Montessori Method

Sterling Qualities of the ‘Normalized’ Montessori Child

I’ve been in Montessori (as a teacher, parent, or both) for over ten years. It’s become so much a part of my DNA that I automatically approach almost every situation – educational or not – from a Montessori perspective. When I think, “That child is normalized”, or “How can we work towards normalization?”, I don’t […]

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The Montessori Method 3: The First Children’s House and Beyond

If you’ve read the other posts in this series, Part 1 and Part 2, and I hope you have, you might have felt a little uncomfortable from time to time, especially if you haven’t ever read The Montessori Method before. It’s not quite as timeless a book as one might hope; some of Dr. Montessori’s […]

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The Montessori Method 2: The Science of Observation

Please join me for part two of an in-depth look at the seminal book that started it all: The Montessori Method. The first post in this series looked at the world and beliefs of Dr. Montessori in order to take a more holistic approach to how a book like The Montessori Method came to be […]

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The Montessori Method: Understanding the Mind of Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori’s groundbreaking book,The Montessori Method, was first published in 1912, and has since been translated into 20 different languages. Maybe you have read this book already, or you’ve always heard about it but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy this, the first in a three-part […]

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Google Makes Sense When You Think Montessori

Google is, by far, America’s most powerful and popular search engine. Driving some 60+% of the Internet’s traffic and enjoying market values as high as $600/share, Google is at the top of the search game. Today’s fun fact from Montessori for Everyone is that Dr. Montessori stands at the heart of the Google empire. Google […]

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Conference Summary 2: The Preparation of the Adult

As I mentioned in the first post of this series, the recent conference I attended in Indiana, “Unsettled Children in an Unsettled World” aimed to give knowledge and ideas about how to provide safe environments for children in a culture full of distractions. Many factors are beyond our control, but one is not – ourselves. […]

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Conference Summary I: Unsettled Children in an Unsettled World

Most people would acknowledge that children today are being raised in a fast-paced culture with more choices and more distractions than ever before. The question that interests parents and teachers is, “How is this fast-paced society affecting children?” which leads to further questions about how we can counteract the effects of our culture. The workshop […]

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Children are the Heart of Montessori

August 31st was Maria Montessori’s birthday. As I paused on that day to think about her remarkable life, I realized that I sometimes lose sight of the person behind the method. I say and write the word “Montessori” so much…Montessori..Montessori..Montessori. This word encapsulates the method of learning that I love so much, but it means […]

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An Honest, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Montessori in Action

My children and I began our school year a few days ago, and as we plunged headlong into presentations, ground rules, and expectations, I started thinking about the difference between the ideal Montessori method and how it really plays out in day-to-day situations. My last post was rather heavy on theory – and deliberately so […]

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Observation in the Montessori Environment

After my recent post on using trial and error to make changes to your Montessori classroom, one reader asked me to elaborate on how to observe children while they work. This is a great topic, because when you observe you are getting to the heart of what Maria Montessori did to develop her method in […]

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