Montessori History, Part One I’ve addressed many classroom topics in our weekly newsletter this school year, but you may also be interested in a bit of the history of Montessori education. Maria Montessori (1870-1952)was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. In fact, she received both medical…

Layers of Observation If you have spent time in theMontessori classroom as an ob.server, you may have wondered why the teachers spend so much time just sitting or standing and appearing to NOT be doing any teaching. Actually, observation is a large component of the Montessori teacher’s job of teaching….

Kindness Rocks Have you heard about Kindness Rocks? This is a project that has swept our country…and made it to other continents. A woman in New England began the kindness rocks concept and has been painting rocks to leave in various locations in order to inspire people. (You can learn…

Work NOT Play! Dr. Maria Montessori was adamant that what occurs in her schools was WORK and not PLAY. Just because the apparatus is child-sized and looks like blocks…and fun…does not make the materials TOYS. It is most important to realize that the WORK that is being done is the…