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. 3, Fall

AMS Teacher Education Scholarships
Every year, the American Montessori Society awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers who are enrolled, accepted, or in the process of being accepted to an AMS-affiliated teacher education program. Candidates submit a detailed...
An Interesting Mistake
In our home, we limit screen time to weekends; our children are allowed to watch one movie per weekend day. My oldest child (age 11) will go to any lengths to get just a few minutes in front of a screen, even if it means breaking the house ground rules....
A Sculpture Garden for Peace
NORTHGLADE MONTESSORi MAGNET SCHOOL, KALAMAZOO, Mi Thanks to a grant from the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, art teacher Kellen Deau and her students were able to plan a peace sculpture garden and build it in the school courtyard. As...
Calendar
AMS ANNUAL CONFERENCES2017 March 9-12 Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA2018 March 22-25 Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO2019 March 21-24 Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC2020 March 12-15 Hilton Anatole,...
Creativity with the Metal Insets
HUDSON COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL, NEW ROCHELLE, NY Dumindra Hathurusinghe's 3-6 classroom recently collaborated to compose a "Live in Harmony" collage. The project, an extension of the Metal Insets, was created using images from Zoobooks magazines. (AMS...
FIVE QUESTIONS FOR Alice Renton
Alice RentonAMS 2017 Living LegacyHOW DiD YOU DiSCOVER MONTESSORi?My husband, Don, and I were married in Mexico while he was pursuing an education certificate there. At that time-the early 1960s-there was much questioning of traditional education, and...
Growing, Learning, and Connecting
Welcome back! I hope this issue of Montessori Life finds you and your colleagues excited and joyful as you prepare for the 2016-17 school year.Just 100 days ago, we were celebrating the conclusion of another school cycle, with graduations and moving-up...
Honoring Montessori's Work with Children with Special Needs
At meetings of the AMS Teacher Education Action Committee (TEAC) over the past year, we have discussed the need for an AMS endorsement in special education. And as I discussed in my previous column for Montessori Life, the AMS Special Education Endorsement...
Humanitarian Work in the Montessori Community
Right before I joined AMS as executive director, in January 2005, the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Indian Ocean had shocked the world. I soon learned of Montessori educators who went to Sri Lanka and other afflicted countries to...
In Memoriam: MADELEINE J. JUSTUS
Madeleine J. Justus, of Bellevue, WA, died May 10, 2016, at the age of 99. Born in 1916, in Transylvania, she attended a Montessori laboratory school while at the University of Cluj, in Romania, and later took her Montessori training in Austria. In 1937,...
In Memoriam: MARGARET ANN "PEGGY" LOEFFLER
Peggy Loeffler, of Austin, TX, died May 15, 2016, at the age of 94. Born in 1921, in West Lafayette, IN, she moved to Oklahoma City, OK, with her husband, Walter, after World War II, where they lived for 50 years, raising 3 children. Peggy earned her...
Know Your Senses, Know Yourself: Connecting the Self and Nature
When I first came to the United States from my native Australia, I spent my summers at Camp Mishawaka, in northern Minnesota, where I served as the director of counselors in training. During this time, I would spend hours looking over Pokegama Lake,...
Last Laugh
A 5-year-old was reading a beginning reader to me. One sentence, "Doc and Nan hopped on the bus," was accompanied by an old cartoon picture of a man in a white coat, who clearly looked like a doctor, and a woman with a white dress and hat, who clearly...
Montessori at Home and Abroad
DUHOVKA MONTESSORI TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM, DUHOVKA MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL, DUHOVKA MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Last spring, Duhovka Montessori welcomed Joyce Pickering, AMS Board president, to their teacher education program...
Montessori Education for the Third Plane of Development
WORKING TOGETHERWe shape our selfto fit this worldand by the worldare shaped again.The visible ,and the invisibleworking togetherin common cause,to producethe miraculous.I am thinking of the waythe intangible airpassed at speedround a shaped wingeasilyholds...
Montessori Schools Honored for Green Initiatives
WILMINGTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL, WILMINGTON, DE Wilmington Montessori has been named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School in recognition of efforts toward reducing the school's environmental footprint, improving the health and wellness of...
Parents Learning and Loving Montessori Education
Parents Learning and Loving Montessori Education FOLLOW THE CHILD: THE BASICS, MISCONCEPTIONS, AND UNDERLYING LESSONS OF A MONTESSORI EDUCATION By Rob Keys CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Paperback, $7.95"Follow the child" is a beautiful...
Readers Respond
My heart leapt when the latest Montessori Life arrived in my mailbox (Volume 28, Number 1, Spring 2016). Then, when I saw "Books for Peace: An Annotated Bibliography," I was ecstatic. My deepest thanks go to Ruth van Veenendaal for the dedicated and...
Students Work for the Greater Good
As the new school year begins, I step back from the preparation of classroom, curriculum, and self to reflect on my favorite component of each school year. While each curricular area has its own appeal, community service and outreach programs have engaged...
The Hard Work of Public Montessori
One of the few constants in my life since I began work at a Montessori school, in 1968, is that people are still asking why more children, especially children from low-income families, do not have access to high-quality Montessori programs. "Isn't that...
The Prepared Environment beyond Early Childhood
Young people say, "I want some control over my life, I want to show the world that I can be responsible." Most learning environments, however, have little confidence in the skills of young people, and they tend to tell them what to do, how to do it,...
The Strength of Storytelling
The Strength of Storytelling THE DEEP WELL OF TIME: THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OFSTORYTELLING IN THE CLASSROOM By Michael Dorer Parent Child Press/Montessori Services Paperback, $24.95Over the past decade, a revolution has taken place in the fields of...
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