In the 1970’s I was a teacher at Colegio San Silvestre in Lima, Peru. In August, 2016 I was thrilled to be able to return. Finally I was able to visit Cusco, visit a beautiful Montessori school and talk to teachers there, visit Machu Picchu, and give a Montessori presentation to about 30 or 40 people in a lovely hotel in Lima.
Three months later I was invited back to give presentations on AMI Montessori at three universities, with Susana Chavez, AMI teacher from Lima as my translator. On the first day we spoke at Universidad Femenina Sagrado Corazon for 250 people with a wonderful response. In the afternoon the talk was given at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. 80 invitations had been sent out and 1000+ people showed up! As in much of the world, professors, teachers, and university students want to know the difference between “authentic” Montessori and the kinds of Montessori practices that are not aligned with Dr. Montessori’s plans, or her books.
They stood in line around the block in the hot sun for two hours before the talk—we needed two additional rooms and video conferencing to accommodate the overflow—and since there was not room for the 150 people still waiting outside, I repeated the talk (how could I say “No”). Also some of the attendees from the first talk who asked if they could stay and hear the presentation a second time. I think Peru is ready for AMI Montessori! My final talk was given the next day at the famous Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, founded in 1551. Continue reading →
Hawaii Montessori & the Chicago Cubs| For five days at the beginning of this month I consulted in a lovely Montessori school in Hawaii that began 40 years ago in a little Quonset hut with many of the problems of the tropics that I will not go into (like rats). Today it is one of the loveliest campuses I have ever seen and serves 171 children from Infant Community through middle school.
Middle School Since I must resist the impulse to interact with, to bond with (and then leave), the younger children when consulting, it was a pleasure to get to spend some time with the 12-15-year-olds, sharing what I have learned about this age in many countries, and to witness their excitement as they plan their trip to our nation’s capital, their volunteer work, their plans for the garden, and so much more. Continue reading →
FIRST AMI MONTESSORI PRESENTATION—LIMA, PERU On August 2, 2016, I presented a Montessori PowerPoint in a beautiful hotel in Lima, Peru. But before telling you about that I want to share a video clip of two Montessori students who gave all of us a charming demonstration of the Marinara dance, which I was so lucky to have studied when I lived in Lima many years ago. Still today children all over the country learn this dance as part of their studies.
After this beautiful and obviously very skilled presentation we were all eager to delve deeply into the potential of the child.
The title of the talk was “Montessori, Education for the Future”
It is based on the book The Universal Child, Guided by Nature, that has now been translated into Spanish as is available on Amazon El Nino Universal