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MONTESSORI FOR BIRTH-3 YEARS, 3-6 YEARS, AND 6-12+ YEARS
1973 Colegio San Silvestre, Lima, Peru
I was hired by this wonderful girls school in San Isidro, Lima, in order to help teachers use Montessori philosophy and practice with the students. Upon arrival I was taken to the materials storage room to see what Montessori materials there might be. The head of the school, Topi Conroy and I laughed to find only a set of base 8 math materials. Never daunted, I began to teach a group of young girls the required English and maths (in English) during the morning, and a Peruvian teacher taught Spanish and the same maths (in Spanish) in the afternoon. Often the two of us would share our lunches and try to speak each others language while the girls sat with us and laughed at our meager attempts.
Eventually I was asked to write an article for the other teachers. It was clear that I was doing something different; our class was much calmer and quieter, and parents reported that the girls were more excited about coming to school. The head of the lower school, “Steve” Eckford, asked me to teach the other teachers what I was doing. Since the changes had nothing to do with Montessori teaching materials since I had none.
The article on this experience has helped many non-Montessori teachers over the years; it can be found here: