Child: Sensitivities Birth to Six Years Old

Webinar: Understanding Your Child: Sensitivities Birth to Six Years Old

Children experience “sensitive periods” when they are consumed with a natural desire to develop certain skills or grow in specific areas. This webinar will explore these periods and how you can support your child’s natural, spontaneous development in each domain.

Book Review:  The Name Jar

Book Review: The Name Jar

The Name Jarby Yangsook Choi his is a sweet book about friendship and compassion. It is the story of an elementary-age child moving from one country to another, one culture to another, and one language to another. At first, she was embarrassed because she and her name were very different than the children in her […]

Book Review:  From North to South – Del Norte al Sur

Book Review: From North to South – Del Norte al Sur

From North to South – Del Norte al Surby René Colato Laínez
& Joe Cepeda rom North to South is a very apropos story in the United States’ current discussion about immigration (particularly between the US and Mexico), even though it was written in 2010. I suggest, because of the subject matter, it would be a […]

Book Review:  Sitti’s Secrets

Book Review: Sitti’s Secrets

By Naomi Shihab Nye
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter itti’s Secrets is an older book that somehow just crossed my desk. I love it! Its contents are profound, heartwarming, and hopeful. The illustrations are lovely. It was published in 1997. Twenty years ago. Really? How could that be? This the story of a young girl who visits […]

Book Review:  Around the World from A to Z

Book Review: Around the World from A to Z

Around the World from A to Z By Christine Cheung & Han Tran
I Illlustrated by Tong Wu This is a different kind of alphabet book written by Montessorians with gorgeous illustrations and a preface on how to use Sandpaper Letters. On the left-hand page is a textured letter of the alphabet in cursive. On the […]

BOOK REVIEW: Aardvark to Zucchini

BOOK REVIEW: Aardvark to Zucchini

Aardvark to Zucchini: Phonetic Alphabet Book Written by Joan A. Hentschel Illustrated by Suzanne M. Peyer Having taught in a 3-6 Montessori classroom for 15 years, I found that teaching children to read can be done in many ways. There is no one right way for every child. There are lots of good ways that […]

Language Immersion At Montessori Casa International

Language Immersion At Montessori Casa International

common misperception is that exposure to multiple languages causes brain confusion and leads to delayed speech and literacy in young children. In reality, however, a bilingual environment fosters cognitive development and increases creativity, concentration, productivity, and problem-solving skills. As early as the womb, humans are able to distinguish between multiple languages and are able to […]