(Excerpt from chapter 10 of Aid to Life, Montessori Beyond the Classroom)
Temper Tantrums Everywhere I have worked it seems that temper tantrums are becoming a problem. In some cases a child crying “for no reason” was just not tolerated in the past and any incidence would be immediately punished. Now parents realize that it is important for children to honestly express their emotions. Temper tantrums are one of the ways young children express their emotions, unhappiness, boredom, need for attention. I hear stories from around the world that are similar:
Children cry or yell in order to get what they want and parents don’t know what to do. When the temper tantrum happens in public they are ashamed and know that something is wrong but they don’t know the answer. So they give in to the child’s demands to end the embarrassing scene.
Yes, in these situations we parents know that something is wrong. But what can we do about it? I will share some of what I have learned over the years. Continue reading →
This book is an adaptation of a presentation given at the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) International Congress in Portland, Oregon
(Picture from The Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, India)
THE NEEDS AND TENDENCIES OF THE UNIVERSAL CHILD The child is indeed universal and the Montessori principles we use in our work have been shown to be valid all over the world. I am going to share with you some of the observations I have made that have convinced me that this is true. Continue reading →
Hopefully there will come a time in the not too distant future that the word “Covid” in the title of this blog post will be meaningless and we shall have returned to normal, safe, healthy life. Already it is clear that people are re-thinking education because of the situation. Some children thrive at home, others thrive at school. In the future education may be very different than it has been for the last few generations. 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.