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. 4, Fall

A Dream Comes True
What teacher has not imagined designing a new material that gets into production as a commercial offering? Despite an unusual level of creative output of this kind among Montessorians, such a culmination remains relatively rare. But it can happen!After...
A Eulogy
St. Anne's Church, which my mother attended for so many years, and St. Anne's School, where she taught, were important institutions to her. As a person who valued tradition, she would appreciate our being gathered here for this memorial service.My mother's...
A Fire in Each Child's Eye
Looking back at everything that allows me to be a freshman at one of the most competitive colleges in the nation, it is blatantly obvious how well my parents and guardians have cared for me and how much has been provided for me. I could not have done...
A Time to Reflect
Another fall! Another new heginning of the school year. A lime of both anxiety and awe. I encourage teachers to dedicate time this season to reflect on your profession and on yourprofessional goals. I believe that this contemplative attitude, both a...
Bonding
At a close look, Maria Montessori's writings are astounding because of her deep yet wide-ranging focus. She seems to have thought of every thing and we, struggling in the field to implement her pedagogy, can only briefly glimpse the truths she seems...
Building Attachments with School Families
Attachment is the main theme of this issue of Montessori Life. As I reflected upon this topic, visions of infants and 2-year-olds with their parents came immediately to mind. I also had thoughts of adolescents and how they are affected by attachment....
Communication in the Forefront
As our work in the field of education starts a new school year this autumn, the American Montessori Society also moves forward in its mission. Broadly, our AMS strategic plan calls for providing the following: enhanced communication to all members and...
IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Ohlhaver (1934-2003)
Being a second generation Montessorian has its privileges and its downfalls. On the upside, having grown up with the methodology, seeing it in its beginning stages, many things come naturally. The conversations that you have together are easy, because...
IN MEMORIAM: Marcella Dawson (1941-2003)
The Montessori community across the country has lost a kindred spirit. Marcella Dawson courageously met the challenges of cancer during the last year of her life and succumbed to its persistence on Thursday, September 4, in the late afternoon. In the...
International Peacekeepers Day, May 29, 2003: Blue Helmets, Blue Berets
The first International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on May 29 with a pledge by Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general. In a videotaped message broadcast to peacekeepers around the world, Annan stated that the mission of the UN peacekeepers...
Lest We Forget
ATTACHMENT: TEACHER-CHILD-SCHOOLAndrew, age 6, walks up to a building he finds scary and enters a room with which he is all too familiar. He knows what is coming and tries his best to stay calm and brave so the situation does not get worse. All day he...
Marketing Your School in the 21st Century
This guide is meant to help you market your school and AMS Montessori education. The 21st century presents new challenges and new opportunities that, when acted upon, can help you achieve your objectives. It doesn't matter whether you are a big school...
Montessori: A Tribute
Maria Montessori was an important person in history and made a huge impression in my life. She was a wonderful person. She did many things that helped the world in the field of education. I experienced her methods and I thought they were brilliant.Maria...
Nurturing Healthy Attachments in Children
Mary Ainsworth added to the discourse on attachment through her study of infants and mothers in their natural environment. She identified distinct patterns of attachment that grow between the mothers and their babies throughout infancy and early childhood....
Pedagogy of Love: Ritual as a Window into Montessori Practice
The View from an Outside WindowThe first time I met a practitioner was the day I enrolled my then-3-year-old in the local Montessori school. Fresh out of graduate school (in Education) and poised to begin my career as an academic at a major research...
Precious Moments
I am honored to have the good fortune to offer a testimonial designed to acknowledge the educational institution that has continued to serve me in my life and in my higher education, School of the Woods. School of the Woods served as the foundation for...
Sometimes You Just Have to Polish the Duck: Lessons for Grownups from a Montessori Classroom
ATTACHMENT: PARENT-CHILD-SCHOOLI am continually taught important lessons by my son's Montessori education. Montessori puts a respectful, loving philosophy into practice. The Children's House classroom makes a place that embraces the Tightness of the...
What's the Attraction? A Study of Popularity in Children under 6
The social structure of the classrooms of young children is fascinating; each one of those little people is a unique participant in the social world of the classroom. One of the most intriguing aspects of being a Montessori teacher is observing the interactions...
What We Need to Know about Attachment
Teachers and caregivers hear information about attachment between infants and parents. But how is attachment relevant for childcare providers?Caregivers often puzzle about how to deal with a variety of worrisome child behaviors, some of which may be...