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Henson, Rose – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2014
The world of infants and toddlers is a world of unflagging curiosity and discovery. They are compelled to go, with boundless energy, after the skills that they need for the future. When they are allowed to accumulate as rich and as multifaceted a bundle of formative experiences as possible, teachers expand the material that they have to construct…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Infants, Toddlers, Teaching Methods
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Howell, Leanne; Sulak, Tracey N.; Bagby, Janet; Diaz, Cathy; Thompson, LaNette W. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
Educational philosophy in elementary and secondary schools has often centered on creating a "product," full of content knowledge and basic skills (Bagby, 2002). However, no longer is academic achievement in the classroom considered the sole gauge of lifelong success. Meltzer (2010) suggested that the development of executive functioning skills…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Philosophy, Executive Function, Montessori Method
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Jokanovic, Lila S. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
The children and staff at Council Oak Montessori enjoy a unique opportunity to experience Dr. Montessori's theory of Cosmic Education through all of its stages--from the 3-year-old who first comes to the school to the 15-year-old who completes its Middle School program. And it makes the author thinks much more actively about how the faculty and…
Descriptors: School Activities, Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Early Childhood Education
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McFarland, Sonnie; McFarland, Jim – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
Since Dr. Maria Montessori's discovery of the true nature of childhood over a century ago, children around the globe have benefited from Montessori education. However, even parents who have children enrolled in Montessori schools could derive further benefits through the implementation of Montessori principles and practices in the home. Helping…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Self Actualization
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Bragdon, Julie – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
The author has been thinking a lot about happiness lately. This started in earnest when she watched researcher Shawn Achor's 7-minute TEDX talk, entitled "The Happy Secret to Better Work," with parents and staff. Afterward, she was compelled to buy his book to learn more. "The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Young Children
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Ball, Pearl Satarawala – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
The Montessori early childhood classroom provides a seamless web of language experiences. As Montessori teachers, they are mindful of the many ways Practical Life, Sensorial, Geography, Science, and Mathematics lessons contribute to and support Language Arts. Within the Language Arts curriculum itself, there are multiple stages of learning. The…
Descriptors: Literacy, Receptive Language, Montessori Method, Story Telling
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Huxel, Alexa C. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
What are the elements that make up authentic Montessori? Is Montessori something concrete or abstract? Are there intangibles that make Montessori what it is? Many classrooms today have Montessori materials and small tables and chairs. Are they authentic Montessori? When examining areas that traditionally make defining authentic Montessori…
Descriptors: Motivation, Montessori Method, Young Children, Montessori Schools
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Rambusch, Nancy McCormick – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
Children learn, with or without teachers. They absorb knowledge from whatever environment they are in. The type of environment conducive to children's learning depends largely on adults. Adults have always professed to love children. Less often have they professed a need to respect them. Many are the adults who believe that the role of the child…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Montessori Method, Parent Participation, Montessori Schools
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Peters, Dane L. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
Getting to know one's child's teachers will help parents know where they are coming from and why they are teaching. It might also give parents insight into the relationship they have with their child or children. This article illustrates what the author means through a story. The author suggests that parents need talk to their child's teachers.…
Descriptors: Parents, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teaching Methods
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Duffy, Michael; Duffy, D'Neil – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
IBHA, the International Big History Association, was organized in 2010 and "promotes the unified, interdisciplinary study and teaching of history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity." This is the vision that Montessori embraced long before the discoveries of modern science fleshed out the story of the evolving universe. "Big…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Teaching Methods, Montessori Schools, Early Childhood Education
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Gilder, Sharon Allen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
Numerous observations in Montessori classrooms led veteran Montessorians Pamela W. Trumble and Eleni Bokas to the conclusion that a universal need exists to bring integrity back to Practical Life, especially for 5-year-olds. Maria Montessori's observations over a century ago revealed the importance of Practical Life and its relationship to the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Montessori Method, Early Childhood Education, Montessori Schools
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Murray, Angela – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
The American public generally recognizes the name "Montessori" because so many schools across the country and around the world use the Montessori name. However, the Montessori community has long believed that misunderstandings abound. A recent dissertation study quantified Montessori awareness and identified misconceptions in particular for those…
Descriptors: Motivation, Montessori Method, Misconceptions, Child Development
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Abraham, Jerry – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
Each school, in some way, makes decisions that alter classrooms in order to satisfy the needs of students, concerns of parents, requirements of governing bodies, and other factors that need to be addressed. It is an ongoing juggling act that schools must constantly deal with in evaluating the effectiveness of their individual programs. Through…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Early Childhood Education, Montessori Schools, Teaching Methods
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McKenzie, Ginger Kelley; Zascavage, Victoria S. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
Maria Montessori was one of the first special educators. In 1898, as an assistant instructor at the University of Rome's Psychiatric Clinic, Montessori visited an asylum for the "insane" and became interested in the children with special needs who were housed there. She noticed that the children were not being stimulated; learning was at a…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Montessori Method, Special Needs Students
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Peters, Dane L. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2012
Unquestionably, Maria Montessori's insights into child development were both innate and learned, derived from her many years of working with children. Her work, practices, philosophy, and passion have staying power that, so far, spans a century and are a testament to her dedication and abilities. In this article, the author explains why he sees…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods
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