Top Ten Montessori Videos on YouTube

Montessori teachers, parents, students and the media are harnessing the power of the video sharing website, YouTube, to share and spread the Montessori message. The following is a list of most popular Montessori videos on YouTube, based on the number of page views each one has received. I’ve included a short summary of each – have some fun checking them out!

Montessori (3-6) for the Early Childhood Years

Curious about what a Montessori classroom for young children looks like? This in-depth video is a perfect place to start. Produced by the American Montessori Society, this short film will serve as an excellent introduction to the Montessori method and how it is put into action in the classroom.

2. Montessori Elementary

As with the #1 video, this one was produced by the American Montessori Society. The focus is on older children. Two public schools and a private school are featured – all of them Montessori method schools. If you are considering Montessori for your child, this video will jumpstart your understanding of this system of education.

3. Maria Montessori, Her Life And Legacy

Produced by Davidson Films, this 4 minute snippet provides a brief introduction to Maria Montessori, including photographs of her. It also gives an overview of the Montessori method. This high quality video is the opening segment of a longer biographical film, narrated by Dr. Annette Haines, an experienced Montessori teacher.

Infant Toddler Montessori

Video #4, produced by the American Montessori Society, explains how the method addresses the developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Two schools are visited in this high quality video.

5. Montessori Education

Montessori schools thrive around the world. This lovely video, set to classical music, features footage from a Montessori classroom in Phuket, Thailand, interspersed with inspiring quotes from Dr. Montessori.

Montessori House: “Better Than Phonics”

The number of views this clip from Montessori House’s Sounds & Words DVD program has received attests to the super popularity of this series. If you’d like to see what this program looks like, this video gives you a nice preview.

7. Educating for Peace: The Essence of Montessori

This interesting video is a preview of the American Montessori Society’s film on the Montessori Peace curriculum. Learn how the lessons of courtesy learned in early childhood truly have community and global implications.

8. Montessori Madness!

This video from 321 FastDraw, based on the book by Trevor Eissler, is a fast-paced, entrancing look at the Montessori method and what makes it different from other methods of education. Fantastic!

9. Montessori Language Demonstrations

This well-made video demonstrates exactly how the Montessori language curriculum works and what it looks like. This is very helpful for both teachers and parents to watch.

10. Foundation for Montessori Education

At Montessori For Everyone, I advocate that all parents carefully investigate any Montessori school in which they are considering enrolling their child. This Canadian TV news story features some important information for you to consider in choosing the right Montessori school for your child.

Know of another great Montessori-themed video? I’d like to hear about it!

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8 Responses to “Top Ten Montessori Videos on YouTube”

  • Cindy said at October 30th, 2007 at 11:17 pm :

    I don’t know of any other videos, but wanted to thank you for this list – incredibly helpful for a visual learner!

  • montessori_lori said at October 31st, 2007 at 6:11 am :

    You’re right – you can learn a lot by watching that you couldn’t learn from a book.

    I often tell people that if they really want to understand Montessori, they should go observe at a Montessori school. But for some people, that’s not an option. These videos fill that gap nicely!

  • Amy said at November 11th, 2008 at 8:37 am :

    Just wondering if these videos could be uploaded to Teacher Tube instead of just YouTube. There is often an issue with sharing videos from YouTube. Not because there are not good things there but because of the ads for other videos đŸ™‚

    Amy Dwyer
    Tech Coordinator
    Elementary Workshop Montessori School
    Wilmington, Delaware

  • Lori Bourne said at February 2nd, 2009 at 3:08 pm :

    Hi, Amy! I honestly don’t know – you’d have to contact each of the people who posted the videos to YouTube to see if they’d be willing to have them uploaded elsewhere.

  • Sheryl Morris said at January 31st, 2012 at 4:07 pm :

    I found two videos about Montessori at the site below. You may or may not be familiar with them.


  • MarĂ­lia said at October 8th, 2012 at 9:47 am :

    Helo, look this video that I’ve made with my son enjoying the montessori mobiles. I’ve had very luck in captured such incredible moment. Thanks for yours videos.


  • Ro said at February 7th, 2013 at 4:44 am :

    Great video Marilia! Going to share with friends. Best wishes.

  • John S. Green said at July 10th, 2013 at 12:10 am :

    I am happy to have found these videos. I plan to link to one on my next post.

    My new blog is dedicated to the education of first time parents on early childhood development.

    I have a degree from Association Montessori Internationale in the 2.5 – 6.0 level. My passion is birth to three, and my favorite book is “The Absorbent Mind”.