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. 16, No. 3, Summer

A Close Examination of the Montessori Curriculum
We all have heard the perennial question, "What exactly is Montessori, anyway?"In answering, we must describe meticulously this complex mix of thought and practice that we know as Montessori education. Is it a philosophy? Is it a set of unique learning...
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Bringing History to Life in the Elementary Classroom
In the 6-9 elementary Montessori classroom, the child is introduced to the notion of history through the story of the universe. Every year begins with this exciting introduction. It is what Montcssorians call the First Great Lesson. The teacher may present...
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Carving New Ground: Training Brazilian Teachers in Elementary Curriculum
This is a companion piece to the article on teacher education in Brazil that Desmond Perry wrote for the Spring 2004 issue of Montessori LIFE. Dr. Chattin-McNichols was a speaker at a conference there organized by the Brazilian Montessori Society and...
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Centennial Campaign Events Planned for Fall
Two "friend- and fund-raisers," intended to garner support for AMS's Centennial Campaign, as well as to provide opportunities for connecting with and acknowledging those in our community who are responsible for the first century of Montessori education...
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Effecting Change
Change comes to the universe of schools slowly, if at all, and only after perturbations that rock the firmament. Leaders come to schools, almost inevitably, as change agents: Often they are hired precisely to effect the changes that were needed but impossible...
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Global Studies - A Special Education at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
The commitment to global understanding is a hallmark of Montcssori education. At Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, students from preschool through eighth grade not only research, but experience and "live out" global cultures in age-appropriate, hands-on...
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Half a Century with Montessori: An Interview with AMS 2005 Living Legacy Celma Pinho Perry
At the AMS national conference in the spring of 2004, it was announced that Celma Pinho Perry would be honored as the Society's 2005 Living Legacy. The Living Legacy is an honor bestowed by the American Montessori Society Scholarship Committee on an...
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Helping Students with Learning Differences through the Practical Life Curriculum
For students with processing disorders, though intelligence is normal or higher, perception of language and/or math patterns or symbols is slower and less accurate than that of the average student. For them, Montessori's practical life curriculum is...
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Implementing New Strategies to Strengthen Our Productivity
Our Society, now middle-aged at 45, exists to forward an educational philosophy and social reform movement that began nearly a century ago. We live, as did Montessori, in challenging times. The thread of world peace is strained, our environment is at...
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Inspiring a Culture of Creativity: One School's Journey
Creativity in children marches to a lively beat, but adults can rain thoughtlessly on their parade by making seemingly innocent comments."We've never done that before.""That's not the way we do things here.""It isn't in the budget.""Can someone else...
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Introducing Food Preparation Curriculum: The Savory Side of Practical Life
The Montessori early childhood environment magnetically draws young children to the area known as Practical Life, but nothing makes this child-sized wonderland come alive more than the introduction of food preparation activities.Food preparation is the...
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Making Montessori History in a Long Island Village by the Sea
By the time American women had woken up and smelled the espresso, Switzerland had already passed a law establishing the Montessori Method in all its public schools. This was 1911,4 years after Maria Montessori opened the first of her case dei Bambini...
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Pickerings Make Leadership Gift to Centennial Campaign
News of AMS's $1.25 million Centennial Campaign to expand and enhance current and future programs has brought leadership gifts and generous responses from many quarters. Again and again, donors have told Centennial Fund Committce co-chairs Marilyn Stewart...
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Planning for Our Own Growth
It's August, the summer is in full swing, but yet it seems to be winding down: little staff meetings here and there, teacher store sales, last minute vacation plans, and as your new head of the Teacher's section 1 need to write my first article for Montessori...
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Research Validates Montessori Approach to Teaching Language
The importance of literacy and early childhood education is once again front and center in our country. The research in reading, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past three decades, has contributed abundantly to bringing this...
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Restoring Better Reading to Our 2 ½-6 Classrooms: Part I
This article is in two parts. The second part will appear in the fall issue of Montessori LIFE.Recently I have become concerned about some deficiencies in language, particularly reading, in some of our Montessori early childhood schools. Although many...
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Teenager from Cleveland Finds Herself Emissary of Peace
The world today is riddled with pockets of violence. Hatred and distrust influence people in many nations. Fortunately, others search for the road to peace. In her book, To Educate the Human Potential, Maria Montessori reminded us that all things are...
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The Assessment Puzzle or Assessment 101
I want to help Montessorians with the assessment puzzle. After seeing the Spring 2003 issue of Montessori Life, my mind flooded with reactions as I read the commentary about how the Montessori approach to educating children is validated by current brain...
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We Want You!
If you are reading Montessori LIFE, you are probably a member of the AMS, either as a teacher, a student teacher, a teacher educator, a head of school, or a general member. All members receive the magazine as a benefit of membership.Recently, the AMS...
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Winter Heads Retreat on Riviera Maya, Mexico
The 2005 Winter Heads of School Retreat is set for the weekend of January 14,15, and 16at the beautiful Club El Mandarin Resort on the Riviera Maya, Mexico (near the charming village of Playa del Carmen).The theme of the retreat is sharpening the leadership...
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Yoga Classes in a Montessori Environment: Some Ideas, Some Tips, Some Thoughts about Normalization and Discipline
Montessori argued that healthy children are naturally drawn to a sense of the spiritual: reflectiveness, good will, a love of work, and so on. This is the root of the "normalized child"-the positive model of health and intelligence that all Montessorians...
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