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. 3, Fall

Advancing Montessori in China
In early April, I traveled to Beijing, China, to take part in the formal signing ceremony of an agreement for a cooperative project between AMS and the Chinese Society of Education. The CSE, founded in 1979 and connected to the Ministry of Education...
AMS Awards Teacher Education Scholarships
Every year, the American Montessori Society awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers who are enrolled in or have been accepted/ are in the process of being accepted to an AMS-affiliated teacher education program. Candidates...
AMS Standards: A Model We Share
AMS has developed nine standards that indicate the quality of a school and is sharing these standards with the Chinese Society of Education.As discussed on page 6, AMS was invited by the CSE to assist in developing standards for Montessori schools in...
Anniversaries
Happy Anniversary! Congratulations to the following AMSmember schools on achieving a significant anniversary milestone. We wish them continued success in the future.15TH ANNIVERSARYAcademie de MontessoriJacksonville, FLMary E. Saltmarsh, DirectorBrown...
Calendar
AMS ANNUAL CONFERENCES2016 March 10-13, "Montessori: Principles, Values & Perspectives." Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL2017 March 9-12, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA2018 March 22-25, Sheraton Denver...
Clay in the Montessori Classroom: CONNECTING ART, SCIENCE, AND PRACTICAL LIFE
What am I doing? I thought the first time I watched myself heave 50 pounds of dried clay into a Dumpster. I had recently begun working as a ceramics teacher at a local community center and was shocked to learn that rather than recycling and reusing leftover...
Field Trip to the Farm
BRICKTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL, CHICAGO, IL Middle School students from Brickton Montessori took an Erdkinder agrarian trip to Shenandoah, IA, this past May, to the childhood farm of their teacher, Charles Martin. The students planned the trip themselves,...
Five Questions
Koren ClarkLower Elementary TeacherGolden Oak Montessori SchoolCastro Valley, CAWHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPOSURE TO MONTESSORI?Twenty years ago, researching local private and charter schools, I visited a Montessori school in Berkeley, CA. Entering the school...
Last Laugh
My then-3-year-old son, Shep, and I were in the car one morning, each lost in our own thoughts, when he exclaimed from the backseat, "Mama, every time I yawn, my ears go on speakerphone!"Brenda Modliszewski, Bainbridge, OHWe had a fire drill this morning....
LETTERS FROM the Editors
"Stay young , always, in the theater of your mind."-Mary Oliver, from "Good Morning" in Blue HorsesTo be a Montessorian is to engage in an ever-evolving awareness of interactions between the self and others, to actively demonstrate that learning and...
RENEWING CHILDREN'S HOUSE SCIENCE: A Study of the Past with an Eye toward the Future
In any Montessori Children's House, you will see iconic materials like the pink tower, the red rods, the golden beads, and the sandpaper letters. These materials typically occupy 4 to 5 shelves each in the Mathematics, Language, and Sensorial areas....
Taking Time to Give Back
MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF LONG GROVE, LONG GROVE, IL Students at Montessori School of Long Grove completed two service projects this past January. The extended day and Elementary students donated new socks and personalhygiene items; the socks were then filled...
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES By Paul Goble Aladdin, Simon & Schuster Paperback, $7.99This Caldecott Medal-winning book tells the story of a Native American girl who lives on the Great Plains in the time of the buffalo. She takes part in the work...
THE HEALING GARDEN PROJECT: A Perspective on Peace Education
We often realize how insignificant we are only when nature decides to unleash its wrath. In the summer of 2014, I was given the opportunity to experience what many people would call a life-altering reality check. Thanks to an Ursula Thrush Peace Seed...
The Joy of Our Journey
When I became a Montessori Primary directress over 25 years ago, I was so excited to work with young children and certain that I would have moments of tremendous satisfaction as I guided them to the wonders of knowledge. When I read "This is education,...
The Longest Runway
Models have 45 seconds to present the latest fashions to people sitting on either side of the 60-foot runway they walk. With spotlights illuminating every inch of the way, each model's gait, poses, and gestures help entice retailers to buy. There is...
Three Schools for One Cause
BRANDON MONTESSORI SCHOOL (VALRICO, FL), RIVERVIEW MONTESSORI SCHOOL (RIVERVIEW BEND, FL), SOUTHSHORE MONTESSORI SCHOOL (APOLLO BEACH, FL) The children, parents, and teachers of Brandon, Riverview, and SouthShore Montessori schools rallied together to...
Young Environmental Heroes in Virginia
CHESAPEAKE MONTESSORI SCHOOL, CHESAPEAKE, VA In recognition of their efforts toward litter control, beautification, promotion of environmentally healthy practices, education, and recycling, Chesapeake Montessori School was awarded the 2015 Mayor's Outstanding...
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