In the beginning of March, I visited the oldest Montessori school in Mexico, Colegio Montessori de Chihuahua. The school meets the needs of children with infant communities, elementary classes, and the higher grades, including a middle school, or Erdkinder (earth children), where the focus is real work that gives the students a feeling of being valuable, and creative, responsible, original, and respected. Continue reading →
The Music Environment from the Beginning to the End It was an honor for me to be part of this publication on creativity. This article is shared with permission of AMI, The Association Montessori Internationale and NAMTA, The North American Montessori Teachers Organization.
It was published in AMI Journal 2014-2015 Theme Issue: The Montessori Foundations for the Creative Personality. This 237-page publication deals with the imagination, self-expression, language, music, the Montessori creative view of childhood, art, and contemporary Montessori research and creativity.
THE RED COROLLA, MONTESSORI COSMIC EDUCATION (for age 3-6) Cosmic Education is a view of how everything is connected. This article has been reprinted in its entirety in this book because it gives an example, through music, of how all of the elements of cosmic education physics, biology, history, geography, the arts—serve the human from birth through old age.
Montessori in Morocco and Amsterdam and with friends from many places
This has been a very interesting and rewarding Montessori month. First of all I returned to Ecole Montessori Casablanca, the Morocco school. (http://www.montessoricasablanca.com/)
Primary class “the Roman arch”, elementary class botany research
A year ago I worked here as a consultant for the classes for children from age 1-12. This year I returned to see the progress and to document a “Montessori First Year Project” in an orphanage in Casablanca we started at that time. It was quite wonderful to see the results at the orphanage and the school! Continue reading →
On Christmas night I took the picture on the left in Portland, Oregon and posted it on Facebook. It was the first full moon to be seen on Christmas since 1977. A few hours later I received the second picture from a friend in Moscow, Russia. What a reminder of how tiny we are in this immense universe and how close to each other on our small and precious planet. Thank you Valentina. Continue reading →