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Happy Birthday,  Maria Montessori.

Happy Birthday, Maria Montessori.

On this, the 150th anniversary of your birth, we celebrate your life and express our gratitude. You contributed so much to children’s lives and to all of us who discovered your work as adults. Thank you for patiently observing and listening to the children who taught...
The Curve Of Work: First Year Primary

The Curve Of Work: First Year Primary

The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior”  Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration was the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major contributions to the […]

Beyond The Numbers Sustaining Equity In Montessori Schools

Research has demonstrated the benefits children gain from attending racially diverse schools. Berends and Penaloza (2010) and Newton (2010), both found that students in diverse schools tended to score higher in math. Benson and Borman (2010), found that literacy scores improved when students attended racially diverse schools. As Montessorians, we know that education cannot be […]

Motivating Adolescent Students: With Practical Life Experiences

Motivating Adolescent Students: With Practical Life Experiences

“The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence.” —Maria Montessori What motivates adolescents to do their best work? Most would agree that programs that support student interests and provide high challenges and skills, thinking combined with acting, freedom combined with […]

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior.” (Montessori, 1988, p.202) Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration is the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major […]

Using he Montessori method To Build The Whole Child

Using he Montessori method To Build The Whole Child

The Montessori method develops the child’s disposition and attitude, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Children’s learning is reflected in the level of motivation and interest they show in their work, and in their ability to concentrate and finish what they start. Children are scientists and have a tendency to explore their world. They learn about who they […]

Children Learn Best When Parents Learn With Them

Children Learn Best When Parents Learn With Them

I used to think that our school’s mission was solely about each student and his/her learning; now I know that our mission also includes the parent as a learner. My personal journey from “I used to think…but now I know” occurred through observation and research during my 30 years in leadership at Kingsley Montessori in […]

The Curve Of Work: First Year Primary

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior.” (Montessori, 1988, p.202) Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration is the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major […]

Being A Montessori Parent

Being A Montessori Parent

Maria Montessori was a pioneer woman,  A brilliant-minded genius who went out on her own to design and build an educational curriculum more than one hundred years ago for the poorest children in Italy. It was deemed ‘alternative’ then, and it still is today. Very few people truly understand how and why the Montessori Method works, […]

DEAR CATHIE: Cathie’s Montessori Journey

DEAR CATHIE: Cathie’s Montessori Journey

Dear Cathie— I know you have been in the Montessori world for a long time. How did you find the Montessori Method and did your own children go to Montessori schools? If so, did it make a difference in their lives?   — A SET OF INTERESTED PARENTS Dear Parents, Thank you for your interest in […]

My Montessori Journey

My Montessori Journey

As parents, we all want the best education for our children. But what does that mean? What does that look like? For me, it means having access to the teachings and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We have three children, ages 10, 7, and 4. They are all unique; all with their own personalities, special […]

A Letter from  the Editor

A Letter from the Editor

Dear Montessorians: Raising and educating children has always been a challenge. In the past few weeks, Montessori’s words of peace, tolerance, love, and spirit have been severely tested. Preparing our young people for the ‘real world’ has a new sense of urgency. One day when I was in high school, my English teacher wrote the […]