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Webinar:  How to Teach Your Child a New Skill

Webinar: How to Teach Your Child a New Skill

Jonathan Wolff shares ideas and insights for parents when teaching children new skills at home. Whether it’s how to fold the laundry, set the table or comb their hair, Jonathan offers parents helpful suggestions that are in alignment with how Montessori teachers present new lessons at school.  

Dear Cathie: Art In The Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: Art In The Montessori Classroom

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 […]

Self-Construction, Construction, and Reconstruction: The Child, The School, and The World

Self-Construction, Construction, and Reconstruction: The Child, The School, and The World

have been walking the children down to the Wild Area below the soccer field this week, and telling them that right where we are standing, a road is to be built. I point to the existing parking lot, and then to the green gate, and I tell them that the first change they will see […]

Webcast: What is Montessori Curriculum: Is There Such a Thing? Part 3

Webcast: What is Montessori Curriculum: Is There Such a Thing? Part 3

What is curriculum? Does Montessori even have one? How does it work? Dr. Michael Dorer wraps up this three-part series on Curriculum by looking at these seminal questions. Together, we will then unpack curriculum jargon, and clarify what it does. While focusing on the Children’s House and Elementary, Michael will also touch on curriculum from […]

Dear Cathie: Allowing Children To  Concentrate

Dear Cathie: Allowing Children To Concentrate

Dear Cathie:  I like lots of parts of the Montessori system. But I am confused about why children are supposed to be quiet and calm all the time. When I watch my children at home, they seem to need to scream, run, and jump almost constantly. It seems that the Montessori schools go against what […]

Montessori 101: What Do All These Terms Really Mean?

Montessori 101: What Do All These Terms Really Mean?

y now your Montessori child has settled into a routine and joyfully approaches each new day at school. You’ve attended some parent nights and open houses. The Montessori guides are reporting their earliest observations of your child, using terms that are new to your ear. How do they translate into layman’s terms and what place […]

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 […]

Wikipedia on Entrepreneurs

Wikipedia on Entrepreneurs

nnovative entrepreneurs may be more likely to experience what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls flow. “Flow” occurs when an individual forgets about the outside world due to being thoroughly engaged in a process or activity. Csikszentmihalyi suggested that breakthrough innovations tend to occur at the hands of individuals in that state. Other research has concluded that a strong internal motivation is […]

Webcast: Dispelling Misperceptions about Montessori and Attaining Common Ground with Public Schools

Webcast: Dispelling Misperceptions about Montessori and Attaining Common Ground with Public Schools

This week our guests on our Montessori Leadership Webcast were Dr. Shirlinda (Cindy) Acker and Christine Lowry M.Ed. They discussed Cindy’s research on Dispelling Misperceptions about Montessori and Attaining Common Ground with Public Schools. Communicating Clearly & Effectively Montessori education has not been recognized as a viable educational option due to misunderstandings and perceptions about […]

Helping and Empowering Refugee Women To Become Montessori Teachers

Helping and Empowering Refugee Women To Become Montessori Teachers

his is a story of hope emerging from the chaos in Syria. Syria has the worst refugee crisis of our generation. According to the United Nations’ figures, there are 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance. Within Syria, there are 6 million displaced, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside Syria. A number of countries welcomed […]

Language Immersion At Montessori Casa International

Language Immersion At Montessori Casa International

common misperception is that exposure to multiple languages causes brain confusion and leads to delayed speech and literacy in young children. In reality, however, a bilingual environment fosters cognitive development and increases creativity, concentration, productivity, and problem-solving skills. As early as the womb, humans are able to distinguish between multiple languages and are able to […]

Woodshop Occupation:  Real Work, Real Meaning

Woodshop Occupation: Real Work, Real Meaning

ast year, I found myself supervising students using a circular saw. They were excited and nervous about using the tool, but it was the natural next step for our occupation work, and we talked about precautions, tips, and tricks before we began practicing with scraps of wood in preparation for our necessary cuts. Some students […]