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04 Apr 13
Rebuilding Montessori in Haiti

When the Peter Hesse Foundation first started Montessori education in poor communities in Haiti, it was -a walk- uphill-backwards-without- shoes-battle. It really was! Everything about the school system was the exact opposite to Montessori. While the Montessori teacher is the “keeper of the environment”, who is there mainly to facilitate the children’s self-conducted learning process, the...Read more.

03 Apr 13
Montessori for All Children

In fall 2006, Angeline Lillard published a study in Science, one of the most prestigious journals in the world, which examined academic, social, and intellectual outcomes of children who were educated in a Montessori environment. She used a student sample from Milwaukee, where there is fantastic public Montessori involvement. Many people want to send their children to Milwaukee's Craig...Read more.

02 Apr 13
Spring Update from Lynne Lawrence

This is a season of anticipation ... we have coped with the cold and the snow, and now we share Nature’s cautious excitement, ready to burst and bloom. These past months our Montessori community has not hibernated but worked constructively and hard on new initiatives, ensuring that 2013 will be a memorable year in our history. The congress in Portland, Oregon, taking place from 31 July - 3...Read more.

01 Apr 13
Neuropsychology and Montessori

Montessori education is a brain-based, developmental method that allows children to make creative choices in discovering people, places and knowledge of the world. It is hands-on learning, self-expression, and collaborative play in a beautifully crafted environment of respect, peace, and joy. It is also about brain development. A skilful Montessori teacher knows what stage a child is in their...Read more.

01 Apr 13
Montessori and Executive Function

Human beings are unique among animals in that we have we have enormous capacity to make choices about how we direct our mental resources. We can set goals for ourselves, evaluate different problem-solving strategies, redirect our efforts when meeting with obstacles, and anticipate and weigh the possible consequences of different courses of action. We can delay gratification impulses (e.g....Read more.