Recognition of 50 Years of Montessori Work

Susan Mayclin Stephenson first began explaining Montessori in 1971, through a school newsletter that helped families of her students understand the essence of Montessori. She has continued to write and speak, based on personal experience, since that time.

Here is a quote from the upcoming book on observation and record keeping for the primary and elementary class, Please Help Me Do It Myself:

Rather than focusing first of all on the academic work in class, when I had a meeting with parents, I showed the parents the concentration graphs for their child. This kept the focus on the value of their child learning to independently choose work, to experience deeper and longer periods of concentration, and the positive results of this experience.

I found that this was an excellent way for parents not only to begin to understand Montessori, but to look for, and hesitate to interrupt, their child’s concentration at home.  

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First Montessori Books – Special

The “First Montessori Books” series is presently on special, discounted by the publisher:


The author is a member of Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF, an AMI Montessori organization) gathering information on the needs of children and families, and working together to come up with solutions. Here is a link to this organization: EsF

The 8th book in the series, Aid to Life, Montessori Beyond the Classroom, reflects the values, and some of the experiences of this work. Here are some of the subjects shared: Continue reading