Montessori Life

A quarterly magazine that provides a forum for discussion of issues and ideas in the field of Montessori. In addition, the publication offers the latest society news, events, and opportunities.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 3, Summer

Collaboration: Working Together for Montessori Education
My definition of collaboration is working together toward a common goal, and sharing accountability for the outcomes. Throughout my career, I have been an advocate of this vital process.I often think back on my work at the National Institute for Work...
Counting or Playing?
One day in December, I was fixing the computer at work when the phone rang. I answered it, and was greeted by the parent of a child in my class. We talked about Christmas coming, how annoying it is to go Christmas shopping these days, and laughed at...
For the Love of Children
My respect for Montessori education, and the path that has brought me here today, began in 1960 when I was in college. My introduction to the Montessori philosophy came in the form of a talk given by Nancy McCormick Rambusch at Mount St. Mary's College...
If You Can Talk, You Can Sing
If You Talk, You Can SingIf You Can Walk, You Can Dance-Old Zimbabwean sayingOur intention in writing this article is to dispel any fears and mysteries previously subscribed to about appreciating and creating music. Through simplification and isolation,...
Indiana Jones and the Art of Childrearing
In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones has to traverse a wide and dangerous chasm, one he sees no obvious way to cross. Something he wants desperately, the Holy Grail, is on the other side. If he falters, however, he will fall...
Joy Turner 1939-2005
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Joy Starry Turner on July 11, 2005. Joy was a leader in Montessori education for more than 40 years as well as editor of Montessori Life for 15 years.Joy was predeceased by Charles, her husband of...
Music-A Joyful Connector
In this issue of Montessori Life, we focus on music. If s something that we hear every day, but probably not something many of us devote a lot of serious thought to, unless we're professional musicians. And thaf s finesimply enjoying music can be enough.Early...
Music and Montessori: An Interview with Erica Roach
In each issue of Montessori Life, we speak with and hear from former Montessori students, who share their stories about how their Montessori experience shaped their lives. In keeping with this issue's theme, we spotlight musician Erica Roach. Erica grew...
Music, the Brain, and Education
Music emanates from headphones, accompanies advertisements on television, blares from car speakers, wafts through department stores, elevators, and hospital wards, and now even plays on stereos in classrooms. Certainly, then, we live in a musically active...
Retreat and Tour-Upcoming Heads Section Activities
I am pleased that we are able to offer two great events for heads of schools this year.The first event is Tour de Forte, a bus tour of Montessori schools from New Jersey to Boston, offered Wednesday through Saturday, October 19-22, 2005, during the beautiful...
Teaching Music in a Montessori Fashion: A Vision Realized
I have always dreamed of being a teacher. When I was younger, I felt that teaching was one of the best jobs one could have, especially because it afforded an individual the opportunity to become an inspiration in others' lives. And not only have I become...
The Egg Man and the Empress
"... the mind is a growing affair, and hence is essentially changing, presenting distinctive phases of capacity interests at different periods."-John Dewey"... the safety of democracy depends on the intelligence and independence of the voters. Intelligence...
The Joy of Music
As I walk through the halls of my home school, I am mindful of the role music plays in the Montessori early childhood curriculum. It is evident in the music I hear coming from the rooms, and in what I see taking place inside the rooms. In one room, the...
Why Music?
While most of us agree that music education is a valuable component of children's development, in many classrooms, it nonetheless becomes compartmentalized as "enrichment," separate from the "real work" of the curriculum. Music education is found in...
Working for Peace: An Introduction to the AMS Peace Committee
The AMS Peace Committee has a number of exciting projects underway and invites your ideas and participation. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the children. In future issues of Montessori Life, we'll be keeping you up to date on our activities...
You Can Never Replace a Montessori Child
Recently, while I was at a stafftraining workshop, a quote attributed to Tim Seldin (president of the Montessori Foundation and chair of the International Montessori Council) caught my attention: "You can never replace a Montessori child." I jotted these...