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Why Montessori Kindergarteners Outsmart and Outshine Kids in Traditional Programs

Why Montessori Kindergarteners Outsmart and Outshine Kids in Traditional Programs

Why Montessori Kindergarteners Outsmart and Outshine Kids in Traditional Public and Private School Programs ~ Persuading Parents to Stay for the 3rd Year” Join Jonathan Wolff and Kathy Leitch as we discuss the importance of the completion of the 3-year cycle. We all know how important retention is to each student, the classroom, and our schools. How do we effectively convey the benefits to our parents […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Webcast: Do You Wish You Could Have a Parenting Instructor at Your School? 

Webcast: Do You Wish You Could Have a Parenting Instructor at Your School? 

This week Lorna McGrath, Coordinator of the Montessori Family Alliance, talked with us about the importance of ongoing parenting education courses (separate and in addition to any Montessori workshops you run for parents). “If you help parents learn how to create a peaceful home, they will be eternally grateful to you and your school.” Are […]

Modern Day Stresses

Modern Day Stresses

Do you worry when your child goes to a sleepover so you call her several times that evening? Do you stress about whether you’ve made the right choice of schools? Are you fearful about whether your child will be safe if you are not right there with him? Are you anxious that you’re not doing […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Sensory Perception

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Sensory Perception

The Pink Tower(left) is one of the Sensorial materials that children enjoy working with early in their Montessori experience. The Pink Tower, or Tower of Cubes, is composed of a graduated series of ten wooden cubes. The largest cube has a square section of 10 centimeters per side and is 10 centimeters high. Thus, it […]

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 […]

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Practical Life Skills

A Tour of a Montessori Classroom: Lessons in Practical Life Skills

Developing new skills that will enable us to live full and productive lives is something that all of us encounter throughout the years. It’s not just a process for the very young. Think about the last time you started a new job, took up a new hobby, moved to a new city, upgraded your computer’s […]

Montessori is Much More Than the Materials or the Name

Montessori is Much More Than the Materials or the Name

The following very brief introduction was prepared by Tim Seldin, President of The Montessori Foundation during his years as Headmaster of The Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland (1971-1993). Montessori schools are designed to prepare children both for university and for life. There are three key ideas that are central to the mission as a […]

A Guided Tour of the Early Childhood & Elementary Montessori Classrooms: Part One – A Prepared Environment

A Guided Tour of the Early Childhood & Elementary Montessori Classrooms: Part One – A Prepared Environment

The different faces of Montessori’s prepared environment   Before children enter a Montessori classroom on the first day of school each year, Montessori teachers have spent many hours preparing the environment. Materials that were carefully stored in boxes during vacation time are brought out and unwrapped. Wooden shelves that were stacked in the far corner […]

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