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World-Class Montessori Schools Commitment to Excellence

World-Class Montessori Schools Commitment to Excellence

Over the past decades, a constantly growing number of schools have approached the Montessori Foundation ready, willing, and anxious to begin the journey from being simply good Montessori schools to becoming great ones. We have called this process Building a...
IB Is Something I Never Expected I Would End Up Doing

IB Is Something I Never Expected I Would End Up Doing

by Madison Dodd, NewGate Student I have always pursued alternative education, whether that be through Montessori, Waldorf, or homeschool. Therefore, it was a shock to me to think that I would be involved in a program so widely recognized across all types of schools. I...
Preparing an Early Childhood Learning Environment

Preparing an Early Childhood Learning Environment

  Editor’s Note: We know that the authors of this article really meant it to help teachers remember how important setting up children’s environments is to maximize the potential of each child at each stage during the early childhood years. However, because of how...
If iPad Will I Touch Tablets? Montessori and Technology

If iPad Will I Touch Tablets? Montessori and Technology

What are we (as Montessori educators and parents) to do with this new reality? What will Montessori be in an ever-changing future?   We 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 […]

List of Recommended Montessori Materials: Age 3 to 6

List of Recommended Montessori Materials: Age 3 to 6

This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file with a detailed list of the Montessori materials recommended by the Montessori Foundation for an early childhood (ages 2 1/2 to 6) class. Download File

Peacemaking Circles

Peacemaking Circles

Montessorians are familiar with the daily “Circle” and use this important practice for starting or closing the day, but the Peacemaking Circle or Conferencing approach has become part of restorative practices in schools, workplaces, prisons, and Court systems around the country and throughout the world. Based on ancient practices of aboriginal peoples, this approach creates […]

Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori

Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori

Download PDF of Article: Workbooks – Is there a place for them in Authentic Montessori Education?

How Do We Judge Success?

How Do We Judge Success?

It seems to me that independent, scientific proof of the success of the Montessori approach will do a lot of good for Montessori Schools — but it carries inherent dangers as well. When we judge whether something is effective or successful, we need to consider that definition of success in the context of our goals. […]

Refining your Marketing Message: Points to Ponder

Refining your Marketing Message: Points to Ponder

Refining your Marketing Message: Points to Ponder was published in the June 2006 issue of Montessori Leadership By Jake Mortensen Marketing your school can seem like an immense undertaking, but it does not have to be. Even a little marketing can go a long way if you approach it correctly, with a good strategy being […]

Toward Best Practice: The Exercises of Practical Life

Toward Best Practice: The Exercises of Practical Life

By Tim Seldin and Jonathan Wolff The exercises in Practical Life are the very heart of Montessori education. As young children wash tables, pour liquids, polish silver, sweep and dust, they are developing the inner aptitudes of calmness, order, concentration, coordination, and fine motor skills. At the same time, through the process of learning to […]

Why Montessori Education Needs Health Education

By Dr. Bonny Olney If you attended public school growing up, you all remember “the film” we watched in fourth grade, boys in one room and girls in another. For us girls it was all about female anatomy and this complicated graph of the menstrual cycle. (I also remember being pulled out and disciplined for […]

Montessori, Darwin and Telling The New Story Of Evolution

by David Loye In the beginning there was the Domination System and the Organism. Then the Love System entered life and meaningful Evolution began… This is the disarming and I hope engaging way my telling of the new story of the new story of evolution begins. Behind it lies a long unknown connection between the […]

Imaginary Island Studies

Imaginary Island Studies

By Tim Seldin This is an excerpt from the Second Edition of The World In The Palm Of Her Hand. The Imaginary Island Project was developed by my friend, Harvey Hallenberg, and introduced to the Montessori community in the 1980s through the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland, which we co-founded. In […]