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The Effects of the Physical Environment on Children’s Development

The Effects of the Physical Environment on Children’s Development

Editorial Comment: Although this article is aimed at parents, we asked for permission to reprint in Montessori Leadership because of the important research it contains. Montessori classes are generally far quieter than regular classes, and now we have the research that explains how beneficial that simple aspect really is. ornell University environmental and developmental psychologist […]

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Hitch your wagon to a star — Emerson “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are.” he words above were the opening lines of Jane Taylor’s classic work The Star (1806). Famous today as a nursery rhyme and song, Taylor’s timeless poem refers to the twinkling stars high above us. Fascinating stars also […]

Montessori Education & Learning in Living Systems

Montessori Education & Learning in Living Systems

have been blessed. Not only have I had the opportunity to find a wonderful approach to education for my children, but I have also discovered an education for myself, after years of searching for meaning and context for my own life. Grateful am I for the chance to ponder the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, […]

Early Literacy in the Montessori Toddler Setting: Supporting Learning through the Sensitive Periods

Early Literacy in the Montessori Toddler Setting: Supporting Learning through the Sensitive Periods

he room is lovely. A large window looks out onto a set of gardens. The hardwood floors glisten, and the room is painted in soft, neutral colors. The palate of the room is simple: child-sized furniture, bookshelves, tables, and work areas. In a corner of the room is a soft, comfortable children’s chair with pillows […]

Understanding Curriculum: Why It Is Important To Have an Understanding  of Curriculum Theory in the Montessori Context

Understanding Curriculum: Why It Is Important To Have an Understanding of Curriculum Theory in the Montessori Context

There is widespread confusion about the meaning of the word “curriculum.” ne’s approach to curriculum reflects one’s perceptions, values, and knowledge. A curriculum approach reflects a holistic position or a meta-orientation, encompassing curriculum’s foundations (a person’s philosophy, view of history, view of psychology and learning theory, and view of social issues), curriculum domains (common, important […]

The Benefits of Teaching Cursive in Montessori

The Benefits of Teaching Cursive in Montessori

ontessori continues to teach cursive handwriting, even in this digital age, and discussions about the best ways to integrate technology (or not) into Montessori are ongoing. The question of teaching cursive writing comes up a lot, from parents, other educators, and within the Montessori community itself. I thought I’d take a look at what Maria […]

Authentic Montessori: The Teacher Makes the Difference

Authentic Montessori: The Teacher Makes the Difference

  he classroom was out of control. Children ran from one end of the room to the other. Teachers chased students around reminding them of the ground rules, but which always fell on deaf ears. The children responded to each other and their teachers rudely in speech and action (often hitting). Teachers regularly (at least […]

Sunrise Kidz: Montessori In Vietnam

Sunrise Kidz: Montessori In Vietnam

  elcome to Sunrise Kidz kindergarten!” Those were my first words upon seeing Ms Sharon at our purpose-built, five-story, head office and kindergarten center in the new city center of Hanoi, Vietnam in June 2012. Sunrise Kidz had invited Sharon Caldwell, from the Montessori Foundation, to come to Hanoi for a program of in-house professional […]

Our ‘Live-In’ Experience / Bogor Montessori / Indonesia

Our ‘Live-In’ Experience / Bogor Montessori / Indonesia

  i! We are the secondary students of Bogor Montessori School, the first Secondary Montessori school in Indonesia. We would like to share our ‘Live-In’ experience in Jogjakarta. Every academic year, we have a ‘Live-In’ program. During a Live In, the students stay in a house and follow the routines of our foster parents according […]

Kalimantan / International Secondary Studies

Kalimantan / International Secondary Studies

Introduction:  Why would Montessori Leadership be publishing two articles by middle and high school students? These articles grew out of discussions I had with the students of two schools in Indonesia: Jakarta Montessori School and Bogor Montessori School. I was in Indonesia for a Conference hosted by the Indonesian Montessori Society and met the students […]

Using Professional Tools To Evaluate & Guide Programs

Using Professional Tools To Evaluate & Guide Programs

e all want to improve our schools and programs, in addition to keeping our schools running smoothly and taking care of day-to-day operations. Administrators may find it challenging to clearly identify key areas in their programs to improve and the steps to take towards progress. We may know what areas are in need of support […]

Actively Creating Diversity in Montessori Schools In America

Actively Creating Diversity in Montessori Schools In America

ostering diversity is an ongoing process. We may not have control over who enrolls in our schools,but it is imperative that we make every effort to ensure all families feel welcome in our schools and cultivate a peaceful relationship with all peoples in the world. Our school is not diverse racially, nor even socioeconomically. Our […]

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