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. 1, 2007

29 Murphy's Laws for a Montessori Classroom
[Editors' note: This piece originally appeared in Volume 11, Issue 2 of The Constructive Triangle, Spring 1984.]1. The child whose parent is in the observation room will do nothing that day-until the parent leaves.2. A 2-year-old putting on his own shoes...
A History of the Living Legacy
The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship FundDottie Sweet Feldman, wishing to provide financial assistance to persons interested in becoming Montessori teachers and searching for an appropriate way to honor the memory of her late father, suggested the creation...
A Long Letter to Montessorians in America, in Answer to Some of the Many Questions I Receive
[Editors' note: The following is an excerpt taken from a letter to Montessorians in America from Mario Montessori. Tlte letter, according to a handwritteit note at the top, was written in May or June of 1963.]What is Montessori essentially?A complex...
AMS at 47, Montessori at 100: A MEMOIR
The FlameIt can easily be argued that without the American Montessori Society there would not be much of a celebration of Maria Montessori, or of the Casa dei Bambini. Montessori's first introduction in tlie United States makes interesting history, but...
A Personal Perspective on Montessori Education
"We hope you can join us for an evening of sharing ideas about educating young children." This is the text I remember from a flyer circulated 30 years ago by a group of Montessori educators. At the time, I was teaching (in a non-Montessori school) in...
Celebrating Montessori Teachers
At the AMS 2007 Annual Conference in New York City, we will be celebrating the work of Montessori teachers over the past 100 years. Our Saturday morning event will begin with a tribute to the 2007 Living Legacy, Dottie Sweet Feldman. In a unique twist...
Classic Books for Children
"Read it again, read it again," cried the children as the teacher turned the last page of a book at an early childhood center I recently visited. The children's responses reminded me of how much young children love books, especially those with wonderful...
Freedom and Montessori
In The Montessori Method, Montessori devotes two chapters to discussions of discipline. She begins with the statement that "liberty is activity" and that this liberty is the foundation of discipline (1988, p. 86). Logically we may conclude that discipline...
Learning How to Learn: An American Approach to Montessori
Learning How to Learn: An American Approach to Montessori By Nancy McCormick Rambusch Baltimore, MD: Helicon Press, 1962[Editors' note: Learning How to Learn is out of print; used copies are often available through used-book sellers; prices will vary....
LETTERS TO THE EDITORS/Irene Baker Responds
As a Montessori child I remember being reminded that when we draw comparisons between different cultures either historically or anthropologically, we need to be fair: you don't compare one's best with another's worst. In reading the article, "An American...
Maria Montessori and Educational Forces in America
When Maria Montessori addressed two wildly enthusiastic American audiences at Carnegie Hall in December 1913, she thrilled the parents in attendance, but sent a shock wave through the educational establishment. Instead of accommodating skeptics from...
Maria Montessori: PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN
[Editors' note: This article is an excerpt from a book in progress by Dr. Povell]This year there are celebrations around the world honoring tlie 100th anniversary of the opening of tlie first Casa dei Bambini in the San Lorenzo district of Rome. The...
Montessori as an American Public School Alternative
[Editors' note: This article originally appeared in Volume 3, Issue 1 of The Constructive Triangle, Spring 1976.]American public education is being forced to deal decisively with many issues relating to the desegregation of its urban schools. Tlie complexity...
Montessori Education and Practice: A Review of the Literature, 1996-2006
As a university-based educator and avid supporter of Montessori education, I have often wondered to what extent Maria Montessori's work is continuing to influence education and learning in other disciplines. The purpose of this review was to identify...
Montessori Milestones
AMS in the NewsIn the simulier of 2006, the American Montessori Society archives were moved from Columbia University to the Thomas J. Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The AMS Archives Committee was instrumental in making the...
Multicultural Books FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
Children of color make up almost 40% of the population in the United States, and 70% of tlie population of the world, yet too often their stories, their families, and their communities are minimized in classroom collections of children's literature,...
One Hundred Years, Transforming One Person at a Time
As I pondered what to write for this commemorative edition of Montessori Life, I thought about how much Montessori education and AMS has transformed my Ufe and the Uves of my children.Finding a wonderful Montessori school for my daughter, Mariko, was...
Peace: The Practice and Purpose
I picked up The Montessori Method the other day, just for the fun of it. In rereading chapter 2, "History of Methods," I was struck by how many levels of experience Montessori had before she began her work in tlie Casa dei Bambini. She was clearly a...
Q&A: Conversations with Today's Montessorians
[Editors' note: In October and November 2006, the editors intervieived a number of Montessorians-to learn about their personal Montessori journeys and to hear their insights on Montessori as a movement over the last 100 years and in the years to come....
The First Montessori Century: Where Do We Go from Here?
It was 1906 in Rome, and the young Dr. Maria Montessori's star was rising. She frequently published and lectured. However, as E.M. Standing points out in Maria Montessori: Her Life and Works, had her life ended then, we might never have heard of her.Something...
The Forgotten Citizen
[Editors' note: The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Maria Montessori to All Governments in 1947.]My life has been spent in the research of truth. Through study of children I have scrutinised human nature at its origin both in the East...
The Montessori Difference
I hope you are anticipating the upcoming New York Centennial Celebration as much as I am! Networking with my peers, the keynote address by Maya Angelou, and the sights and sounds of New York City are only a few of the reasons this will be a most memorable...
What Makes a Montessorian?
[Editors' note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 1962 issue of The American Montessori Society Bulletin.]Children learn, with or without teachers. They absorb knowledge from whatever environment they are in. The type of environment conducive...
Why Montessori Works
Generations of children have lived the Montessori experience and placed their children and grandchildren in Montessori schools. But who among us really has contemplated the answer to:As we come to the beginning of the second century of the Montessori...