Select Page
To access this page, you will need to log in or become a member.
Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Damariscotta Montessori School uses positive discipline, which is implemented in a developmentally and age-appropriate fashion to meet the needs of the individual child. Our focus is on how to help children resolve problems and empower them to have a successful...
Why are Children so Different Today

Why are Children so Different Today

by Jane Nelsen, EdD and Chip DeLorenzo, MEd   When working with Montessori teachers, we always start by asking them to list their current stressors. Inevitably, they share that children exhibit a high degree of disrespect, entitlement, and lack of...
Psychologist vs Mom- How Do Montessori Teachers Do It?

Psychologist vs Mom- How Do Montessori Teachers Do It?

Montessori Teachers: How DO they do it? I’m sitting at home right now, drinking my second coffee of the day. My two boys have finally given in and are taking naps (at the same time!), and all is right with the world. It is a snow day, and this morning, when I saw the cancellation […]

Peacemaking Circles

Peacemaking Circles

Montessorians are familiar with the daily “Circle” and use this important practice for starting or closing the day, but the Peacemaking Circle or Conferencing approach has become part of restorative practices in schools, workplaces, prisons, and Court systems around the country and throughout the world. Based on ancient practices of aboriginal peoples, this approach creates […]

Peace and Punishment

Peace and Punishment

An article on Discipline without Violence There are many instances in Dr. Montessori’s work where she explains why she “eventually…gave up either punishing or rewarding the children”.(1) She explains that this method is “always a form of repression”(2), and is based upon our – in her opinion tragically erroneous – belief that children “come into […]

The Flow of Montessori

The Flow of Montessori

The pre-eminent psychologist, Mihaly Csikszenthihalyi’s, famous inquiries into the psychology of ‘optimal experience’ have reshaped the way in which many disciplines – from sport to business management – look at concentration. His theory has explored a deeply satisfying state of consciousness, which he calls flow. I believe that this theory has much to offer to […]

Montessori, Darwin and Telling The New Story Of Evolution

by David Loye In the beginning there was the Domination System and the Organism. Then the Love System entered life and meaningful Evolution began… This is the disarming and I hope engaging way my telling of the new story of the new story of evolution begins. Behind it lies a long unknown connection between the […]

Adolescence Without Tears – The Montessori High School

Adolescence Without Tears – The Montessori High School

Adolescence Without Tears – The Montessori High School A special issue from Tomorrow’s Child. Adolescence is the middle ground between childhood and the world of adults. Teenagers are neither child nor adult. One minute they are one, next the other. Their bodies are growing overnight, and as sudden spurts of growth begin, they often become […]

Classroom Management in a Nutshell

Classroom Management in a Nutshell

Here is a brief refresher on classroom management. Remember to use Humor and Drama. No “sh”ushing the children!!! Sing a quiet song, ring the bell to “practice” quiet, hold ten fingers up and ask for silence until each finger is down- so you can “remember” what quiet sounds like, have a child walk around with […]

Tips to Handle Your Child’s “No” Gracefully

Tips to Handle Your Child’s “No” Gracefully

from Tomorrow’s Child Magazine – May, 2021 | by The Montessori Foundation What You Need to Know There are few words less nerve-wracking than hearing your child say “no” to you. Rest assured, your child is very normal. If she asserts herself with a “no,” you can pat yourself on the back. You have not […]