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. 23, No. 2, Summer

A Good Read
A Good Read By Cindy Clevenger Charles Darwin By Kathleen Krull Illustrated by Boris Kulikov New York: Viking, 2010 Hardcover: $15.99In this book, biographer Kathleen Krull has illuminated the fascinating and very human side of her subject, Charles Darwin....
Ams 2012 Living Legacy Honoree: Chandra Fernando
The American Montessori Society Living Legacy is an honor created by the AMS Scholarship Committee to recognize individuals whose exemplary achievements have had significant impact within the Montessori community. Donations to the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship...
A Time of Change
I am greatly honored to be president of the American Montessori Society Board of Directors - your president. My confidence in accepting this position comes from my professional and academic experience associated with Montessori, including as a parent,...
A Time to Demonstrate Kindness, Respect, and Generosity
It is hard to believe that almost 10 years have passed since I delivered an address on "Moments of Reflection" at the Teacher Education Committee meeting in Las Vegas on November 11, 2001, exactly two months after 9/11. Even though many people were nervous...
Children's Memories of Their Montessori Experience
As an Early Childhood Montessori teacher of 26 years, I have always wondered what impressions I was making on the absorbent minds of my students. Thus, I decided to conduct a survey at the Princeton Montessori School (PMS) in New Jersey, a school serving...
Crossing the Aisle: Conversations about Collaboration
A Conversation Among ManyLike many Montessori teachers, I happened upon this lifechanging method by chance. What convinced me to make it my life's work was not so much the conversations with adults who shared this well-kept secret, or anything I read,...
Montessorians Unite!
According to the AMI website (http://montessori-ami.org), the Association Montessori Internationale was founded during the World Conference on New Education in Denmark in 1929. Begun by Dr. Montessori and with her as leader and driving force, the organization...
The Gift of Silence
It is only in solitude and silence that our life is really present, that we are truly responsive to the heartbeat of the universe and free to contemplate the miracle of existence. (Lane, p. 19)I live in a small fishing village in Wisconsin, a state often...
The Last Laugh :)
I was walking around observing in one of the classrooms during the morning work period. I approached 3V^-yearold Charlotte who was carefully tracing the Sandpaper Numerals. She had just finished the zero when she looked at me and remarked, "This is the...
Treating Each Other with Respect
I invite you to consider the following proposition: The Montessori classroom and the values we embrace that inform how we want our Montessori children to work and to learn together provide incredible insights for a vision for how we adults should treat...
Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant
The Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant is an annual award given to a Montessorian who has formulated a project that fosters education for peace. This grant was created by the American Montessori Society Peace Committee to honor the memory of Ursula Thrush,...