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Book Review: Montessori for Every Family: A guide for living, loving and learning

Book Review: Montessori for Every Family: A guide for living, loving and learning

Montessori for Every Family: A practical parenting guide to living, loving, and learning by Tim Seldin and Lorna McGrath     Montessori For Every Family: A practical parenting guide to living, loving, and learning by Tim Seldin and Lorna McGrath is the picture-perfect...
Psychologist vs Mom- How Do Montessori Teachers Do It?

Psychologist vs Mom- How Do Montessori Teachers Do It?

Montessori Teachers: How DO they do it? I’m sitting at home right now, drinking my second coffee of the day. My two boys have finally given in and are taking naps (at the same time!), and all is right with the world. It is a snow day, and this morning, when I saw the cancellation […]

Teacher perceptions of family priorities and stressors

Teacher perceptions of family priorities and stressors

This is an ongoing research project. Participants participated in a survey as part of the experience as well and Ann will share her findings once compiled and analyzed! While teachers are able to predict family priorities and stressors to some degree, they also have some mistaken assumptions. For example, teachers think that family issues (such […]

Montessori and Letter Grades – Philosophically Incompatible

Montessori and Letter Grades – Philosophically Incompatible

We are often asked by Montessori teachers and parents, ‘when do most Montessori schools start incorporating letter grades, if ever?’ When teachers assign letter or numerical grades, they are evaluating children either against the other students in the same class, or against an arbitrary external standard and set of expectations. As Alfie Kohn and many […]

Sequence to Provide Structure, Feedback, and Accountability for a Montessori Program

Sequence to Provide Structure, Feedback, and Accountability for a Montessori Program

This article was written in 1996. Our current practice is somewhat different, but we continue our search for a comfortable balance between freely chosen individually paced work, and a scheme to keep parents informed about what their children are doing in school. The article needs to be updated, and will be. These days we use […]

The Importance of the Kindergarten Year

The Importance of the Kindergarten Year

Every year in January, one of us will write an article about the importance of children who are turning five completing the three-year cycle of the Montessori Early Childhood program. We do this because this is a decision that is truly important for any child who has grown up thus far in a Montessori program. […]

The Importance of the Kindergarten Year

Why Have 5-year-olds Stay in Montessori?

It is the week before school starts. I am busy setting up our 3-6 year old classroom, checking for parts of activities, making class lists and acclimating our new assistant. I look at the names of the children and carefully arrange them by age from youngest to oldest as I do each August. I stop, […]

New Directions for Montessori Secondary Education

by Jamie Wheal “Schools as they are today are adapted neither to the needs of adolescence nor to the times in which we live.” –Maria Montessori “College admissions, wrote psychologist Michael Thompson in a recent essay on the subject, “can make normal people act nutty and nutty people act quite crazy.” The pressures of this […]