Montessori Minute

  • Further proof you’ve made the right choice for your child’s education! A new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology provides more evidence that a Montessori education may be superior to traditional methods of education, especially on measures relating to students’ long-term psychological health and well-being. Renown Montessori researcher, Angeline Lillard, and her team found their study to be “one more data point in a growing body of research suggesting Montessori pedagogy is better for humans than is the common model.” [...]

  • 01.06.22

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    Casa dei Bambini

    January 6th is a historical date on the Montessori calendar as it marks the opening of the first Casa dei Bambini in 1907.   What those first Case dei Bambini demonstrated so clearly, while Maria Montessori was developing her ideas, is that the environment is one of the major players in her approach. Click the link to learn more about what happens inside a Montessori classroom (links to information by program) and see how beautifully these unique environments serve children.

  • One of the more common misconceptions about Montessori education is that we let children run free to do what they please all the time. It is true that we let the children make choices for themselves, but those choices are made within carefully crafted parameters. In this one-pager from Montessori Thrive, you can learn more about how we do this at Parkside and how you can do it at home.

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    Montessori education helps your child develop independence, a sense of empathy and social justice, and a lifelong love of learning. Here, the American Montessori Society shares more benefits of choosing this method of education as well as parent testimonials on what makes Montessori special.

  • “Today we need an education that is about human development, about all the great things that humans do, because knowledge is not enough. It is about looking at children and saying: with what we’ve got, let’s create something that’s going to help them flourish.” Watch this beautiful video created in collaboration between Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and BrightVibes on how a Montessori approach to education prepares children for a life of caring.

  • 03.04.21

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    Grace and Courtesy

    If you’ve spent any time around a Montessori classroom, you’ve probably heard the phrase “Grace and Courtesy.” You may be wondering why we go out of our way to identify it as something special. Simply put, grace and courtesy is all about helping children to understand polite social norms. This one-pager from Montessori Thrive explains how they learn and practice these behaviors through lessons and modeling.

  • Montessori education is truly having “a moment” right now as more families around the world are considering alternative methods of education for their children. Often, they are coming from more traditional environments and want to understand “the difference” between that and a Montessori environment. This chart from AMI includes some of the bigger distinctions and is a great jumping off point for that conversation.

  • One of the biggest questions Montessori parents routinely have is: “How is my child doing?” In this one-pager from Montessori Thrive, you’ll learn how guides track your child’s progress, the type of assessments they use, and how mastery is evaluated.

  • In this article, the Dallas Morning News examines how Montessori schools are adapting during the pandemic. Lake Ridge Elementary in the Cedar Hill ISD, featured in this article, is a public Montessori school, and they are sharing their challenges and successes in adapting the Montessori approach, with its focus on purposeful activity, self-paced work, and independent learning, for children at home and at school.

  • In this article, Paula Lillard Preschlack, AMI-trained guide and Head of Forest Bluff School, discusses the importance of concentration and Dr. Montessori’s creation of an educational approach that enhances it in every way. Mentioned also is a book we recommend on the deeply engaged state of concentration called Flow by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi.

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