The Kodaikanal Experience, David Kahn Interviews Lena Wikramaratne

The Kodaikanal Experience
(Montessori in India during WWII) 
David Kahn Interviews Lena Wikramaratne

Being asked about how/when I began to lecture on Montessori I remembered that the first time was in the fall of 1971 at the AMI training center in Northern California. I was so very nervous that I had to sit outside the lecture room and breathe deeply for some time to garner the courage. I had been asked by Miss Lena to share the primary language lessons from the AMI training center in London (where I had studied the previous year) that were different than in training centers in the USA.

Miss Lena was one of the teacher trainers who actually worked with Dr. Montessori, so, with David’s permission, I share this interview. Continue reading

Montessori Books Published in 2023

Montessori Books Published in 2023

Glimpses of Aged Care through a Montessori Lens
A collaboration between Anne Kelley, head of Montessori for Dementia, Disability and Ageing, the Association Montessori Internationale, and myself. 100 pages.

This is a very practical and thorough guide on how to offer person-centered care to the aged. The model described varies significantly from the memory care I have seen. It will guide our staff training.  

—Ann Lindsay, MD Continue reading

Montessori 0-3 Environment, Washington DC

In July, 2023 I was an AMI examiner at the Washington Montessori Institute near Washington DC. I am sharing a few pictures of the lovely environment to inspire anyone creating such at home or in Infant Communities.

“Nido” (Italian for “nest”) is the name denoting the environment for the first year of life. It considers the physical, mental, and emotional needs for this age – such as the need for a secure attachment, appropriate mobiles, a floor bed, beginning toilet learning, clothing that supports independence and movement, and the celebration of the first meal where the infant participates as much as possible.



Learning to independently wash hands, comb or brush hair, and use a mirror to blow one’s nose

“Dressing Frames” teach the necessary skills to tie, button, and dress oneself; caring for shoes, and pouring water into a pitcher, and then into a glass, whenever thirsty Continue reading