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. 18, No. 1, 2006

Creating a Core Vision of Montessori Education
If you start reading this column expecting to find answers and a succinct statement of a core vision for Montessori education, you will be disappointed. My purpose in writing this is to invite each of you to help cocreate a core vision of Montessori...
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Did You Know?
In the United States,Every 22 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.Every 35 seconds a baby is born into poverty.Every 38 seconds a baby is born to a mother who is not a high school graduate.Every 51 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.Every...
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Humor in the Classroom
One of the great rewards of being a Montessori teacher is sharing laughter and humor with my students. Laughter is the "magic glue" that binds us together in the classroom. Being able to appreciate a child's joke and share a good laugh creates a special...
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Infant Crying: To Soothe or Not to Soothe
After reviewing the nature of crying and its purposes, this paper will examine caregivers' simultaneous roles of observer and participant in assessing crying as an indicator of a child's developmental and emotional well-being. A review of Barr, Hopkins...
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Instructions NOT Included
Becoming a parent is a hugely humbling and sobering experience. You are going through life feeling confident and secure, and then along comes a little person who will change every paradigm that you have ever created.After my daughter was born, a wave...
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International and Multicultural Understanding: What the World Needs Now
In September 2005, 171 world leaders, the largest gathering of heads of state ever, met in Washington, D.C. at the United Nations for the World Summit. Their purpose was to assess the UN member states' success in meeting Millennium Development Goals...
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Montessori Grandparenting
My life as I knew it changed forever in the year 2000. It had nothing to do with computer glitches or Y2K, but everything to do with new roles and responsibilities for me. In that year, all of the things I had watched my parents experience became things...
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Montessori School Leadership: AMS Needs YOU
During my recent interim executive directorship at AMS, I received many desperate phone calls and e-mails from school heads who were close to retirement, teachers and parents interested in starting new Montessori programs, headhunters, and board members,...
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Seasons of Change
All but Death, can be AdjustedDynasties repairedSystems-settled in their SocketsCitadels -dissolvedWastes of Lives-renown with ColorsBy Succeeding SpringsDeath -unto itself-ExceptionIs exempt from Change-Emily DickinsonWhether we welcome with open arms...
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Seeing a Child's World
By nature and training I am an observer, especially of children. Montessori, when I discovered her quite accidentally in 1971, taught me much about how to see the essence of children's behavior. At the time, since I had no background in education, limited...
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The Big Apple, Seen through Little Eyes
The Big Apple, Seen Through Little Eyes ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York City By Joanne Dugan New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005, $14.95Harry N. Abrams, a New York publisher well known for its high-quality art and design books for adults, has...
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The Challenge of Teaching Elementary Reading
For many years, students in Montessori elementary schools maintained an enviable quality of excellence in language skills, particularly in reading. Their proficiency in this all-important academic skill led to further expertise in other reading-dependent...
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The Last Laugh
"She [Maria Montessori] had a keen sense of humor and could always see the funny side of a situation, however serious or important."-Mario Montessori Jr.We'd like to challenge you to see things like Montessori, and to let us know what you find. From...
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The NCME National Reporter Says "Good-Bye" and Montessori Life Says "Hello"
When NCME and AMS began to analyze the services we each offered, and compare our organizational goals, we realized we were much more alike than different. We asked why we were duplicating services and efforts when we could work together and be more productive....
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The Sources of Happiness
The Sources of Happiness Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children By Aline D. Wolf Hollidaysburg, PA: Parent Child Press, 2005, $6.00The definition of happiness lies somewhere between the states of well-being, contentment, and satisfaction....
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The Value of Infant-Toddler Programs
My daughter, Kate, was just 20 months old when I started the Crystal Lake Montessori School almost 25 years ago, so we have had a Toddler Program from day one. In those days it was very difficult to find fully credentialed Montessori teachers for the...
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Toddlers Learning through Culinary Experiences
EACH YEAR PURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, our classroom celebrates together with a Harvest Feast. Each child is responsible for bringing a dish that is part of his or her family's tradition. The evening before the celebration, I received a phone call from...
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Violence IN THE MEDIA: One Teacher's Response
[Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a letter sent by Harvey Hallenberg, director of Claremont Montessori, Boca Raton, FL, to parents in response to the school shootings in Red Lake, MN in March 2005.]Many of the students in class have honestly...
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What Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Learn from Play: 12 Ideas
[Editor's Note: This is an adaptation of a presentation given in spring 2005 at the AMS Annual Conference in Chicago.]1. Play Enhances Bodily GracefulnessPlacing babies on their tummies on a safe warm floor surface gives them opportunities to stretch...
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What to Look for When You Are Looking
When you visit a Montessori school, what are you seeing? How can you tell if the school is a good fit for you and your family? How can you as a parent judge from a visit or two whether this is the place for your children? It is important to think about...
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