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. 15, No. 2, Spring

A Question of Choice
Should a child choose an exercise prior to teacher presentation? This question looks at two schools of thought I have witnessed in my Montessori observations. One school of thought holds that the child must be presented with a lesson before he or she...
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Character Education in America
During the past several years, there has been a resurgence of interest in character education in American schools. A proliferation of chicanery and scandal in government and business, an onslaught of vulgarity and degradation in the media, and a dramatic...
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Crain Gives Us Another Winner
RECLAIMING CHILDHOOD: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society by William Crain (2003; New York: Holt). $25 Although it may be the rare academic who writes engagingly and well in addition to having something to say, Dr. William...
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Educational Spin on Music Videos for Children
Series in three formats WeeBee Tunes Travel Adventures GET YOUR PASSPORT! (2001) THE JOURNEY CONTINUES! (2002) (Chicago: Girdwood Partners.) CD & look: Passport $19.99, Journey $15.99 VHS $14.95 ea./ DVD $18.95 ea. Is our planet a bad place to live?...
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Guidelines for Referral and Test Evaluation for Montessori Schools
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES More and more questions about students with learning or behavioral challenges are being asked by Montessori schools and their staffs. In my experience, Montessori schools often have more students who are at-risk for or have...
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Homophobia-Hate's Last Refuge?
It is at seven years that one may note the beginning of an orientation toward moral questions, toward the judgment of acts. One of the most curious characteristics to be observed is the interest that occurs in the child when he begins to perceive things...
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In Memoriam
Dr. Elizabeth Caspari (1899-2002) The first of four children in her family, Elizabeth Caspari was born September 9, 1899, to Charles Geraz, a pharmacist, and his wife, Pauline Morier, in the French-speaking Alpine village of Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland....
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Integrating Technology into the Montessori Elementary Classroom
NEW IDEAS A third-year student in the early elementary, one of the first to arrive this chilly Tuesday morning, comes quietly into her classroom at the Montessori School of Denver. She's used to the routine: she hangs up her coat and backpack, puts her...
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It's about Time!
FROM THE AMS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR One of the most satisfying aspects of my job is visiting AMS member schools. Since June, I have been in dozens of Montessori schools across the country. They are the finest schools I have ever seen. Montessori administrators...
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Montessori Elementary Is Different: What Children Study, What Children Do
Do you know this tune? Can you recall the melody? School days, school days Dear old Golden Rule days Reading and writing and 'rithmetic All to the sound of a hickory stick My grandmother was born in 1900. For her generation, the "school days" song was...
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OfTime and Montessori: Kairos and Chronos
Our school officially opens at 9:00 A.M., but the children gathered early this morning in spite of the rain. After a few minutes of chit-chat, most were working, rolling out their mats, sidling up to one another in the reading corner, or setting up with...
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Pascal's Triangle
NEW IDEAS "I am going to name my first child Trinomial Cube," one 4-year-old told his mother. He sometimes spent the entire morning working with the trinomial cube. Another 4-year-old discovered the binomial cube within the trinomial as she was helping...
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Phonemic Awareness: A Crucial Bridge to Reading
NEW IDEAS Before man's arrival on earth [language] did not exist. And what is it? Barely a breath! A few noises strung together. ... It is a mystery impossible to fathom. -Montessori (1967a, pp. 108-110) These few noises that are strung together so mysteriously...
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Preschool Second-Language Acquisition: A Parent Involvement Program to Reinforce Classroom Learning
Families seeking Montessori education historically have been very interested in the educational aspects of their children's development. Parental involvement in preschool activities such as reading and math is relatively easy to achieve, since adults...
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September 11th Revisited: The Call for Montessori Partnerships with Civil Society
NEWS FROM THE UN Killing is an unspeakable act. Yet, by the time you read this article, the United States and its allies may be at war with Iraq. As a society of people wearing the hats of teacher educator, school administrator, classroom teacher, assistant,...
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Using Graphing Calculators in the Montessori Middle School Classroom
One of the greatest challenges facing educators in mathematics today is to stimulate and inspire as many students as possible to realize their potential, not only to master skills but to learn important mathematical ideas-without feelings of frustration...
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Working toward a Stronger Voice
FROM THE AMS PRESIDENT As the AMS board of directors prepared for its February meeting, I am pleased to report to the membership the agenda remained steady on the course of the Strategic Plan. With the Fund Development Task Force formed under the leadership...
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