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As an educator and parent, I saw a need for children to have an outlet to explore and develop emotional and social sensitivity. Wae created ClayMatesTM in a direct response to this need as we now live in an age of overwhelming distractions from media, technology, and entertainment, we see a generation of children who […]
The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

The Wide-open World of ClayMates Creating Conversations That Count

As an educator and parent, I saw a need for children to have an outlet to explore and develop emotional and social sensitivity. Wae created ClayMatesTM in a direct response to this need as we now live in an age of overwhelming distractions from media, technology, and entertainment, we see a generation of children who […]

The Child’s Power of Love

The Child’s Power of Love

The experience of authentic, unconditional love differs from romantic and other types of love. Unconditional love is not based on possessing or acquiring. When we know this love, we experience personal and universal peace. And while this love is observed and discussed repeatedly by the world’s great teachers, we seldom consider how this love also emanates […]

DERS / MEFS OPPORTUNITY

DERS / MEFS OPPORTUNITY

Dear IMC Members, The International Montessori Council (IMC) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to our member schools. We are developing a consortium of schools in partnership with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS). IMC member schools who agree to participate in this research-based project will benefit in a variety […]

A Montessori Research Initiative

Greetings Montessori Colleagues, One of the many challenges we face as Montessori educators is that of clearly communicating our message to parents in order to offer them an opportunity to understand and appreciate what we offer to children. With that in mind, AMI undertook a research initiative so that we might better understand what parents […]

The Cultured Child

The Cultured Child

“You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I or you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.” —Strickland Gillian Cuddling up with my mother and being read to by her is probably one of my most favorite memories of my childhood; and well […]

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 […]

Polishing the Penny Revisited: Studying Roman Coins in the Timeline of Man

Polishing the Penny Revisited: Studying Roman Coins in the Timeline of Man

The study of ancient civilizations is an important part of elementary education, both within the context of the Montessori timeline of man and elsewhere. Children at this age love learning about ancient civilizations; but despite this, still, often perceive them as abstractions. For several years now, Westminster School has incorporated a lab activity for their […]

The Power of Story Time

The Power of Story Time

Storytime provides many extraordinary benefits for children and is often a classroom favorite, while we as educators are pleased to watch children develop their imagination, vocabulary, and reading skills. Perhaps, the most memorable aspect of story time is the way that the atmosphere in the classroom softens as silence and excitement arise and a warm […]

Push Me, Pull You: What Role Should Parents Play in Advancing Their Child’s Education?

Push Me, Pull You: What Role Should Parents Play in Advancing Their Child’s Education?

A Pushmi-pullyu is a mythical animal created by Hugh Lofting in his children’s stories, a gazelle-unicorn cross, that has two heads at opposing ends of its body and, therefore, can’t make up its mind about which way to go. In past decades, sociologists report that, on average, parents didn’t spend as much time thinking about […]

A Better Way to Promote Montessori in the USA

A Better Way to Promote Montessori in the USA

A Great Opportunity Recent research shows that parents in the United States are very interested in developmental education that builds a child’s capability to become a fulfilled and productive adult who contributes to the world—at home, at work, and in their community. Montessori is often seen as the gold standard for such education, presenting us […]

The Child’s Power of Love

The Child’s Power of Love

The experience of authentic, unconditional love differs from romantic and other types of love. Unconditional love is not based on possessing or acquiring (Valentine. M. Love Is the Way). When we know this love, we experience personal and universal peace. And while this love is observed and discussed repeatedly by the world’s great teachers, we […]