Kelly Johnson, a Montessori trained elementary guide, artist, author, and nature enthusiast, shares ideas and experiences for young children and their families to do together!
The Genius of Leonardo By Guido Visconti Illustrated by Bimbi Landmann eonardo da Vinci was one of the world’s most talented, brilliant, and ahead-of-his-time individuals in history. Leonardo writes, he draws, he thinks, he invents. Visconti chose to begin and end this book with reprints of pages from Leonardo’s manuscripts, which capture the reader’s attention […]
Editor’s Note: In the January 2016 issue of Tomorrow’s Child’, in the“Dear Cathie” column, a parent expressed concern about opportunities for artistic expression in a child’s Montessori classroom. s I edited this article for print, I couldn’t help mutter to myself: Huh? My Montessori children and grandchildren require a contractor-size, heavy-duty trash bag just to […]
Dear Cathie, My four year-old son loves to cut, color and paste. He can spend hours and hours happily doing just these activities. I wonder if he gets enough opportunity for creative expression at his Montessori school. I know children are encouraged to repeat the exercises they have had lessons on, but do they ever […]
Hitch your wagon to a star — Emerson “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are.” he words above were the opening lines of Jane Taylor’s classic work The Star (1806). Famous today as a nursery rhyme and song, Taylor’s timeless poem refers to the twinkling stars high above us. Fascinating stars also […]
eflecting on the Montessori concept of “follow the child,” which was the main theme of The Montessori Foundation’s 20th Annual International Conference. I found that it was an invitation to rediscover the child, understand his nature, and encourage him to explore his inner potentials, without interventions to shape him according to our own desires and […]
THE INSPIRATION ust outside the art studio, fall was filling the hearts and minds of my elementary students. Many of them would collect the fallen leaves, pine cones, and seeds and bring me their treasures. Lining them up on my nature shelf, they were fascinated by the colors, shapes, and even the smells of them! […]
incent Van Gogh’s bedroom in the Yellow House in Arles, with its bed pressed into the corner of a sky blue room, a table with bottles and pitchers, clothes hanging on hooks and paintings adorning the walls, has hung in our classroom at Montessori Casa International from the time we opened our doors. We had […]