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. 20, No. 3, 2008

Ancient Ways and Lessons Learned: What Montessorians Can Understand from Native Educators
Maria Montessori envisioned an educational approach that could serve as a transformative agent for peaceful and positive change in the world; in fact, she dedicated her adult life to perfecting teaching methods and strategies congruent with that vision...
Educating Families: One Man's Perspective
As the new Families Section representative to the AMS Board, I am writing my first column for Montessori Life, and I want to start by introducing myself. I am a finance professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. My wife and I have...
Establishing Social Justice through Peace
What an opportunity we will have in New Orleans, at the AMS 2009 Annual Conference, February 26-March 1, and at the Peace Retreat immediately following, March 1-March 4. Each of us will have the chance to participate in the healing process taking place...
Montessori Education and Social Responsibility: Imagining Our Future
I've seen that there is no more powerful way to initiate significant change . . . [than through] a community discovering what it cares about.- Margaret J. Wheatley, writer and management consultantWe would literally astound ourselves if we did everything...
Montessori Milestones
Montessori Life Wins Distinguished Achievement AwardOn June 6, at a ceremony in Washington, DC, Montessori Life was honored with an Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) award, recognizing the best in educational materials. The journal was granted...
One Hen
Bite-Size Book Reviews By Kathy Carey One Hen By Katie Smith Milway Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press. (2008) $18.95One Hen, based on the true story of Kwabena (Kojo) Darko, a poor boy from Ghana, deals with the basic principle...
One Woman's Contribution
It was August 1990, and I was landing at the Honolulu airport. I was excited, but also a little nervous. I had first discovered Montessori education while living in Hawaii about 13 years earlier and had since earned my Early Childhood and Elementary...
Our Time
You may be familiar with the 70s British rock band Queen; I was not until recently when I paid closer attention to an ad on television. I was struck by the words: "I want it all. . . . And I want it now." This particular ad was for a soft drink. Later...
Reflections on the Internationality of Montessori Education
One of the major components of Dr. Montessori's plan for peace education is a curriculum that de-emphasizes nationalism. The "big picture" of the cultural curriculum encourages the perspective that we are citizens of Earth first, and only secondarily...
Social Justice: A Perspective
Recently, I had the pleasure of having dinner and conversation with Lakshmi Kripalani, accom- plished Montessori educator and octogenarian. Lakshmi, against the wishes of her parents, founded the New India School in Karachi (now Pakistan, but at that...
The Effects of Music Instruction on Learning in the Montessori Classroom
The value of music in educating the young child is not being recognized, particularly in the area of mathematics. Despite the amount of literature available regarding the effects of music instruction on academic achievement, little has been written on...
Where Is Everybody? Valorization in a World That Could Be
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in the next 30 years, more people in this world will have been formally educated than in all of recorded history. But we do not appear, at least yet, to be making...
Words of Wisdom: The Prepared Environment
Planning the Montessori prepared environment happens well before teachers first enter the classroom. Their best ideas might occur in the middle of the night, while stuck in traffic on the highway, when bouncing ideas off fellow teachers, or quietly sitting...