Montessori from Toddler to Teen: From AMI
A Normalized Classroom (AMI Montessori School, West London)
Stanislaus Dehaene: Montessori & Cursive are Good for the Brain
This is an excerpt from a longer talk on reading and the brain (watch it... fascinating).
Montessori & Literacy
Social Life & Independence
The clip below is from Sesame Street. It is a little reminder of how much work it is to learn how to manage clothes when we are children. But the children aren't upset by work as if it were a burden...they love it. It sustains their attention and they feel true accomplishment when they succeed. This is how self-efficacy, more essential than self-esteem, grows. In Montessori classrooms, children are given specific lessons on how to button, zip, and tie but they are also supported as they learn to manage their own coats and shoes every day.
Control of Error
Montessori materials have a built-in control of error: this means children can discover and fix their own errors without the need of adult intervention. Think about yourself. When you learn something, is it because someone else found your mistake and fixed it or because you found your own mistake and figure out how to fix it yourself?
Practical Life Overview (from LePort Schools)
Sensorial Overview (from LePort Schools)
Mathematics Overview (from LePort Schools)
Montessori for Aging & Dementia
Examples of the positive change that have happened upon introducing the Montessori approach to assisted living homes.
Learn more about how the Montessori method can be applied to empower those living with Dementia. From Brush Development, an AMI approved course.
Awesome Child Development Videos from Susan Stephenson
AMI trained from birth through adolescence, sat in on the A to I Training of the Trainers course, world traveler bringing Montessori to everyone, and my amazingly patient mentor and friend
Read this article, written by Susan Stephenson, about the child's discovery of a global vision.
Awesome, practical advice for parents of young children. No more tantrums!!!
Montessori in the Home
Guidance from Voila Montessori
One parent's experience
If you are going to invest in a video to learn more about implementing Montessori in your own home or to help people in your community (donate it to your library) or school learn about it, this is the one to buy. I have met Edison and his wonderful family many times over the years and their family just warms my heart each time. It is possible to have a truly happy home that encourages the optimal development of each member of the family. Here is an example to help guide anyone with small children.
Did you know the guys who founded Google went to Montessori preschool? Here's the video where they tell Barbara Walters that what they learned there is the key to their success.
A Parent's Perspective
If you haven't met Trevor Eissler, find a way to do so. He is a guy's guy who wouldn't go in for any touchy-feely kumbaya stuff...and his whole life changed when he brought his children to Montessori school.
AMI training is the only training I have found that consistently prepares adults to guide the child. Well-controlled scientific research has only found clear benefit to the Montessori method when it is implemented according to the pedagogy taught by AMI (the organization Maria Montessori founded). Other organizations may have individual trainers who are superb but overall, their training centers are inconsistent in preparing the adult. If you are considering becoming a Montessori guide, please do not compromise on the type of training you give yourself!
More info on Teacher Training options from Teach Montessori!
Teaching as Guidance
Use this to find an AMI school near you. You can also search for other Montessori schools and then ask if their teachers are AMI trained.
Great Montessori Links
- The International Montessori Index
- PDF Files from the Centenary Committee of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
- What is Montessori Education?
- Clinical Research on Outcomes of Montessori vs. Traditional Education
- A timeline of Dr. Montessori's life
- Differences: Montessori v. mainstream education
- A Brief Biography of Dr. Maria Montessori
- Michael Olaf's Essential Montessori
- Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood and The Discovery of the Child.
- Angelina Stoll Lillard, Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius.
- Lillard, A.S. (2006). Students Prosper with Montessori. Scientific American.