Infant Community (age 1-2.5) Video
+ Maria and Mario Montessori
A VIEW OF THE POTENTIAL OF THE CHILD FROM 1-3
The DVD “The Wonderful Two’s” has sold for $40-$45 for years. Now it is available free on YouTube.
Seeing these children in action reveals the potential of the human being, from a very young age, to focus and concentrate, to act and think independently, and to respect and care for each other and the environment—changing the “terrible two’s” into the “wonderful two’s.” Continue reading →
Child of the World:
Montessori, Global Education for Age 3-12+
The e-book version of this book, which is considered one of the best introductions to Montessori for parents and teachers, reached over 2000 people around the world in July, 2021. For more information and to see the complete Table of Contents: CHILD
The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three
When a human’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs are understood and provided for, especially in the formative first three years of life, a true global citizen may be revealed; a person with a healthy self-image who has learned to know and trust others, who enjoys silence and deep concentration because the resulting joy, and compassion for others, has been experienced first hand. We have then a person who has the capacity to access the deep inner resources with which we are all born, and to nourish the lives of all beings and the planet herself. Happy Earth Day!
This picture of the author with Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, MD, Assistant to Infancy founding trainer for The Association Montessori Internationale, was taken in the 90s. Continue reading →
For a very complete review of this book
(Excerpt from chapter 10 of Aid to Life, Montessori Beyond the Classroom)
Temper Tantrums Everywhere I have worked it seems that temper tantrums are becoming a problem. In some cases a child crying “for no reason” was just not tolerated in the past and any incidence would be immediately punished. Now parents realize that it is important for children to honestly express their emotions. Temper tantrums are one of the ways young children express their emotions, unhappiness, boredom, need for attention. I hear stories from around the world that are similar:
Children cry or yell in order to get what they want and parents don’t know what to do. When the temper tantrum happens in public they are ashamed and know that something is wrong but they don’t know the answer. So they give in to the child’s demands to end the embarrassing scene.
Yes, in these situations we parents know that something is wrong. But what can we do about it? I will share some of what I have learned over the years. Continue reading →