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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 […]

Webcast: Parent Ambassador Programs  that Build Stronger School Communities

Webcast: Parent Ambassador Programs that Build Stronger School Communities

On December 13th, 2017, Tim Seldin led a conversation on the topic of one aspect of creating deeper parent engagement through a Parent Ambassador program.   A Parent Ambassador is any parent who gives his or her time and talent to support the efforts of the school in welcoming new parents, providing a current parent‘s […]

Nutritionist Jan’s  Brainy Breakfast for Kids

Nutritionist Jan’s Brainy Breakfast for Kids

hen I began my career as a Montessori educator decades ago, I had no idea that what a child ate (or didn’t eat) for breakfast could dictate the difference between inattention, chaos, grumpiness, status quo, and excellence in classroom achievement. Nor did I know that my students would inspire me to change careers. Attention, learning, […]

Helping and Empowering Refugee Women To Become Montessori Teachers

Helping and Empowering Refugee Women To Become Montessori Teachers

his is a story of hope emerging from the chaos in Syria. Syria has the worst refugee crisis of our generation. According to the United Nations’ figures, there are 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance. Within Syria, there are 6 million displaced, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside Syria. A number of countries welcomed […]

Webinar: Nature Journaling with Families

Webinar: Nature Journaling with Families

Kelly Johnson is an expert on connecting families and nature. From her experience as a Montessori teacher she has developed activities for families to create nature journals to carry with them and record their observations, explorations, and drawings.

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 […]

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