July 8, 2020

These are curious days, when we are neither where we have been nor where we are going, comfortable in this in-between space because we’ve been here so long, anxious still about when what we used to know will be what we do again. The early moments of patience (or impati...

July 7, 2020

When Montessorians talk about protecting the child's spiritual development, we are not talking about issues of religion or theology. In this practice, the spiritual life of the child is the child's nature state: peaceful, collaborative, curious, intrinsically motivated...

July 6, 2020

Montessori describes the ideal analysis of rhythm, notes, notation and other individual components of music that she proposes can be taught in our classrooms. And in our efforts to replicate the precise lessons we have been shown in teacher preparation programs and to...

July 1, 2020

Math is a language of the spirit. 


When Montessori acknowledged that the tendency toward the construction of the mathematical mind was universal among human development, I don't think she meant rote memorization of times tables or the order of operations. We are...

June 30, 2020

Perhaps the most distinct difference between traditional early childhood programs and Montessori classrooms is the focus on what is real, observable and natural in the Montessori prepared environment. Mickey Mouse doesn't live here. Pokemon and the Princesses are left...

June 29, 2020

Someone asked me a question recently that began with, "When you parent..." 

When don't I parent? 

For years, a poster hung in my house that I'd received from a children's advocacy group. "Live your life as though someone is watching," it read, "because someone is." 

Our c...

June 26, 2020

If you look through any set of Montessori manuals, you’ll see a fairly common component in each detailed description of the material: the objective of the work. These sections often include bullet points that describe the specific physical or intellectual skill develop...

June 25, 2020

What do you believe? 

No, really. What do you believe? 

About children. 

About school. 

About your role, as an adult, as a parent, as a teacher. 

What would success look like for you? 

That all children should read by four years old?

That the parents of the children in your c...

June 24, 2020

Early in my career as a Montessori teacher, I had a three year old student in my class who would enter the classroom every morning, lunchbox in one hand and bag slung over his other shoulder, pass me at the chair from which I was greeting children and flick one hand at...

June 22, 2020

We can get a little sheepish when Montessori writes about the spiritual development of the child. We don’t want to offend anyone, and we want to be clear that Montessori as a method is for all children. We’re not sure how to talk about children’s spiritual lives withou...

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