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A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Sensory Perception

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Sensory Perception

The Pink Tower(left) is one of the Sensorial materials that children enjoy working with early in their Montessori experience. The Pink Tower, or Tower of Cubes, is composed of a graduated series of ten wooden cubes. The largest cube has a square section of 10 centimeters per side and is 10 centimeters high. Thus, it […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Grace, Courtesy, & Community Service

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Grace, Courtesy, & Community Service

  Lessons in Grace, Courtesy & Community Service Learning how to work and play together with others, in a peaceful and caring community, is perhaps the most critical life skill that Montessori teaches. Learning how to greet someone graciously is one of the first acts of courtesy learned in the Montessori classroom. Everyday kindness and […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Practical Life Skills

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Practical Life Skills

Developing new skills that will enable us to live full and productive lives is something that all of us encounter throughout the years. It’s not just a process for the very young. Think about the last time you started a new job, took up a new hobby, moved to a new city, upgraded your computer’s […]

Montessori is Much More Than the Materials or the Name

Montessori is Much More Than the Materials or the Name

The following very brief introduction was prepared by Tim Seldin, President of The Montessori Foundation during his years as Headmaster of The Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland (1971-1993). Montessori schools are designed to prepare children both for university and for life. There are three key ideas that are central to the mission as a […]

A Guided Tour of the Early Childhood & Elementary Montessori Classrooms: Part One – A Prepared Environment

A Guided Tour of the Early Childhood & Elementary Montessori Classrooms: Part One – A Prepared Environment

The different faces of Montessori’s prepared environment   Before children enter a Montessori classroom on the first day of school each year, Montessori teachers have spent many hours preparing the environment. Materials that were carefully stored in boxes during vacation time are brought out and unwrapped. Wooden shelves that were stacked in the far corner […]

Buckminster Fuller on Dr. Maria Montessori

Buckminster Fuller on Dr. Maria Montessori

All children are born geniuses; however, 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly and inadvertently, ‘degeniused’ by grown-ups. This happens because human beings are born naked, helpless, and – though superbly equipped cerebrally – utterly lacking in experience, therefore utterly ignorant. Their delicate sensing equipment is, as yet, untried. Born with built-in hunger, thirst, curiosity, […]

Video Interview with NewGate School Montessori high school seniors May 2017 Lorna McGrath

Video Interview with NewGate School Montessori high school seniors May 2017 Lorna McGrath

In May of 2016, Lorna McGrath interviewed six graduating seniors from the NewGate School (the Montessori Foundation’s Lab School in Sarasota, Florida). In this candid and unscripted interview, Lorna leads an interesting conversation with students who grew up in Montessori and some who entered along the way.

Book Review: A Montessori Workbook: Volume 1

Book Review: A Montessori Workbook: Volume 1

A Montessori Workbook: Volume 1 By Dr. Punum Bhatia Dr. Bhatia has created three volumes in this set. She designed these workbooks as a resource for parents of three-to-six-year-olds. Her intention, as she described it to me, was to give parents and children something fun to do during the summer to keep ideas and concepts […]

What Makes Montessori Different?

What Makes Montessori Different?

Montessori schools are not completely different from other schools. Over the last century, Dr. Maria Montessori’s ideas have had a profound and growing influence on education around the world. However, while individual elements of her program are finding their way into more traditional classrooms every year, there is a cumulative impact that we see when […]

The Many Faces of Montessori in North America and Abroad

The Many Faces of Montessori in North America and Abroad

Education is not something that the teacher does. It is a natural process that develops spontaneously. – Maria Montessori There are some six thousand Montessori schools in North America, and it is estimated that there are some twenty thousand schools worldwide. Montessori schools are found throughout Western Europe, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, […]

Webcast: Caring for the Head of School…A Fresh Start for the New Year!

Webcast: Caring for the Head of School…A Fresh Start for the New Year!

On December 20, 2017, Kathy Leitch led a conversation on the topic of “Caring for the Head of School…Fresh Start for the New Year!” Well, we were definitely in full holiday swing! Our question is, as always, how are we keeping yourself centered and sane? We engaged in a discussion about caring for ourselves in the […]

Webinar: Understanding Your Child: Sensitivities During the Elementary Years

Webinar: Understanding Your Child: Sensitivities During the Elementary Years

Webinar – Lorna McGrath and Christine Lowry collaborated to put together this informative webinar about sensitivities during the Elementary Years. Maria Montessori noticed that during each of the developmental stages children had particular interests, particular things that really motivated them, and particular inspirations. In this session the focus is 6-12 years olds and how parents […]