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. 22, No. 2, Summer

A 3-Year Study of Self-Regulation in Montessori and Non-Montessori Classrooms
Take a glimpse into the minds of 5and 6-year-old Montessori children:Interviewer:"When something is hard for you to do, what do you do to make it easier?"Sample responses from children:"Keep trying.""Look at the thing and it shoius me what to do. ""Sometimes...
A Montessori Operating System
AMS Annual Conferences provide members with grand opportunities to attend keynote and featured sessions to hear from prominent educators, researchers, psychologists, artists, and other accomplished professionals. The March 2010 conference, "Montessori...
AMS 2011 Living Legacy Honoree
The American Montessori Society Living Legacy is an honor created by the AMS Scholarship Committee to recognize individuals whose exemplary achievements have had significant impact within the Montessori community. Donations to the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship...
From Peace Seeds to a Flowering Tree: A Brief History of the Work of the AMS Peace Committee
Since the beginning of time, seeds of peace have existed in the hearts of humanity. Whether the seeds germinate or remain dormant depends largely on the environments and climates surrounding them. Over the last century, there have been a few people who...
Gandhi and Montessori: A Speech in London
Editors' Note: On October 28, 1931, Mahatma Gandhi spoke at the Montessori Training College, London. Maria Montessori (whom Gandhi had recently met) was in attendance. The following is the text of Gandhi's speech, which was first published in a weekly...
How I Became a Montessori Teacher
In 1969, I left New York City to begin graduate work at the University of Oklahoma in political science, little realizing, at the time, that it was a man's world. I was naive enough to think that graduate school would resemble my undergraduate experience....
How I Feel about Being a Montessori Teacher
Editor's Note: Issah was a teacher at the La'angum Montessori School in Northern Ghana. He wrote this piece in September 2009. He died November 6, 2009, of complications from hepatitis. He was 24 years old.From my candid opinion, comparative studies...
Is Montessori Madness?
Is Montessori Madness? Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education By Trevor Eissler Georgetown, TX: Sevenoff, 2009 Paperback: $20Trevor Eissler is not a Montessori teacher, he is not a Montessori scholar, and he is not a...
Lifetime Achievement Awards
In February and March of 2010, AMS presented three Lifetime Achievement Awards to recognize individuals who have given a lifetime of profound contributions to Montessori education:Douglas and Maria GravelDouglas and Maria Gravel worked tirelessly to...
Membership Matters
The 50th anniversary of the American Montessori Society - 50 years dedicated to the pursuit of excellent Montessori education for all children - prompts reflection on why people have been, continue to be, and will want to be part of the AMS community....
Montessori Madness!: An Interview with Trevor Eissler
Browsing on Amazon.com several months ago, I stumbled across the book Montessori Madness! and ordered it out of curiosity. It lay around for months before I got to it because, frankly, I didn't expect much from a book subtitled "A parent to parent argument...
The Music WITHIN
Music, if it be in reality an expressive language, suggests everything to children if they are left to themselves.-Maria Montessori (1965, p. 346)Providing opportunity for musical exploration is essential to any early childhood program. Through music...
Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant
The Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant is an annual award given to a Montessorian who has formulated a project that fosters education for peace. This grant was created by the American Montessori Society Peace Committee to honor the memory of Ursula Thrush,...