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. 28, No. 1, Spring

A Long Look Back
It is with bittersweet feelings that I announce my retirement from the American Montessori Society, effective July 1, 2017.During my tenure, AMS has experienced significant growth in school and individual memberships, accredited schools, teacher education...
Books for Peace: An Annotated Bibliography
Books for children can be among the most beautiful creations by artists today: Colorful and inviting, they can range from simple to complex and often intend to teach or illustrate a concept. The subject matter is as broad as the collective imagination....
Building on the Legacy of Our Executive Director
Richard Ungerer, executive director of the American Montessori Society, has informed the AMS Board of Directors that he will not be renewing his contract. After 10 vigorous and thoughtful years of service to AMS, Rich has confirmed that he will retire,...
Caring and Montessori Education
In 1984, educational philosopher Nel Noddings made a bold statement. The goal of education, she said, isn't primarily about intellectual abilities. Instead, the purpose is a moral one, the "maintenance and enhancement of caring" (p. 173).According to...
Color Blind or Color Brave?
Companies across the United States, including the publication I work for, are taking a long, hard look at the human composition of their workforce. The questions they are asking are simple: Does our workforce reflect the audience we serve? And why does...
Connecting Montessori Practice and Entrepreneurship
Currently there are about 7.6 million businesses in the United States, a number estimated to grow to 7.9 million by 2020, fueled by entrepreneurship (IBISWorld, 2015; Bansal, 2012). How does one instill entrepreneurial values in today's young students?...
Conservation Efforts
SUMMIT MONTESSORI SCHOOL, FRAMINGHAM, MA For the second year, Summit students helped save the dramatically dwindling monarch butterfly population by collecting and protecting eggs, feeding larvae, observing chrysalides, and then releasing 24 adults for...
Five Questions
Anna MarquardtTeacher, Primary DivisionCasady SchoolOklahoma City, OKDESCRIBE YOUR PATH TO BECOMING A MONTESSORI TEACHER.My undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies and Botany. I wanted to be an organic farmer, but after working on a few farms...
"Going Out" in the Upper Elementary Classroom
Sixth grade was the time when I felt more mature and responsible. I made lunch for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children were at the hospital. I also helped the 6-9 classes with their talent show dances. Being in the 9-12...
Grace and Courtesy beyond Please and Thank You
A few weeks ago, I arrived at a hotel to check in, only to find that my room would not be ready for quite some time. There had been a pop concert nearby the night before, attended mostly by moms and their teenage daughters. Apparently, the moms spent...
Grandparents Go to School
GILMOUR ACADEMY, GATES MILLS, OH A much-enjoyed activity at Gilmour's Grandparents and Grand-Friends Day this year was having the children make tracings of the elders' hands-and then compare them with their own. (AMS-Accredited School)INSTITUTO NUEVA...
Hands-On Support for Science
THE VILLAGE SCHOOL, WALDWICK, NJ The Village School has added a dedicated "Makerspace" room to complement and support curriculum. From discovering circuits to building a 3-D printer, students come to design, tinker, create, collaborate, and refine iterations,...
Last Laugh
I was trying to teach my 10-year-old brother to swim. After an hour or so in the pool, he asked, "When do we learn how to breathe underwater?"Norbeen Baral, Pokhara, NepalWhile reading a book to my group of kindergarten students, about a cat who wants...
LETTERS FROM the Editors
Peace and Education (first published in 1943) is a clear and moving explication of Montessori's scientific and emotional response to the subject of war and peace: "How strange it is,.. .there exists no science of peace, no science with an outward development...
Readers Respond
I have to thank Claire Willis for sharing the knowledge, process, and trials and errors that she wove into the Montessori philosophy in her article "Clay in the Montessori Classroom" (Volume 27, Number 3, 2015). This article resonates for me, because...
The School Nurse in a Montessori Setting
Soon after I became the school nurse in a Montessori school, a 4-year-old boy exclaimed "STOP!" with particular urgency as I prepared to care for a minor cut on his left hand. I paused, intending to provide reassurance, and he quickly took advantage...
Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF LAKE FOREST, LAKE FOREST, IL This past fall, Montessori School of Lake Forest's Lower Elementary students visited the pumpkin patch and farm maintained by their school's Adolescent program students. The trip introduced younger students...
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