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The Power of Story Time

The Power of Story Time

Storytime provides many extraordinary benefits for children and is often a classroom favorite, while we as educators are pleased to watch children develop their imagination, vocabulary, and reading skills. Perhaps, the most memorable aspect of story time is the way that the atmosphere in the classroom softens as silence and excitement arise and a warm […]

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 […]

Summer Ideas

Summer Ideas

Are you wondering how to keep your child not only busy during the summer months when school is out, but also keep her learning? Are you worried that if your child is not enrolled in a summer program called “Little Genius’s” or the Center for Brighter Children that your child will be behind when he […]

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 […]

Toddlers International Pre-School

Toddlers International Pre-School

NOTE: This is a peak into a developing Montessori school in Nepal in their own words. You may find things in this school that are similar to your school and others that sound distinctly different. There are many threads within the Montessori tapestry. About the School: Toddlers International Pre-School was established in 2012. aiming for […]

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:  Love That Dog

Book Review: Love That Dog

Love That DogBy Sharon Creech his book would be great for ages eight to twelve. The book is written like a journal. It is in the boy’s point of view. He is in an elementary class and the class is doing a unit on poetry. Jack’s teacher reads poetry to the class. He thinks it’s […]

Book Review:  Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along

Book Review: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get AlongBy Howard Binkow and 
Reverend Ann
Illustrated by David A. Cutting and Mike Ferrin
Book Design by Jane Darroch Riley
 This story begins with a youngster who is sad about not being invited to a friend’s birthday party, and he begins talking with his very wise grandma about how […]

Book Review:  Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Book Review: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Story by Eric Litwin
Art by James Dean
(creator of Pete the Cat) hat a cute story for young ones! The story writer throws in a song which repeats as the buttons pop, some rhyming, and a little subtraction lesson as well. Oh, and, the lesson: things come and […]

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:  Women in Science

Book Review: Women in Science

Women in ScienceWritten & illustrated
By Rachel Ignotofsky hese are two-page stories of women who were curious, inventive, smart, strong, and determined. They made their way in a field that has been thought of for centuries as a man’s field: Science. They contributed to our world in powerful ways. The illustrations are fascinating and detailed. I […]

Book Review:  My First Baby Signs

Book Review: My First Baby Signs

By Phil Conigliaro and Tae Won Yu his is a sweet little board book that can be read to babies as early as six months old. It has pull tabs to make the signs for eight basic words that babies can use to express their needs and wants often before they can speak. Remember when […]

Book Review: A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon

Book Review: A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon

By Audrey Penn Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson his is a little board book with a whimsical story about a young raccoon who doesn’t want to leave his mommy and go to school. Mom kisses Chester’s palm and tells him that he’ll always have her with him. He can hold his palm to his cheek […]

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 […]

Dear Cathie: Choosing Books For Your Child

Dear Cathie: Choosing Books For Your Child

Dear Cathie, I hear that Montessori schools recommend books that are realistic and do not have talking animals. My preschooler loves books with animals as main characters, and many of these do talk. Is it negative to read such literature to her at this stage of her development? —A CONCERNED PARENT Dear Concerned Parent, I […]