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. 29, No. 4, Winter

AMS Is You, and AMS Is for You
Recent reflections have led me to things I hold dear. Since coming of age in the world of Montessori over 40 years ago, not a day goes by that I don't seriously wonder how I fell into this state of good fortune. However, when I was a head of school,...
AMS Partners with Education Advocates
Did you know that one benefit of your AMS membership is representation at the United Nations, the Children's Defense Fund, the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), and other coalitions...
AMS Welcomes Visitors
AMSHQ, NEW YORK, NYVisitors: This past summer, the inaugural cohort of adult learners from the Administrator course at the AMS-affiliated West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program, along with level coordinator Bev Smith, paid a visit to AMS....
An Edible Schoolyard Grows
VALLEY MONTESSORI SCHOOL, LIVERMORE, CA VMS staff participated in planting a 22-tree fruit orchard in the school's Edible Schoolyard. The students painted signs to identify the different types of trees planted, including apricot, nectarine, peach, persimmon,...
Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following AMS-member schools on achieving a significant anniversary milestone. We wish them continued success in the future.45TH ANNIVERSARYCentro Pedagógico InfantilSanto Domingo, Dominican RepublicCarmen Elvia Rodriguez de Delgado,...
An Urban Roof Garden
HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI SCHOOL, JERSEY CITY, NJ HPMS wanted its students to gain the valuable life lessons and experiences of an ecology curriculum but, as an urban school lacking a private yard, was unsure how to make it happen. The school found a...
Deep Listening with Children in the Montessori Classroom
Deep Listening (DL) is a practice created and developed by the American composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), beginning in the early 1970s. Originally intended as a set of practices to train the ears of composers, DL has since grown into a much broader...
FIVE QUESTIONS FOR Timothy Purnell
Timothy PurnellExecutive Director, AMSWHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPOSURE TO MONTESSORI?I was hired to work at the Albrook School, a Montessori school in Basking Ridge, NJ, as a summer camp guide in 1997. I was drawn to the personalized learning and fell in...
Implementing Technology in the Montessori Environment
Information technology has become an integral part of our daily lives and culture and will continue to play an ever-increasing role. Would Maria Montessori have incorporated computer technology into her classroom had it been available during her lifetime?...
Last Laugh
One of my sons was taking a bath.Mike (my husband): "It's time to get out of the tub."Sascha: "I just got in."Mike: "Okay, well now it's time to get out."Sascha: "Would you take me home from a birthday party right after I got there?"Molly Foran YurchakPasadena,...
"Making" Is Montessori 2.0: An Interview with Dale Dougherty
Dale Dougherty will be the closing keynote speaker at the AMS 2018 Annual Conference, March 22-25, in Denver, CO. His talk, "We Are All Makers," will pay homage to the Montessori belief that we are all naturally curious lifelong learners and will offer...
Miscellaneous
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTSAMS requires that holders of AMS credentials issued on or after July 1, 2013, complete 50 hours of professional development every 5 years for the credentials to remain active. Whether you are looking for opportunities to...
Planning a Field Trip
MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY TEACHER TRAINING COLLABORATIVE, LEXINGTON, MAMETTC's adult learners visited the Boston Museum of Science to learn about aspects of planning a field trip; the visit included information about professional development partnerships...
Readers Respond
Thank you for the piece on Dr. Zach Hettinger (Five Questions, Volume 29, Number 1, Spring 2017). He was my attending ER physician this last year-but first he was my Montessori Upper Elementary student! In addition to being interested in academics, Zach...
Talking Respectfully to Your Children
If you have observed a Montessori class, you may have wondered: How does the teacher manage 20 or more children when I have trouble with just one or two? If only I had her skills and patience!Having taught for several years before I had children, I was...
TEP Affiliation News
Congratulations to the following teacher education programs, which recently gained initial or renewed affiliation by AMS.BAISHAN MONTESSORI TEACHER EDUCATION INSTITUTEInitial, Early ChildhoodQingdao, ChinaCAPITAL EDUCATION INSTITUTEAdditional location,...
The Question of Technology Use in Montessori Classrooms
For most adults, technology has become an intrinsic part of daily life; for the hours they are not at school, this is also likely true for many of our Montessori students. But is the use of technology necessary, useful, or desirable for students in the...
They Will Know We Are Montessorians by the Way We Treat Each Other
A quote I have heard attributed to Albert Einstein is, "Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." When I see the world, I see opportunity: opportunity for Montessorians to make a profound...
Thinking outside the Box: Marketing Montessori in the Modern World
Today's world is full of advertising. We encounter it from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep at night, and we have become extremely good at filtering it out. So when you are marketing your school to prospective parents, you will need to get...
Winter: A Time to Contemplate
Winter may be the appropriate time for contemplation as classrooms settle and normalization whispers its presence, while parents and teachers share their observations, harbingers of changes that, in spring, will be recognized as the emergence of "the...
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