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Thoughts on the New Year

Thoughts on the New Year

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” —Mother Teresa Out with the old; in with the new—year, that is. What will be different this year, this week, this day, or this moment? If you feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and, like Alice, […]

Cultivating Peace in the Montessori Lessons In Grace And Courtesy

Cultivating Peace in the Montessori Lessons In Grace And Courtesy

If we are to teach real peace in this world…we shall have to begin with the children. —Mahatma Gandhi Montessori education has been referred to as “peace education”; Montessorian Sonnie McFarland calls peace education a “Montessori best practice” (Montessori Life, January 2005); and even Gandhi praised Montessori’s approach to world peace. So, how is peace […]

The Emotionally Healthy Classroom

The Emotionally Healthy Classroom

“It is our responsibility to learn to become emotionally intelligent. These are skills. They’re not easy. Nature didn’t give them to us. We have to learn them.”  —Paul Ekman Children today are more emotional, strong-willed, and reactive than ever before. They have big feelings and oftentimes don’t yet know how to constructively release them. Of […]

Webinar: Montessori Family Life Series of Weekly Talks for Parents: Grandparenting

Self-Calming and Learning Styles – Part 1

How many times have you heard an adult say to an upset child, “Calm down,” “Just relax,” or “Pull yourself together. It’s not so bad”? Children are not born knowing how to calm themselves when they get emotional. Self-regulating our emotions is a skill to be learned. In part 1, Lorna will define learning styles […]

Montessori Students for Peace

Montessori Students for Peace

I wanted you to know that our students sent this email to Montessori elementary schools across the nation on the day that students nationwide did a ‘walk out.’ I asked them to think of something else that they could do rather than a walkout, and this is what they shared. Dear Montessori Students,  “I will […]

Reflections on Community

This was to be the last in a series of three articles on Advocacy. Instead, it is an article on the power of community and the passion and commitment that leads to action. This is true grassroots advocacy. MARCH FOR OUR LIVES March 24, 2018, Washington, DC and 800 other cities around the world Reflections: […]

Webcast: The Power Of Individualized Leadership Practicing Personalized Acts

Building a Culture of Peace

Join Dr. Michael Dorer as he shares his unique insights on peace in education. Education for peace is essential for building a culture of peace. How can peace become an essential part of your Montessori experience? Everyday practices and regular attention on activities of peace can establish a community of peace in every Montessori classroom, […]

Reflections On Community

Reflections On Community

This was to be the last in a series of three articles on Advocacy. Instead, it is an article on the power of community and the passion and commitment that leads to action. This is true grassroots advocacy. MARCH FOR OUR LIVES March 24, 2018, Washington, DC and 800 other cities around the world Reflections: […]

Montessori Students for Peace

Montessori Students for Peace

I wanted you to know that our students sent this email to Montessori elementary schools across the nation on the day that students nationwide did a ‘walk out.’ I asked them to think of something else that they could do rather than a walkout, and this is what they shared. Dear Montessori Students,  “I will […]

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 […]