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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
Montessori education, at its best, is a combination of art and science, an exquisite balance of subjectivity and objectivity. When done well, a Montessori environment resembles a carefully crafted piece of art, a skillfully constructed laboratory for the study of life. The work of creating such a masterpiece is a labor of love and a commitment of…
Descriptors: Prerequisites, Montessori Method, Teaching Methods, Montessori Schools
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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2011
Slowing down, quieting the mind and body, and experiencing silence nourishes the spirit. Montessori educators are mandated to cultivate not just the intellect but the whole child. They recognize that nurturing the spirit of the child is part of what makes this form of education work so well. This article discusses the benefits of stillness and…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Young Children, Acoustics, Games
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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2010
The early 1960s was a critical, albeit chaotic, period for the revival of the Montessori movement, which had been recently rekindled in the United States. The success or failure of the movement can arguably be said to have rested squarely upon the backs of those founding members and early supporters of the fledgling American Montessori Society,…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Montessori Method, Professional Associations, Montessori Schools
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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2009
Spiritual nurturing includes the recognition that children have valuable ways of knowing, such as pondering, sacred listening, intuition, and dreams and visions. Children nurtured in spiritual ways of being are supported through the traits of creativity, compassion, love, gratitude, affirmation, contemplation, and silence. These attributes are…
Descriptors: Altruism, Educational Technology, Spiritual Development, Writing Assignments
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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2009
The aim of this article is to serve as a framework for lessons and experiences in grateful living. The objectives in teaching gratitude are to give children opportunities: (1) to create experiences that cultivate an awareness of abundance; (2) to experience and appreciate simple pleasures; (3) to understand how others contribute to a sense of…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Journal Writing, Well Being, Consciousness Raising
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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2008
The picture book is a simple yet profound tool for teaching peace. Picture books are nearly pieces of art--with rich text accompanied by illustrations, paintings, and photographs that speak to the spirit of the child. They are an ideal peace resource, in part because they are readily accessible for all age levels. Books can be borrowed through…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Picture Books, Peace, School Libraries