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. 4, Winter

A Model for Authentic Parenting
A Model for Authentic Parenting Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self By Dr. Jim and Sonnie McFarland Buena Vista, CO: Shining Mountains Press, 2012 Paperback, $25In Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self, Dr. Jim and Sonnie...
Enacting Attention: Concentration and Shared Focus in Montessori Classrooms
Concentration is a sine qua non, a hallmark, of a Montessori Casa program. Yet, it happens that some children do not concentrate.They do not engage with the materials in the classic pattern of normalization. They are not challenged by ADD, ADHD, or a...
Imaginary Play in Montessori Classrooms: CONSIDERATIONS FOR A POSITION STATEMENT
A position statement that sets the standards for training and implementation in imaginary play is not available to Montessori practitioners. Not surprisingly, teachers report mixed feelings regarding pretend play, recognizing its importance in child...
It Really Is All about the Child: An Interview with Dr. Edward Hallowell
IN A DECADE WHEN BRAIN RESEARCH HAS HELPED US UNDERSTAND LEARNING difficulties in children, and we have seen increased media attention on the use of medications to treat attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults, Dr. Edward...
Letter to the Editors
I just finished reading the summer issue of Montessori Life, with the feature article "Montessori Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Come" (Volume 24, No. 2, 2012). Ms. Torrence restated many ideas that have been echoed in conferences, training programs,...
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
The True Meaning of Effort Mindset: The New Psychology of Success By Carol S. Dweck, PhD New York: Ballantine Books, 2008 Paperback, $16In Mindset, Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University, juxtaposes "effort" and "endowment," suggesting that...
Montessori Education: A New Era?
Awareness of Montessori education in the United States and around the globe seems to be increasing. A recent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, titled "Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000," featured a display of Montessori...
Montessori Education Can Change the World: Building a Global Montessori Movement
As this issue goes to press, I am preparing a keynote address that I will deliver in Toronto at a conference jointly organized by the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers and the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators. This year is a special...
The Cultural Subjects: A Point of Confusion?
Though many of the ideas and concepts at the heart of Montessori education are now widely accepted in contemporary education, informed individuals often don't recognize that fact or acknowledge Montessori as a source when they do. There are historical...
War and Peace and Montessori
As the confetti (and perhaps the dust) settles after yet another contentious election season, thoughts of peace, real peace, are like diaphanous curtains, too easy to see through and too difficult to grasp.Maria Montessori wrote much about peace and...
What's Up with Conference Grace & Courtesy?
The AMS-2013 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, is just a few months away. From my perch, annual conferences appear to be incubators of knowledge, ripe with possibilities for new and /or improved practices, and filled with moments of reflection and discussion....