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Setting Limits and Making Them Stick!

Setting Limits and Making Them Stick!

Do you set limits and then give in? Are you not sure how to set limits? In this session you will learn: • An easy 6 step process to set limits. • How to not crumble after you set the limit. • How to follow through in a way that your child feels understood and […]

Montessori and STEAM Education

Montessori and STEAM Education

In this session Sue Fitzpatrick discusses each of the six interconnected components of STEM that in 2016 the US Department of Education described as key to putting the program into classrooms. She gives actual photos and examples of Montessori students in action for each of the components. Participants will go away with lots more information […]

Spotlight On School Accreditation Commissioners

Spotlight On School Accreditation Commissioners

The IMC is very proud of the group of Montessori professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to our organization. Without them, we would not be able to provide the opportunity to our school members to become IMC accredited schools. In each issue we will “spotlight” each one of the seven commissioners so that you […]

Montessori & Advocacy

Montessori & Advocacy

 A new year full of hope, great ideas, resolutions, and goal setting. And a looking back over the past year. Were there licensing rules and regulations that caused you to compromise your Montessori ideals? Maybe having to limit the size of your group, too much dependence on age rather than developmental level, materials you couldn’t […]

We Are Pleased To Announce That Tanya Ryskind, J.d. Will Be Joining NewGate School In July As Associate Head Of School

We Are Pleased To Announce That Tanya Ryskind, J.d. Will Be Joining NewGate School In July As Associate Head Of School

Montessori Foundation’s Lab school hires new Associate Head of School Recently, the Montessori Foundation had the opportunity to engage in a search for an AHOS for the NewGate School (NGS) in Sarasota, Florida. While this is a service we often coach schools through, we don’t often have the need to do it for our lab […]

Congratulations To Pines Montessori On Becoming An IMC Accredited School

Congratulations To Pines Montessori On Becoming An IMC Accredited School

In March of 1977, a group of families formed The Kingwood Montessori Foundation. The school was originally organized as a for-profit primary school in a rented space in a shopping center in Kingwood, TX. In 1983, Pines Montessori School was offered the opportunity to purchase the property where it currently resides, also in Kingwood. The […]

Open Mind Open Heart

Open Mind Open Heart

From my first observation in a Montessori classroom, I recognized how consistent it was with much about my field of special education. Up to that point, I had worked in a variety of settings from a public-school program to an in-patient psychiatric unit and with children from four to seventeen years of age. It immediately […]

Blaze The Trail: The Spiritual Transformation of a Montessori Guide

Blaze The Trail: The Spiritual Transformation of a Montessori Guide

Why do we do what we do? No, really…why? Administration, staff, and teaching faculty dedicate their lives to this work; it is like a room full of fanatics when fellow Montessorians get together. Montessori is a lifelong journey, and it takes time, reflection, and guidance. Our passion is very real, but what is at the […]

Value and Values of Montessori in the 21st Century

Value and Values of Montessori in the 21st Century

What kinds of life skills will your child need to be successful – happy, healthy, and productive – in the 21st century? Beyond facts, figures, and formulas, what will young people need to know to find their way and make their mark in a world which increasingly demands higher order thinking, social intelligence, and self-organizing […]

Children Learn Best When Parents Learn With Them

Children Learn Best When Parents Learn With Them

I used to think that our school’s mission was solely about each student and his/her learning; now I know that our mission also includes the parent as a learner. My personal journey from “I used to think…but now I know” occurred through observation and research during my 30 years in leadership at Kingsley Montessori in […]

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

The Montessori Difference: Understanding Its Essential Elements

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior.” (Montessori, 1988, p.202) Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration is the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major […]

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

Arithmetic In The Elementary Montessori Years: An Overview Focusing on the Lower Elementary Years

In the Montessori program, mathematics is introduced to children as a world of wonder. Properly offered by Montessori guides, mathematical concepts should generate great enthusiasm in children. With just a few numbers at their command, children discover mathematical procedures, algorithms, formulas, and geometrical figures. Mathematics also serves our needs when we need to ask: How […]