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Why Our Montessori Classrooms Are Computer Free

      omputers have opened up all sorts of educational opportunities in the last twenty years. Any student pursuing research, from first grade through graduate school, needs to have access to the internet, encyclopedias on CD rom, library data bases, and word processing. Most communications in universities and much of that in the professional […]

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Webinar:  Language II / Sandpaper Letters

Webinar: Language II / Sandpaper Letters

Sandpaper Letters are one of the top three materials used in the Language area of the 3-6 classroom for supporting children’s learning to associate the sight, sound, and shape of the letters in the English alphabet. They are a brilliantly designed multi-sensory material used in conjunction with the Three Period Lesson to assist young children […]

Webinar: Language III / Moveable Alphabet

Webinar: Language III / Moveable Alphabet

This is the third in a series of talks about the essential Montessori language materials. Tune in to find out more about what the purpose of the Moveable Alphabet is and how we use it in our classrooms. Montessori said that children can write before they read.

Montessori Helps Dad Recover / One Family’s Story

n November of 1974, young father and husband Herk Exline was just launching into a career in the family printing business, and the dreams of a parent of a blossoming ten-month-old daughter who was the “apple of his eye.” His wife, Kris, had just learned that they would be having a second child in June. […]

Coming Together / Community Service

Economic Struggles Unite a Soup Kitchen, Market, Social Services, & Montessori to Serve a Community in Need Community Montessori School Ft. Myers, Florida everal years ago I met a young Montessori teacher at one of our international conferences. I often keep in touch with many such people because I love hearing about what they are up […]

Bringing Montessori Home / The Town Game

The Town Game This is a wonderful activity for either the classroom or home. It helps children learn how to read a map, follow directions, and practice their reading. Materials: Provide a large piece of heavy-grade vinyl (thick enough that it lays flat but can still be rolled up like a rug). On this sheet […]

Those Mysterious Montessori Materials:  Golden Beads & the Stamp Game

Those Mysterious Montessori Materials: Golden Beads & the Stamp Game

  ontessori children work with hands-on learning materials that make abstract concepts clear and concrete. The materials allow young students to develop a clear inner image of concepts in mathematics, such as value and the ability to conceptualize how big a thousand is, what we mean when we refer to the ‘hundreds’ column, and what […]

The Bead Cabinet

The Bead Cabinet

  focal point in every Montessori classroom is the shimmering display of multicolor beaded chains hanging in a custom wooden cabinet. Adult visitors always notice it, wanting to reach out, to feel and hold the strands: they are that compelling. And it’s no different with children: they, too, are attracted to these gleaming chains, squares, […]

Dear Cathie: The Price of Montessori

Dear Cathie: The Price of Montessori

Dear Cathie, We are starting to look at schools for our child who will be three years old this summer.  While we are drawn to the Montessori Schools we have visited and the activities we see there, we are finding the price quite off setting. Can you make any justification for the price of a preschool education?  Also we see such […]

Montessori: Timeless and Classical

Montessori: Timeless and Classical

omewhere along the way, some talented spin doctors convinced us all that desks in rows, subject-specific textbooks that fail to make connections between academic disciplines, large numbers of children in age-specific groups, highly defined short time periods for subject-matter study, rote learning, and adult-centered teaching constitute “traditional” education. I object, vigorously and vociferously. If adult-centered, […]