Montessori Minute

  • 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.

  • Here’s a creative idea for time at home during the fall and winter breaks – Journaling with Your Child, even the young child. Thank you to Donna D’Hoostelaere of Parenting to the Max and Aldea Montessori for her videos and other resources for helping Montessori schools during these challenging times. 

     

  • The Montessori Foundation, in partnership with the Montessori Family Alliance, has created a wonderful series of Montessori Family Life webcasts that offer information and support for families and caregivers. We encourage you to check out the list of topics, starting with this 30-minute video on Brain Development in Young Children, featuring local parenting expert and friend of Parkside, Carrie Contey, PhD.

     

  • This week, we offer some tips for parents to “continue the Montessori at home.” Included are ideas for encouraging independence, setting and keeping limits, and fostering quality family time.

  • In March 2020, BBC StoryWorks filmed Montessori education in action at two schools in Minnesota, and the resulting video shows how Montessori education supports communities. So inspiring!

  • Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall in the classroom? Are you stumped by some of the terms you hear your child using? Would you like a better understanding of just what is going on here? You’re not alone! Since this grand experiment began, Montessori families have hungered for more insight into their child’s day and for direction on how to support their learning and development at home, and we want to help. In this “Montessori [...]

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    Montessori Minute

    Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall in the classroom? Are you stumped by some of the terms you hear your child using? Would you like a better understanding of just what is going on here? You’re not alone! Since this grand experiment began, Montessori families have hungered for more insight into their child’s day and for direction on how to support their learning and development at home, and we want to help. In these “Montessori [...]

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Eric and Stacy Aronson