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. 17, No. 2, Spring

2005-2006 AMS Living Legacy
The AMS Scholarship Committee has named Aline Wolf its 2005-2006 Living Legacy. Aline Wolf was a pioneer in the resurgence of Montessori schools in the early 1960s. With the help of Nancy McCormick Rambusch, Aline and her husband Gerald founded the first...
AMS: Community, Power, Passion
"Wisdom is often less a matter of choosing a particular view as the truth than of combining different truths in a balanced way."- Carolyn R. Shaffer and Kristin AnundsenWe are a community of learners and educational movers and shakers, 10,000 strong....
An Interview with Alice Waters
OVER 30 YEARS AGO, Alice Waters began a revolution for organic food when she opened her restaurant, Chez Parusse, in Berkeley, CA, and she's been a tireless advocate for sustainable agriculture and organic eating ever since. And, for the past decade,...
Bridging the Gap: An International Exchange Makes a World of Difference
Maria Montessori's worldview, shaped at least in part by her extensive travels and her experiences during World War II, compelled her to speak of peace and cooperation among nations. And, though in today's world we can communicate instantly via fax,...
Changing Nutrition Standards: Eating in America
The New GuidelinesIn February 2005, the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) in collaboration with HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) issued new dietary guidelines for the American public. In April 2005, the USDA introduced MyPyramid,...
Counting the Pinecones: Children's Addition and Subtraction Strategies
As mathematics educators, we have found Maria Montessori's work to be innovative and ahead of her time. Instead of mandating a curriculum she felt children should learn, she spent time observing children to find out what children could learn and wanted...
Food for Thought
The spotlight of this spring issue is Food and Nutrition-not exactly my strength. Just ask my family! In today's world, we hear every day about the food pyramid and organic vs. non-organic. We have been inundated with low-carb, no-carb, Atkins, and soup...
From Russia with Montessori
As leader of a People-to-People tour to Russia, and one whose family history is linked to the cataclysmic history of 20th-century Russia, I feel a special responsibility to introduce my traveling companions to Russia, and Russian Montessorians to my...
High-Performance Teams
Building high-performance teams at your school or teacher education program, as at any organization, is one of the keys to success. My own experience leading nonprofit associations has provided me with a wealth of experience and insight into the characteristics...
Jump - Starting the Writing Process: One School's Approach
Alex, a professional musician, wants to write about "jamming" with the children in his music class. Sherry wants to write about exercise for toddlers. Kathy wants to write about Montessori teaching as a second career. Sunita started out wanting to write...
Let's Eat!
Let's Eat!Bon Appétit Fink, C. & Marxer, M. (2003). Rounder Kids/Rounder Records Corp. $17.98.The title song of the newest album from Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer opens with Cathy singing, "I used to think that food came out of boxes, bags and jars...
Letters to the Editors
I WAS PLEASED WHEN I PICKED up my Fall 2004 issue of Montessori Life. It was great to see that Best Practices were spotlighted. This is a topic that our school has spent time and resources on for our own professional development, and we expend much effort...
Montessori and School Libraries
Why don't more Montessori schools have libraries? In recent years, I have visited more than 60 Montessori schools in 12 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Many of these schools are quite prestigious in the Montessori community. However, despite their otherwise...
Montessorian Wins Garden Crusader Award
Gardener's Supply, an employee-owned national direct-to-consumer gardening company, sponsors annual Garden Crusader awards to recognize individuals who are making a difference in their communities through gardening. Sarah Pape Hester was awarded a $1000...
Nutrition: Education for Life
In the United States, headlines trumpet the latest diet craze, and doctors bemoan the obesity of children and adults. Frequent trips to fast food restaurants are normal for many families. Fruit roll-ups have replaced pieces of fruit, and soda and chips...
Of Meat and Montessori: One Person's Path to Vegetarianism
FEW THINGS DESCRIBE A CULTURE better than the food it consumes. A celebration of cultural diversity includes ethnic foods as well as language and music. Tastes for certain foods acquired at home in childhood remain markers of our cultural heritage throughout...
One School's Commitment to Nutritional Health
This issue of Montessori Life emphasizes the importance of good nutrition. This is an issue of great consequence, as I am sure all of you are aware. The rise in childhood obesity, and thus the rise in diseases that accompany it, are frightening. Besides...
The Montessori Life Environment
Aesthetics involve the mind and the emotions in the judgment of what is beauty and, conversely, what is not. As Montessorians we are concerned with the environment as a place for growth, development, and learning, but we are also aware that the physical...

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