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. 15, No. 1, Winter

AMS/NAEYC: New Joint Accreditation Process
Accreditation certifies to the general public that a school community meets established criteria or standards. Accreditation is a declaration that a school is what it says it is and does what it says it does. Although accreditation serves as an indicator...
An Invitation
It is my pleasure to begin this column with a heartfelt thank you to Cochairs Florence Hughes and Susie Shelton-Dodge and their fine committee for a well executed fall conference in St. Louis. This great team put together a thought-provoking program...
"Fine Designs" from Italy: Montessori Education and the Reggio Emilia Approach
Italy is not a huge country, nor one that dominates research in scientific areas like biotechnology or computer science; but in the particular field of early childhood, it can be described as a kind of gifted, creative giant. Italians have always revered...
Guiding Your Child's Artistic Compass
As a pop tune played on in the Davies household, 3-- year-old Lindsey began moving her hands and feet to the beat in her own choreography to a song she'd never heard. Her mother, Leslie Davies, looked on in amazement, realizing this wasn't something...
In Memoriam: Charles Turner (1933-2002)
In Memoriam: Charles Tuner (1933-2002) The person we knew as Charles Turner was born Jewel James Atkins on Sunday, March 12, 1933, at the Deaconess Home of Redeeming Love in Oklahoma City, a hospital and orphanage mission of the First Methodist Church....
In Memoriam: Ursula Thrush (1930-2002), Peace Be with You, Ursula
On September 28, 2002, Ursula Thrush died after 72 years of ardent living. With her birth in Budapest in 1930, the world then possessed an attractive, smart, and spunky child who was filled with both courage and zest for life. Ursula never lost these...
Montessori and Constructivism
Every approach to education presupposes an epistemology, a set of underlying, unquestioned assumptions about how we come to know the world. While every educational program presupposes an epistemology, it does not always start from a set of explicit philosophical...
Montessori and Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
The revolutionary work of Howard Gardner has been given much attention in the past decade. Opposing the notion of a unitary IQ and proposing that intelligence be thought of as a wide range of human capabilities, Gardner challenged the status quo in the...
Montessori and Learning Differences
Learning differences include Dyslexia and Related Disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Math Disorder, Reading Comprehension Disorder, Oral Language Disorder, and Written Expression Disorder. Dyslexia is a genetic difference....
Montessori and Steiner: A Pattern of Reverse Symmetries
Montessori and Waldorf: For a long time I held each movement in separate compartments in my heart and my head, considering the paradox of how they could both be so sound, so "right" and so different. Then, one day at a Naropa Institute lecture, Dr. Jeremy...
New Year Resolutions
I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy New Year. Join me in renewing a strong commitment to teaching and learning and children. I have not yet completed the series of "firsts" as executive director of AMS, but I have experienced enough to know...
Ohio School to Host "Writing for Children" Conference
Storyteller SALLY CRANDALL will kick off the sixth annual Writing for Children conference March 19 at St. Joseph Montessori School, Columbus, OH, cosponsor of this year's event with the nearby Second Avenue (Public) Elementary School and help from the...
Random Patterns, Chance Designs
By the time I was 10 years old I knew I would never be a teacher. It was clear to me schools somehow managed to supplant the creativity and imagination bubbling within each wide-eyed child who walked through the doors. No, no, no, I was not going to...
Second Living Legacy Decade: Looking Forward into Time
The year 2002-2003 represents an AMS scholarship landmark, as we commence the 2 decade of recognition of Living Legacies, acknowledging honorees' exemplary achievements that have "significant impact on children and families in American Montessori Society...
The Common Vision: Parenting and Educating for Wholeness
At the start of the 21st century, we find our lives entangled in paradox. Never before has human capability been so powerful, so productive, and so diverse. Yet never before has it been so dangerous, nor has it exacted so vast a toll from the health...
Vygotsky and Montessori: One Dream, Two Visions
MONTESSORI AND OTHER APPROACHES With interest in Lev Vygotsky's theories spreading among educators, comparisons are being made between his theories and the other theoretical perspectives on children's learning and development. The theory most often compared...
We Need Your Help!
I cannot emphasize enough our need of your help! We are committed to excellence as a society and are planning several steps of research to validate our work with children. The first step in the process is for each of you to complete the "Heads Survey"...