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. 18, No. 4, 2006

4th Annual Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant
Montessorians who have formulated a project fostering education for peace are warmly invited to apply for the Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant.Ursula Thrush founded the Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate and Teacher Training Center in San Francisco...
Adult Collaboration: The "Glue" for School Improvement
The act of collaboration is important when improving communication between administration and teachers, guiding school personnel to collectively clarify teaching and learning outcomes, and facilitating school stakeholders to engage in strategic institutional...
Ahoy, Matey!
Ahoy, Matey! The Barefoot Book of Pirates Retold by Richard Walker Illustrated by Olwyn Whelan Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books, 1998 $19.99Yarrrrr! Who doesn't love a good pirate tale? This rollicking collection includes seven pirate stories and illustrations...
AMS-NCME Integration a Reality
AMS and NCME are now officially one organization! We received the news in June, after many months of dedicated hard work and strategic planning.Many thanks to everyone who was involved in making this happen (far too many to mention by name), including...
A Visit to a Montessori Elementary Class in Israel
Two years ago I was in England doing some consultation work when I received a telephone call from Gary Davidson, the program director of Seacoast Center for Education, an AMS elementary education program in New Hampshire. He asked me if I woud make an...
Childhood: The Country We All Come From
Two hours north of New York City is the charming village of Rhinebeck and the home of the Rhinebeck Aerodrome, where for a little money you can fly in a biplane over the Hudson River Valley and, briefly, over the Hudson itself. My experience was exhilarating...
Culture, Race, Diversity: How Montessori Spells Success in Public Schools
Addressing the many complex issues associated with culture, race, and diversity is tough under any circumstances. But such issues become even more complex in school settings where large numbers of students speak different languages and reflect diverse...
Friendship across Boundaries
Friendship Across Boundaries Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom By Tim Tingle Illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2006 $17.95Crossing Bok Chitto tells a story many of us may not have heard...
Journey to Egypt: A Board Game
In the fall of 2005, the first, second, and third grade students in my Lower Elementary classroom began studying ancient Egypt independently by choosing to read about and research Egyptian rulers, monuments, and artifacts, and their interest continued...
Letters to the Editors
It was with our usual anticipation that we opened Volume 18, Number 2 of Montessori Life. We were particularly engaged by the article by Keith Whitescarver and Jacqueline Cossentino. Thank you for its publication. It is exciting to read a well-researched...
MAKING Sense OF EVERY CHILD
We begin with snapshots of two boys, Jack and David. Both were puzzles to their parents and teachers. By the age of 6, Jack had seen many different specialists and received a list of diagnoses including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),...
Montessori Milestones
Happy Anniversary!Congratulations to the following AMS-member schools on achieving significant anniversary milestones! We wish them continued success in the alture.40th AnniversaryBeverly Montessori SchoolChicago, ILVirginia Maciulis, Head of SchoolMontessori...
Montessori: Universal Education
Montessori education is an amazing worldwide system. I have had many opportunities to visit Montessori communities around North America and in Latin America, Asia, the Mddle East, Africa, Oceania, and Europe. These marvelous schools and their settings...
Multiracial Family Seeking Multiracial School: One Parent's Perspective
As parents, we all want our children to have the best education possible - stellar teachers, state-of-the art facilities, a supportive school community, and the availability of loads of extra services and programs. A strong diversity program sets the...
On Your Mark! Get Set! Go!
"Wake up for your marathon," I whispered, gently tapping my 8-year-old daughter. She groaned into the 5 a.m. blackness. Then, realizing where she was and why she was there, Lauren threw back the covers and fumbled around for her backpack. She dug out...
Race, Culture, and Diversity
My original column about Race, Culture, and Diversity was about how I have tried to expose my children to the multiple cultures of their ancestry-Japanese, Irish, German, and English-and how wonderful it has been for my husband and me to raise our children...
The Last Laugh :)
A kindergarten boy was arranging his letters and pictures neatly on his mat for word building. As he considered the pictures, the teacher noted his uncertainty with one showing a little girl, hands to her face, with a tear falling from her eye. "What...
The Learning Tree Montessori Child Care: An Approach to Diversity
When, in 1979, my partners and I were planning to start a Montessori program in Seattle, we wanted to take a different approach. The other area Montessori schools offered half-day programs, and as a result the children who attended were, for the most...
The Orange Balloon Project
I grew up in a relatively small midwestern town, and my community did not lend itself to learning about other cultures. There was no way to experience a belief or tradition that differed from our own, no celebrations that embraced different cultural...
The Value of Regional Montessori Organizations
Every so often I receive an e-mail or a phone call from a head of school who expresses a concern about feeling isolated and disconnected from other heads of schools. Often, these are individuals from smaller schools who feel they do not have the resources...
YVUN Celebrates Its 4th Year!
What began as a dream has indeed become a reality. September 11, 2001 brought to the forefront the necessity of educating ourselves and our children in building a culture of peace. Those of us attending the 54th Annual DPI /NGO (Department of Public...
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