June 12, 2020

Montessori and the teachers who follow her method draw some unusual conclusions about the nature of childhood, sufficiently distinct from the traditional ways in which we think about children that we’re sure to write them down and print them in our brochures. We believ...

June 11, 2020

If you think back on some of your most memorable times with children, either as a parent of your own children or as a teacher in the classroom, you can probably remember the times when a child touched your heart, or when they discovered something that struck you deeply...

June 10, 2020

Montessori is humbling. For a method that seems so straight-forward, so simple to implement, nonintervention, passive observation, patience for the child... how can it be so hard to do nothing? 

And yet it is. We doubt the method. We want it to move along a little faste...

June 9, 2020

What a powerful message for us, as teachers, parents and advocates, to be reminded that we can offer endless beautiful lessons for the children and, yet, the children will be drawn to the one that matches them most. 

I like lilies. But I do not love carnations. I love e...

June 8, 2020

We live in a time marked by the immediate transmission of graphic images across the globe, by the witness we all bear, not as passive readers of newspapers or journals, but as engaged actors in the unfolding of a new society. Are you really surprised to see so many you...

June 5, 2020

 photo credit Jenny Sowry

We talk a good talk about the dignity of the child in Montessori, the ways in which we respect children’s choices, preserve their agency, respect the society they create. Children want to make their own decisions and contribute to their own com...

June 4, 2020

Only poets and little children... 

Five words that capture the wonder and reverence with which children experience their world, if we let them. 

We know children should have time outdoors, time with nature, time to explore water and earth and animals and plants. We sched...

June 3, 2020

Our preparation as Montessori teachers and parents can include all sorts of general advice, just like the generalizations Montessori offers us herself in these texts. We know we are meant to observe children scientifically, to offer them interesting motives, to interve...

June 2, 2020

One of the best ways to inspire parents to come to an education night at school is to promise to discuss “Child Discipline.” Outsiders, looking over our shoulders into the classrooms, could easily be convinced that there is some structure or set of rules at play here t...

June 1, 2020

My heart is heavy and I have few words today. Other people's voices should be amplified instead. Learn about their efforts. If the events of this past weekend have not affected you personally, use the security of your position to bring change. 

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