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. 21, No. 3, 2009

A New Model for Service Projects: Bringing Power Up Gambia to Wilmington Montessori
Maria Montessori understood that, innately, children feel connected to humanity, and recognized that children appreciate opportunities to serve others. This is an important connection that parents and teachers need to continue to nourish in students,...
Celebrating the Montessori Method
This past May I was invited to participate in a con- ference held in Città di Castello in Umbria, Italy, the town where Maria Montessori's Montessori Method was first published 100 years ago (under the title II Metodo della Pedagogia Scientifica applica-...
Creating a Curriculum: That Fosters Scientific Thought
The basis for the Montessori Method of education is so scientific that you would assume every such classroom is filled with science experiments and lessons, producing a string of little scientists prepared to fix our ailing environment. However, despite...
Follow the Poet: Poetry in the Montessori Classroom
Weaving Poetry into the Montessori CurriculumPoetry enables teachers to connect with their students in new ways. Teachers can show students that "poetry is something people do to capture thoughts, feelings, and experience" (Gill, 2007, p. 622). When...
Heading Forward
I am honored to be serving heads of schools, some of the most passionate Montessori leaders I know, as your representative to the AMS Board. Having been a head of school for more than 30 years, it is a privilege to know many of you personally and to...
Heroes
As a child I was a voracious reader. No activity was more thrilling than getting my hands on a good book and having uninterrupted time to read. I combed through the local library, reading countless books of one genre before moving on to another. In the...
Human Development in the Twenty-First Century: Visionary Ideas from Systems Scientists
Human Development in the TwentyFirst Century: Visionary Ideas from Systems Scientists Edited by Alan Fogel, Barbara J. King, and Stuart G. Shanker Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 $105.00Contemporary child development research has shed the...
Montessori Milestones
AMS Awards $46,750 to Aspiring Montessori TeachersThrough the awarding of Teacher Education Scholarships, AMS supports the growth of Montessori teachers of tomorrow. Any aspiring Montessori teacher who has been accepted or is in the process of being...
Networking as Collaboration: A Montessori Model
Montessori teachers start their days in a variety of ways. When children enter the classroom environment, some teachers invite them to sit down in circle for a moment of silence or to greet each other in a friendly way. And in another classroom, children...
That's Not Montessori
I could not contain myself one day at school recently when a parent of three children shared something she had heard from her eldest daughter. The day after Presidents' Day weekend, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (BHMS) was in session for our Lower...
The Virtue of Work
A recent issue of the NewYork Times Magazine contained an interesting article, "The Case for Working with Your Hands/'by Matthew B. Crawford. The author runs a motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, VA, and he is apparently good at what he does. He says,...