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. 16, No. 1, Winter

2 Days to Remember!
The United Nations Headquarters in New York offers guided tours to the public. The guides, usually knowledgeable natives and often in national dress, lead groups of 10 to 15 through the corridors and main meeting rooms of the famous icon building, pointing...
Barry University
Barry University is located in the Village of Miami Shores in Miami-Dade County, FL. It is an international co-educational, Catholic university founded and sponsored by the sisters of the Adrian Dominican order in 1940. It has built a reputation as an...
Bretta Weiss Wolff Is 12th Living Legacy Honoree
At the October 2003, AMS Seminar in Anaheim, CA, Bretta Weiss Wolff was presented as the 2003-2004 Living Legacy honored by the AMS Scholarship Committee. Dottie Sweet Feldman, Scholarship Fund administrator, introduced Bretta as an accomplished leader,...
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Starting a school presents many challenges. Starting a school within a university setting is an adventure! What follows is the saga of one university's journey to get a Montessori lab school on campus.Chaminade University of Honolulu is a small, Marianist...
Choices and Voices: A Developmental View of Guided Choice
Teachers make approximately 5,000 choices per day! While 90% of those are automatic choices, 10% require thought and judgment (M. Hunter, personal communication). With so many decisions every day, there is a danger of omitting or overlooking important...
College of St. Catherine
Founded in 1905 as a women's college by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the College of St. Catherine is the largest Catholic college for women in the country. Through a diversity of programs, the college offers the opportunity to complete baccalaureate,...
Early Crusade Planted Seeds for NHC Infant-and-Toddler Teacher Education Initiative
In 1968, I had some time on my hands because I had learned very abruptly at that point that in Dallas, TX, pregnant women were not welcome in the public school classroom. As I waited for our first child to be born, I discovered Montessori's wonderful...
In Memoriam: Jeannine Schmid (1931-2003)
Dr. Jeannine Lillian Schmid passed away on November 17, 2003, after a courageous 3-year battle with cancer.Jeannine led a life of service to the community that began in high school, when she became interested in a religious life. She joined a new order...
Keeping in Touch with Nature
As I write this, I am sitting with my laptop in a beautiful meadow at sunset on a glorious autumn day. This is the last evening of a weeklong land lab experience with my middle-school students in southern Wisconsin. The students have just headed out...
Lander University
A small classified advertisement on the last page of the Spring 2001 issue of Montessori Life sought an AMS certified early childhood teacher to serve as director of a university Montessori teacher education program. Intrigued, I Emailed my resume and...
Lifetime Learners
A friend recently gave me a plaque, which sils on my desk here at AMS. On it is a quote, translated from the Latin, from the great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo: "I am still learning." Ancora lmparo. Aren't we all? Especially as Montessorians,...
New York University
In the United States each of the 50 state education departments sets standards for and approves credit-bearing post-secondary programs that lead to the state's teaching credentials. The result is that education programs in colleges and universities are...
North Harris Community College
Located on 200 acres of piney woods in North Houston, TX, is a dynamic learning community at North Harris College, part of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Within a 10-mile radius of the urban/suburban college are more than 1 million...
Saint Mary's College of California
For the last 15 years, Jan Lee has been a Montessori infant/toddler teacher. Today she's a graduate student at Saint Mary's College of California working on the Master of Education in Montessori Education. Although she looks forward to returning to the...
The at Risk Child: How the Montessori Classroom Enhances Learning: PART 1
The child who is At Risk for learnng disabilities (Brutten, Richardson, & Mangel, 1973; Critchley, 1964; Shedd, 1967) has deficits in attention, order and organization, gross- and finemotor skills, and perceptual confusions causing faulty concept...
The Role of University-Based Teacher Education Programs as Part of the Whole
Few who have been intimately involved with university-based Montessori teacher education programs would refute the premise that establishing and maintaining such programs presents many challenges. At the same time, there would be strong agreement that...
Voices from the Field
Dear Montessori Teacher Colleague:We are soliciting your help with this project because we believe that the genesis of research about Montessori should rest on gathering firsthand descriptions by those engaged in the daily life of richly textured classrooms...
Xavier University
The HistoryI sit here 39 years after the opening of the first graduate Montessori program in the country and I ponder the vision of Hilda Rothschild when she proposed this program to Dr. Ray Mc Coy, then dean of the graduate school at Xavier University....
Young Adults at the UN: Hope for the Future
A delegation representing AMS attended the 56th Annual DPI/NGO Conference at the United Nations in NYC September 8-10, 2003. The Department of Public Information (DPI) is the part of the United Nations that interacts with the nongovernmental organisations...
Your Voice Is Heard
Our membership survey conducted last fall con firms that the most valued benefit provided by AMS is professional development. That the vast majority of respondents are teachers aptly reflects our constituency, which rated the three prominent benefits...