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. 3, 2006

4th Annual Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant
Montessorians who have formulated a project fostering education for peace are warmly invited to apply for the Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant.Ursula Thrush founded the Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate and Teacher Training Center in San Francisco...
Alice's Dream
I was born and grew up in a rural village, Bongbini, in the northern part of Ghana. During colonial times, which ended in 1957 when Ghana gained its independence, the north was considered by many as backward, peopled by the ignorant and unschooled, and...
An American Montessori Teacher's Experience in Sri Lanka
What can we as Montessorians learn from teaching in a war-torn country, and what can we hope to share with others in the process? These questions were much on my mind when I went to Sri Lanka in the summer of 2003. Below are excerpts from e-mails I sent...
Annual AMS Heads of Schools Retreat
''Social Arcliitectiue: Creating Cultures of Community and Accountability" is the theme of tlie Heads of Schools retreat, January 12-14, 2007, in beautiful Piuita Cana, Dominican Republic. Oiu retreat facilitator is Peter Block, a best-selling author...
A Small Planet
Less than a generation ago, it would have been hard to imagine racking up frequent flier miles traveling to Asia, Europe, Africa, or Australia, but lately our world has become so much "smaller." With lightning-speed advances in technology, our diildren...
A Summer Reflection
Ah, summer! My favorite season, a respite from schedules, from too much to do, and too little time in which to do it. Summer is the time for opportunities-for travel or for rest and relaxation. If we choose to travel, we visualize beforehand what oiu...
From Alpha to Omega
The Alpha point of my life as a Montessori educator happened in 1959, when I was a graduate student studying philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. While studying the works of the great American philosopher William James, I came across...
PEACE: A Feeling You Have in Your Heart
Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe . . . for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.- Maria Montessori (1948, p. 2)I introduce the concept of peace to the children in my primary...
Taking Full Responsibility
I recently revisited a book by Nathaniel Branden, entitled Taking Responsibility: Self-Reliance and the Accountable Life, In it, Branden examines the role that self-esteem plays in oru personal and professional lives and demonstrates that only by taking...
The 3M Project: Using Technology to Facilitate Greater Cultural Understanding
Maria Montessori observed that children learn to read and write through their spontaneous, independent behavior. She also noted that children wrote first and then read and were able to perform both activities at a younger age than expected (Lillard,...
The Journey of Montessori
How did you learn about Montessori?What motivated you to become a Montessorian?These questions and others like them are familiar to Montessorians and Montessori families. They are good questions and deeply important ones as well. I suggest that this...
The Moral Landscape of Montessori
Montessori instructs us in the art of becoming teachers. For two reasons she seems to view this process of becoming as one that is never completed: We can never know all there is to know, and each child is unique and must be observed as if we had never...
The Needs of Humans: A Beginning
How do we show students where they and others fit into the human family? Maria Montessori developed a structure through which we can answer that question. Starting with activities in the primary classroom, which are continued through the elementary years,...
The Uganda Montessori Peace Education Initiative
When we at the Victoria Montessori School in Entebbe, Uganda, heard about the call for applications for the 2006 Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant, we felt very much challenged. We realized that this could be an opportunity to help millions of children...
Weaving Service into Adolescent Lives
During the summer of 2002, 1 lived in the Kitui district of Kenya, about 200 kilometers east of Nairobi. I worked with World Neighbors, an NGO based in the United States, which "is committed to solutions to rural poverty that make the most of locally...