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Montessori in Haiti

NOTE: Earthquakes in Haiti has focussed the attention of the world on this unfortunate country. What is relatively unknown is that German businessman and philanthropist, Peter Hesse, has been successfully establishing Montessori schools in Haiti for almost thirty years. This is his story. Early Beginnings: n December 1980, I visited Haiti for the first time. […]

Discipline Alternatives for the Montessori Classroom and Home

ny parents and teachers, and some Montessori Directresses, make use of “time out” as a means of compelling children to behave in a certain way. Sometimes, the child is required to sit on a specific chair. Sometimes this is called a “thinking chair,” and the child is instructed to think about what he has done. […]

Stop! Look! Listen!

Stop! Look! Listen!

n effective, yet, counter-intuitive teaching and parenting suggestion took me a while to understand and put into use. The idea? “Don’t just do something – stand there.” Our first inclination when we see things that we think we need to stop is to jump right in and fix it. One of the interesting discoveries of […]

The Dilemma of Childcare

The Dilemma of Childcare

hoosing day care is a particularly hard venture, whether you are a first-time parent or a parent several times over. Not only is it expensive, but it also is a choice as to what is the best solution for their child.  No matter what the ultimate choice, parents hope that their children will be welcomed […]

What We Are (as Montessori educators and parents) to do with this new reality?

What We Are (as Montessori educators and parents) to do with this new reality?

  “Digital Natives”  e now live in an ever-changing future, and our Montessori goals are necessary preparations for children who need to learn how to adapt.We’ve been citizens in this kind of future for some time, and I suggest this one is different from other  changing  futures,  such as  the  agricultural  revolution  or the  industrial […]

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Overview Shem Al Nessem (or “Smell the Breezes”) is an old Egyptian spring festival. It is a happy holiday that goes back to the days of the pharaohs. It is also an Egyptian national holiday. It is celebrated on the Monday following Easter. It starts very early in the morning. Whoever wakes up first can […]

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

Overview Africa is a continent of tremendous diversity of environments and peoples.  However, in planning an African celebration, it is particularly appropriate to celebrate an African harvest festival. Farmers in Africa have to face long and terrible droughts in some areas, so a harvest festival is most meaningful to them. Of course, not all regions […]

Research for the Montessori Classroom

very year we receive more and more inquires about formal research evidence that validates Montessori’s effectiveness. More than two hundred studies have been published about the long-term academic and social development of children who attended Montessori schools in the United States. However, educational research is not often taken seriously by scientists. What do we really […]

The Games We Play

chools are strange places, don’t you think? We gather children together in this homogenous group, which in no way represents the diversity of real life (we divide them by age, and sometimes even by ability or gender), and then require an adult to make them do things that they don’t want to do “for their […]

Oh No, You Didn’t Say That!

Oh No, You Didn’t Say That!

  icture yourself in this situation. You notice a child wandering around the Montessori classroom. It seems that she has been on the move for quite a while, without finding any constructive work. You decide that it is time to intervene. When you approach her, which of following do you say? Would you like to […]

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, […]

When Bad things Happen: What to Say to children

When Bad things Happen: What to Say to children

“… We are confronted with having to explain atrocities which we struggle to understand ourselves. We are often at a loss to explain the inexplicable …” n the shadows of some of our nation’s recent and catastrophic tragedies (the massacre at Columbine High School nearly fourteen years ago, the murder of five Pennsylvania Amish girls […]