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. 27, No. 1, Spring

A Different View of the ICE
Frozen is a Disney version of a fairy tale. It tells the story of two sisters, whose parents die by drowning at sea. Now orphans, the girls become estranged from each other, in part because one sister, Elsa, turns everything she touches to ice and is...
Being Present, Paying Attention
Being Present, Paying Attention Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) By Eline Snel Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, 2013 Paperback, $17.95Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their...
Connecting Parental Support with Student Achievement
An article in the last issue oí Montessori Life ("Connecting Homework Effectiveness with Montessori Practice," Volume 26, Number 4, Winter 2014-15) indicates that parental involvement in homework may not always have a positive outcome on achievement,...
Creating Connections & Building Relationships with Parents
Humans are socio-emotional beings- we have a strong interest in the social world around us, and any time we encounter a new situation, we are motivated to orient ourselves to it and to understand it. We want to feel loved and accepted, and we want to...
From Zero to Infinity: Montessori Parent Education in Hong Kong and Greater China
It was a hot and humid afternoon in 2006, 3 months after the opening of the Children's House at the Infinity Children's School in Hong Kong. A 3year-old boy selected a table-scrubbing activity. He moved erratically and without purpose, accidentally bumping...
Montessori Education, Technology, and Meaning in Our Lives
This past November, I was invited to speak at a congress convened by the Chiaravalle Montessori Foundation (Fondazione Chiaravalle Montessori). The theme of the meeting was "The Cognitive Process, Interactive Technologies, and the Montessori Method:...
Reaping the Benefits of Parent Education
I used to be a skeptic when it came to Montessori. I admit it. I could not fully understand how a classroom of students spanning three grade levels could learn effectively, master skills, and be prepared for their next educational steps. My educational...
The Age of Anxiety
The general perception today seems to be that children are at greater risk, facing more threats from the outside world than children of decades ago. Parents at all socioeconomic levels voice concerns about dangers children face daily: kidnapping, injuries,...
The AMS Connection
NEWS FROM THE AMS COMMUNITYCenter Montessori School Travels to Geneva for Model Montessori United NationsLast June, students at Center Montessori School (Bradenton, FL) traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in the Model Montessori United Nations...
The Work of AMS
All of us who benefit from the work of AMS should be thankful for the many services that the organization provides to us as a community. There is strength in numbers, and AMS now serves approximately 13,000 members.I first learned of Montessori education...
Why Montessori Matters
Since the age of 2 (with a brief hiatus), our son has attended a Montessori school. He is now 14 and attends St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, NY, and I am certain his Montessori education provided the strong foundation that allowed for a smooth...
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