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. 16, No. 2, Spring

A Brand New Cap
There is a favorite children's book of mine, Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina, that I think about as I sit at my desk at 281 Park Avenue South. It is the story of a peddler in a small country town who travels through the countryside, selling caps...
AMS Administrative Support, Events, and Credentials
Greetings to all of you! I hope this issue of Montessori Life finds you and your schools doing well and looking forward to the 2004-05 school year. As school heads and school boards prepare for future years and sometimes for current concerns, I receive...
Leading in Community: The Importance of Honoring Your Former Head
Arrivals and departures are important events in the life of any community. Coming and going is so central to life in schools that we have developed an array of rituals for marking their significance and easing the transitions they entail. Along with...
"Looking Again" at AMS's 44th National Conference
Boston's historic Park Plaza Hotel seemed empty indeed after the 1,800 Montessorians departed. The day was April 25, 2004, and it marked the end of AMS's four-day, 44th national conference, which was themed "Look Again: Think, Discover, Express." Peggy...
Meeting the Centennial Challenge: Achieving Montessori's Vision in the 21st Century
Soon, we will mark the 100th anniversary of a groundbreaking idea. When Dr. Maria Montessori opened "A Children's House" in 1907, she unlocked a door that has forever ehanged the way we look at the link between child development and education. Milestones,...
Montessori Teacher Education in Brazil, 2004
July 2003: The ProblemIt all began very simply. The Brazilian Montessori Society (O.M.B.) announced a seminar in Florianopolis, a resort in the south of Brazil, and invited Celma Perry (MECA-Seton) to speak about preschool education, and Dr. John Chattin-McNichols...
Of Scabs and Showers: Teaching Science in Middle School
"Dr. Cherath, can we please look at my blood under the microscope? I just pulled this scab and there is so much blood. Please, it'll be so cool." It was Tuesday and I had an hour long lab session with second and third year middle school students. Our...
Our Excellent Journey
Thank you to Dottie and the committee people, the Board, the AMS office staff, and most of all to the contributors to the Scholarship Fund...When I decided last November to talk with you about "Our Excellent Journey," I must have had something in mind...
Science for Babies
"...the child's mind can acquire culture at a much earlier age than is generally supposed, but his way of taking in knowledge is by certain kinds of activity which involve movement." (1967, p. 72)Maria Montessori was decades ahead of mainstream cognitive...
Speleen: Wen Doo Wee Beegin? Progressing from Phonetic to Standard Spelling
Young children employ invented spelling in their earliest writing attempts. For example, one five-year-old made a sign to take to a baseball game, "goe rdz ie mene it" ("Go, Reds, I mean it"). Initially, many adults are pleased and excited by these efforts,...
Suggestions for Montessori Science Studies
As a person who studies science and writes science education materials, I have some suggestions for Montessori teachers. These suggestions need to be filtered through each teacher's experience and circumstances.Like many Montessorians, I was led to the...
The at Risk Child: How the Montessori Classroom Enhances Learning: Part 2
This article is the second and final installment of a series begun in our last issue. The first article dealt with the aspects of attention, motor skills, order andorganization, perception, organization of work, discovery learning, and oral language,...
The Fine Art of Mentoring
Many veteran educators, who have been the backbone of Montessori in America, are beginning to retire, and a new generation of educators is replacing them. And that is as it should be. No one is indispensable, and new faces with new ideas must be warmly...
The Journey Forward
Success depends on self-confidence, on the awareness of one's own talents and of the many possibilities of their adaptation.-Maria Montessori, From Childhood to AdolescenceThe direction of the American Montessori Society has held steady through the collective...
The Teacher as Leader
I began this professional journey as a teacher...solely that (note that I do not say only). Through considerable soul-searching, looking under many rocks for what constituted my "calling" (in the late 70s we talked this way), I found it. I would become...
The United Nations: An Evolutionary View
Let us envision utopia, and thus bring it into existence. There is no reasonable alternative.-Willis Harman, Higher CreativityAfter years of marginalization, the United Nations has emerged as the world's active Peace mentor, a position for which it was...
Using Descriptive Adjective Object Boxes to Improve Science Vocabulary
Students in today's classrooms come from diverse backgrounds; according to a recent U. S. Census (2002), 19% percent have at least one foreignborn parent, and 5% are immigrants themselves. Of school-age students, 16% are black, 15% percent are Hispanic,...
Using the Regular and Semi-Regular Solids
Silicate rocks, rocks containing primarily silicon and oxygen, dominate the Earth's crust, even where limestone has lithified on top of them. The primary "unit" of all silicate minerals is the crystal lattice tetrahedron, formed with a silicon atom at...
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