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. 4, 2008

Accredited Schools
Editors' Note: The listings below are based on information available when this issue went to press. For the most up-to-date listings, please visit the AMS website at www.amshq.org (go to "Schools" and then to "School Listing").Schools accredited by the...
AMS 2009 Annual Conference: The Possibilities of New Orleans
Planning for each of our AMS conferences takes many years. In 2004, New Orleans was selected as the site for our 2009 Annual Conference, and a con- tract with a hotel (the New Orleans Marriott in the historic French Quarter) was signed. Little did we...
AMS Board and Office: The President's View
I recently spent a lovely after- noon in Livermore, CA, visiting Valley Montessori School. Head of School Mary Ellen Kordas arranged for me to see Valley's fabulous nearly-new facility (which is about to expand again!) and meet with many of her tal-...
Ams Teacher Education Programs
Editors' Note: Due to our publication schedule, information provided on teacher education programs in each issue is based on information available at the time the issue goes to press. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the AMS website...
Celebrating What Matters
As we approach the end-of-year holidays, I always find myself thinking about the many celebrations we have participated in at Richmond Montessori School (RMS). My two boys have attended RMS for 10 and 9 years, respectively, so there have been quite a...
Heads' Retreat: The "Courage to Lead"
The AMS Heads of Schools Retreat is set for January 16-18, 2009, over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend. Our workshop, the Courage to Lead, will be directed by Dr. Paul Michalec from the Center for Courage and Renewal. This organization, located...
How Important Are the Montessori Materials?
Over the past 5 years, I have visited scores of Montessori classrooms, most of them in the United States and Canada, and have observed many commonalities among them. For example, in almost every classroom, children freely chose their activities and engaged...
Letters to the Editors
I applaud your printing Maureen Harris's well-done research study ["The Effects of Music Instruction on Learning in the Montessori Classroom," Vol. 20, No. 3, 2008]. Not only was it well done, but it was in a much-needed area of the curriculum. Harris's...
Montessori Milestones
Happy Anniversary!Congratulations to the following AMS-member schools on achieving significant anniversary milestones. We wish them continued success in the future.45th AnniversaryRacine Montessori SchoolRacine, WIRita Lewis, Administrator30th AnniversaryLearning...
Nature Abandoned: Where Have All the Children Gone?
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.-Henry David ThoreauAs a child, I had a creek in my backyard. My younger brother and I lived at the creek. The minute perfection of a...
Peace and Social Justice Retreat: The Journey from Trauma to Triumph
The AMS Peace Committee is pleased to offer a Peace Retreat in Louisiana, from Sunday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 4, 2009, immediately following the 2009 Annual Conference. As part of the Peace Committee's continuing efforts to deepen awareness...
Power Picture Books
The picture book is a simple yet proteaching peace. Today, before, beautiful picavailable for children. They are nearly pieces of art-with rich text accompanied by illustrations, paintings, and photographs that speak to the spirit of the child. An increasing...
Public Montessori Elementary Schools
Public Montessori elementary schools have two challenges: They strive to achieve a child-centered Montessori environment and must also address the demands of state and federal requirements developed for more traditional educational settings.Our study...
The Joy of Winter
As Montessori teachers we strive to utilize the resources around us to enhance the learning experience. Perhaps the greatest resources we have are the seasons of the year in our communities.Fargo, ND, is a prairie town, located in the Red River Valley,...
The Joys of Reading: An Occupation of Mind
This summer, I spent 3 weeks in Northern Ghana, in circumstances that are best described as basic by American standards. Our guesthouse had a television set-but only two channels, and reception was so poor that on the few occasions it was turned on,...
The Last Laugh :)
As a Montessori teacher, I hear so many things that put a smile on my face. Here is one I want to share with you.A student of mine had just returned from her vacation. She was explaining the things she did. At the end I said: "I would like to go there...
The Rebirth of Montessori: Rebuilding a Public Charter Montessori School in Post-Katrina New Orleans
"Pre-Katrina" and "Post-Katrina" are common terms for time frames these days in New Orleans, often reminding me of the BCE/CE timeline distinctions.1 You hear "PreKatrina" and "Post-Katrina" on the news, in the paper, and in everyday conversations. Although...