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. 3, 2007

A Story for Today
A Story for Today A Little Piece of Ground By Elizabeth Laird with Sonia Nimr Illustrations by Bill Neal Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2006 (First published in 2003 by Macmillan Children's Books, London) $9.95The protagonist of Elizabeth Laird's novel...
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Did You Know?
Asthma is a major public-health problem of increasing concern in the United States.-Asthma accounts for 14 million lost days of school missed annually.-Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among those younger than 15 years of age.-The...
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Education in the Age of Conceptual Thinking: Will Montessori Rule?
A major study on school reform entitled "Tough Choices or Tough Times" recently caught my attention. Tlie report, issued by the New Commission on tlie Skills of the American Workforce (created by tlie National Center on Education and tlie Economy "to...
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Fort Play: CHILDREN RECREATE RECESS
Recess: The Final FrontierRecess beckons well before it actually arrives. Its allure can be heard in children's lunchtime conversations as they discuss imaginary roles, plans, alliances and teams, with an obvious appetite for play and its unbounded possibility....
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From the Very Beginning
From the Very Beginning The Universe series; Born with a Bang, From Lava to Life; Mammals Who Morph By Jennifer Morgan Illustrations by Dana Lynne Andersen Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications; 2002, 2003, 2006 $19.95 eachDid you know that cat-sized horses...
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Good News from the Trenches: Strategies for Success in a Montessori After-School Program
Respect for self, others, and the environment-these fundamental principles serve to guide us every day and act as the foundation for oiu after-school-care program at White Rock Montessori School in east Dallas. Within this framework, we serve 20 cliddren...
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Let's Ask Anyway
The following is an excerpt from a keynote speech delivered by Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut at the 2007 Annual Conference of the American Montessori Society, March 3, 2007, in Neiv York City.As remarkable as Dr. Montessori's willingness...
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Letters to the Editors
In my article, "AMS at 47, Montessori at 100: A Memoir" (Issue 1, 2007), there was an error that history requires I correct. The text should have read "Whitby School's connection to the Kennedy family received attention: Ethel Skakel, a daughter of Ann...
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Montessori Education Affects the Lives of Children around the World
Education . . . for what? As Montessorians, we begin each day in our prepared environments, assisting our students in building themselves into peaceful, creative, contributing citizens of the world. As heads of schools, we see this process multiplied...
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Montessori Milestones
Happy Anniversary!Congratidations to the followkig AMS-member schools and teacher education programs on achieving significant anniversary milestones! We wish them continued success hi the future.75th AnniversaryThe Barrie SdioolSdver Spring, MDTim Trautman,...
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Oh, and We Do Reading Too
"Have you ever heard about vowels?" asks Elan. "A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y," says Noah. "Do you remember what happens when you see an E at the end of a word? Have you heard about silent E?" "Yeah," Noah says, "it makes it say its own name." Fifth-grader...
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QA: Conversations with Today's Montessorians
[Editors' note: In this centennial year, we are conducting a series of interviews with Montessorians, striving to learn about their personal Montessori journeys and to discover their insights on Montessori as a movement over the last 100 years-and in...
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Telling Our Story
As I observed a holiday with my family this year, I was reminded of the ways in which communities and cultures are established and enriched through their celebrations. We gather eagerly to retell the traditional stories and impart our latest news, buoyed...
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The Good Teacher
On first reading the Montessori Method, I discovered a view of the child, and thus of humanity, that made the most perfect sense. Montessori's view, elegant and straightforward, is that tlie child is inherently good and desires to develop Ws natural...
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Transitions from the Montessori Classroom
When I was nominated to be the AMS Teachers Section Chair, my head immediately filled with thoughts of how I could possibly fill the shoes of the many wonderful people who have come before me. I kept envisioning myself following the edioes of great voices....
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Water Brings Hope to Children
A project bringing water to the Azawak, a remote region in West Africa, has captured the hearts and minds of Montessori students worldwide. Situated mostly within tlie country of Niger, the Azawak valley is a vast land, about tlie size of Florida. Inhabited...
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What to Do When School Is Out
Boy, after-school programs and special enrichment programs have certainly come a long way since I was a kid! If you weren't on a sports team, then tlie best you could hope for was to be part of a "cool" group that could hang out at the local soda fountain,...
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