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. 19, No. 2, 2007

A Continent of Art
Each year my school selects a continent for school-wide study. As an art teacher, I like this idea. The history of art spans centuries and a world of diverse cultures. I also find the single-continent focus to be very helpful when choosing art history...
A Salute to Mimi Basso
As many of you already know, Mimi Basso is leaving AMS in June of this year to assume the position of head of school at West Side Montessori School in New York City. I would like to recognize and celebrate Mimi's impressive work at AMS and share some...
A Second Montessori Century
A century of Montessori! And what a century it has been. Since the return of Montessori education under Nancy Rambusch's leadership, the American Montessori Society has worked tirelessly to make Montessori a significant voice in education and to "champion...
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder
What is "art"? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is "the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects." There are the "traditional" forms of art, such as painting, sculpting, and drawing,...
Coming of Age at 100: Montessori Has Arrived
I am both thrilled and humbled to have begun my term as president of AMS. I accept the position with a strong commitment to the mission of AMS and a deep appreciation of the wisdom and teachings of the two eminent women who influence my career and my...
Educating for Peace
Most would say they strive for it. Many will say they find it in degrees. Ultimately, we come to understand that peace is not a naive notion, but rather the outcome of learning the skills necessary to live a life in balance.The newest of the AMS videos,...
Going from Dream to Reality: Steps to Grow Your School Facility
Facing the possibility of growing your school can seem overwhelming. How do you know if it makes sense for your community? How do you know if the time is right for consideration? How do you know where to get started with such a mountainous task? This...
Guiding the Future: How Art Enhances a Montessori Child's Life
When my husband and I first discovered Madison Montessori School for our daughter a few years ago, we had a respectful but limited understanding of the Montessori philosophy and the benefits of a Montessori education. What I remember was that in my research...
Letters to the Editors
Several strong feelings arose while reading Alyssa Morishima Moore's article "Race, Culture, and Diversity" in the Parent Section of Issue 4, 2006. 1 was horrified by her experience and was inspired by her courage. I tried to imagine what it would feel...
Montessori Environments as Works of Art
Recently I was showing a prospective family around our school. The couple commented on all the fresh flowers in the classrooms and asked me about their purpose. I explained how important it is to have an aesthetically appealing learning environment,...
Montessori Milestones
AMS Research AwardsThe American Montessori Society offers annual awards for graduate level work for outstanding doctoral dissertations and master's theses that further the public understanding of Montessori education.The 2007 award recipients were announced...
Our Young Cultural Ambassadors: Montessori Peacemakers for a Modern World
"Todos somos amigos," says a 5-year-old Indian American girl. She produces this phrase with ease and warmth in her voice. As her Montessori guide has modeled for her, this girl models for two 3-year-old Caucasian boys who are resolving a conflict. We...
QA: Conversations with Today's Montessorians
[Editors' note: In this ongoing series of interviews, we are striving to learn more about a broad range of Montessorians-to hear about their personal Montessori journeys and to discover their insights on Montessori as a movement over the last 100 years...
The Last Laugh :)
As a teacher educator for Cultural Subjects, I decided to read The Peace Book by Todd Parr on the day we were discussing Peace Education. "Peace is keeping the water blue for all the fish." "Peace is offering a hug to a friend." "Peace is having enough...
The Montessori Book You Should Read
The Montessori Book You Should Read Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius By Angeline Stoll Lillard, Oxford University Press, 2005, $35By John Chattin-McNicholsThis book is a major contribution to the scholarly work written on Montessori, and is...
The Power of Art
I want to be very clear about one thing: I am not an artist. I have no talent. I know this is so because my fourth grade art teacher told me and reaffirmed her judgment with an F in Art, thus ruining what had been up to then a perfect year; at least...
Un Segundo Idioma En El Aula: ¿Nos Estamos Perdiendo Una oportunidad?/A Second Language in the Classroom: Are We Missing the Boat?
[This article originally appeared in Volume 5, Issue 1 of Montessori Life, Winter 1993.]Andrew, age 5, communicates comfortably in three languages. He speaks English at school, Italian to his nanny who has been with his family since his birth, and French...