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. 20, No. 1, 2008

21st-Century Montessorians
Some months ago, my column urged all of you to tell the story of Montessori education often, to the outside community as well to your committed constituencies. Two events that I experienced recently reinforce the importance of this practice.First, as...
A Bee Movie Shtick
A Bee Movie ShtickBee MovieDreamworks, starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renee ZellwegerOriginal theater release date: November 2, 2007DVD release date: March 11, 2008$29.99Just because a movie is animated does not mean it is suitable for children. Jerry Seinfeld's...
Assistive Technology for Every Child
The Montessori philosophy advocates that the classroom be a reflection of the home, the community, and the world. Now, a century after Maria Montessori founded her Casa dei Bambini, the world is becoming a hightechnology society, with computers a part...
Building a Just Adolescent Community
[Editors' note: This is part one of a two-part article. The second part, "Elements of a Just Adolescent Community," will appear in the next issue of Montessori Life.]How to Build a Just Adolescent CommunityIn 1936, Maria Montessori gave a lecture to...
Celebrating Passion
As I reflect on my 2-year tenure as families representative to and treasurer of the AMS Board of Directors, and think about what motivates me to stay involved, I realize it is passion. Webster's Dictionary defines passion as an "intense, driving, or...
Gender Play and Good Governance
Recoiling from physical proximity with another person and their belongings because they are perceived as contaminating is a powerful statement of social distance and claimed superiority. . . . Kids often act out pollution beliefs in a spirit of playful...
Hope for Our Future
Sometimes, as heads of schools, we get bogged down in the details of the daily demands of running our schools. It helps to step back occasionally and reflect on the effect a Montessori education has on the mindset and activities of our students; I am...
Lao Tzu, Montessori, and the Watercourse Way of Peace
Twenty-five hundred years ago, an old Chinese sage, Lao Tzu, wrote down eighty-one short verses that became the Tao Te Ching-the book of how things happen. Since then, it has become a revered text of world literature. It posits a way of life based on...
Listening to Language
The act of quiet observation is one of my favorite components of the Montessori environment. I am reminded of Dr. Montessori's lecture, "Spontaneous Activity in Education" (1921) in which she noted "during the period devoted to observation, the observer...
Math Magic
Math Magic Math at Their Own Pace: Child-Directed Activities for Developing Early Number Sense By Greg Nelson, PhD St. Paul MN: Redleaf Press, 2007 $29.95Greg Nelson, a former Montessori teacher and currently a professor at Bridgewater State University...
Reflections on Our Centennial Year
Recently, I was reflecting on the past year. I recalled the Montessori educators from around the world whom I had met as we celebrated 100 years of Montessori education. The intensity of the ties that bind us was especially evident during these centennial...
Signs of the Times
The July 5, 2007, issue of the Wall Street Journal contained a commentary, "Blame It on Mr. Rogers: Why Young Adults Feel So Entitled." The author quotes a Louisiana State professor who describes his students' feelings of entitlement to A grades as the...
The Last Laugh :)
It was a Friday afternoon, and my 3-year-old student Sydney was telling me of her plans to go to the mall the next day with her mom. "I'm going to the mall tomorrow too," I replied. An amused look crossed her face "No!" she said, giggling. "Yes, I really...
The Montessori Model in Puebla, Mexico: How One Nonprofit Is Helping Children
As a sea of cars maneuvered through congested streets outside the Hidalgo Market in Puebla, Mexico, and buses transporting passengers spewed diesel fumes into the morning air, hundreds of people milled about under tarps, preparing for another busy day....