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. 24, No. 3, Fall

An Interview with Brené Brown
At the AMS 2012 Annual Conference, the editors of Montessori Life sat down with keynote speaker Brené Brown to discuss her life and work.ML; What is your connection to Montessori? We know that your children went through early childhood Montessori programs...
Connections through Accreditation: One School's Experience
In 2011, Twin Parks Montessori Schools developed the self-study for our dual accreditation with the American Montessori Society and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. A self-study involves a thorough examination and documentation...
Creating Balance in the New Age of Technology
(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)Let me start by saying that I am not a Luddite. I was the first person I knew to have a cell phone, and I was reading news from CNN on that phone when the screen was green and 1- by- VA inches wide....
Hands as Companions of the Mind: Essential Practical Life for the 5-Year-Old
There may be nothing more essential to the scope of the Montessori curriculum, and to meet the needs of the whole child, than Practical Life. It is, in essence, the catalyst for real-world preparation.Numerous observations in Montessori classrooms led...
How Three Current Montessorians Were Inspired
Intrigued by the question of how some of my peers were inspired to enter the Montessori field, I conducted some informal interviews. The following are vignettes from those interviews:Kathleen Evans, faculty member at Chaminade University of Honolulu,...
Igniting a New Year
We begin again! Anew school year awaits us! Adults and children return hopeful with renewed spirits and boundless energy!How will we ignite that passion for continued inquiry, collaboration, and community in our students, teachers, staff, and parents...
Leaving a Legacy
Passing Montessori to the Next GenerationFOR EACH OF THE PAST 19 YEARS, the American Montessori Society has chosen to recognize one Montessorian as an AMS Living Legacy. Recipients are honored at the AMS annual conference for their salient work or volunteerism...
Montessori State and Regional Organizations: Get Involved!
In recent months, we have increased our outreach to the growing number of state and regional Montessori organizations. These membership-based associations provide an important connection to Montessori administrators, teachers, teacher education program...
Observations: Past, Present, and Future
A few years ago, a colleague, who knew of my fondness for old things, gave me a lovely old green leather-bound book entitled Montessori Schools: As Seen in the Early Summer of 1913. In the book, author Jessie White describes the journey she took to Italy...
Suggestions for More Balanced Technology Use
For Schools:Schools should lead the way. Schools should emphasize the importance of play. In its February 2012 issue, the journal Pediatrics recommended that children need 90 to 120 minutes a day of unstructured outdoor play. Further studies show that...
The Last Laugh
A student was sounding out the word "desk" in the blue vowel tower. She sounded it out correctly but couldn't get the word. "Desk," the teacher told her, and still nothing registered."Do you know what that is?" the teacher asked."No," she replied.The...
What Montessori Says
The beginning of a new school term is a propitious time to review Montessori's writings, replete with statements worthy of deep consideration but rarely distillable into sound bites. The following are some of my favorites.It is not absolutely necessary...