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. 17, No. 1, Winter

AMS: Promise and Possibility
This is an auspicious time for AMS-a time of great promise and possibility. In 2007 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Montessori education. Plans to commemorate this landmark achievement are in the making, including the annual conference in...
Code of Ethics of the American Montessori Society
ADOPTED BY THE AMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, OCTOBER, 1969. EXPANDED, 1975As American Montessori Society Members, we pledge to conduct ourselves professionally and personally in ways that will reflect our respect for each other and for the children we serve....
Designing the Ideal Children's House: How Architecture Can Help Children Learn
Maria Montessori illuminated the shortfalls of traditional classrooms and education at the turn of the century, leading the way to an engaging and interactive method of teaching. Along a similar path, architects began to revolutionize school building...
Developing a Microbiology Curriculum for Elementary Students
Why would anyone try to teach the science of microbiology to students in elementary school? Isn't it too abstract and too technical for them to grasp? Wouldn't it be best to wait until middle school or even high school to introduce this subject?Most...
Did You Know?
As Montessori programs become a more significant part of public education and as Montessorians become more involved with minority populations, it is important to know about the people we are serving, where they are coming from, their histories and their...
Educating Ethical Leaders: Ethics in the Classroom
Character development and academic development are the broad goals of education. In Montessori classrooms, there are opportunities every day to incorporate character education in order to help children and youth understand, care about, and act on core...
Ethics: The Driver's Edge
I learned to drive at the age of 14 by going forward and back in our driveway. Later, after a summer of driver's education classes, I acquired a learner's permit and have been on the road ever since. Driving for me has always been a strange mixture of...
Haiku and Happiness
Haiku and Happiness Basho and the River Stones By Tim Myers Illustrations by Oki S. Man Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2004, $16.95.The Japanese poet Basho perfected the art of Haiku, a poem of three lines and 17 syllables, over 400 years ago....
Join the Journey to the Centennial
Fundraising, contributing money, and working for organizations in which I believe are my passions. In 1989, when Wilmington Montessori School found a 25-acre site for our permanent location, we set out to raise $1 million to fund our dream. Three capital...
Light Shines in Darkness
Editors' note: This is the first in an ongoing series of articles for Montessori LIFE by graduates of Montessori schools. Former Montessori students will share their stories and speak about how their Montessori experience shaped their lives. This article,...
Money Connects: Teaching about Money in a Montessori Elementary Classroom
Handling money is the most social of all math skills. In the same way that the writing process gives many lower elementary children a powerful social reason to learn to read and write, learning how to manipulate money gives an everyday urgency to learning...
Moral Development in Montessori Environments
Abstract:Moral development is one aspect of the child's holistic growth that is nurtured in a Montessori environment. This article explores the ways that essential aspects of Montessori philosophy and methodology support moral development."Character...
Parents as Participants
It's a universal problem for Montessori schools: how to incorporate the enthusiasm and energy of parent volunteers without losing the integrity of the prepared environment. Schools may be hesitant to allow untrained volunteers to work with the children....
Past, Present, and Future
When I learned from the AMS Board of Directors that I had been selected to serve as The Society's next executive director, I felt honored and humbled. But most of all I felt challenged, knowing I would be taking over the leadership of an organization...
Putting Your BEST Foot Forward: Stepping out into the Broader Community
The BEST (Brain Enhancement Support Training) workshops represent the efforts of several Montessori teachers in Oklahoma City and a teacher educator from Oklahoma City University to present Montessori philosophy and practice to owners and operators of...
School Leadership for Ethical and Moral Development
We had a great response for the Heads of Schools Retreat at the Club El Mandarin Resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Over 70 Montessorians gathered for a weekend of networking, sharing challenges, offering solutions, and building friendships. The workshop...
The English Ethicist
She was short. Her face was oval, calm, alert. It was hard to know how big she was; the habit she wore made her a balanced triangle of black, topped with starched white that covered her head and chest. Her hands were small, neither too cool nor too warm,...
They Might Be Giants
This Might Be Your New Favorite Album They Might Be Giants (2002). No! Idlewild/Rounder. $17.98.Many fans of the band They Might Be Giants have been wondering for years when they would produce an album for children: Their music has an energy and bounce...