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 →
It is not possible to learn everything from a book, but there are are several, based on Montessori experience at home and in the classroom that have been found to be very helpful to parents and teachers during these days. They are all written by a Montessori teachers trained at 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 levels, and with many years of experience with children and young adults from birth to 18 years of age. 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.
No Checkmate, Montessori Chess Lessons for Age 3-90+
This book is not just about chess. It helps adults understand how to share their lives and loves with children in a way previously thought not possible. It breaks down the process into small bits, appropriate to a child’s age, interests, and stage of development. It also explains Montessori philosophy and practice at the most fundamental and practical way.
Surprisingly we have heard that many adults, who thought they would never be able to learn this game, have begun to play chess with friends after following the clear steps presented here.
Two amazon.com reviews for No Checkmate:
Chess without a headache! Susan covers every detail of making this game meaningful and fun for even the very young. — Rita Zener, AMI Montessori teacher trainer, Washington DC
If you are looking for a book that will help you to introduce the game of chess to your child in a non-competitive, gradual, and fun way – you have found it!
Deep respect and understanding of human development in its formative stages is a common denominator of all Ms. Stephenson’s books. In NO CHECKMATE you will find a conceptual framework of developmental characteristics along with a practical guidance in form of preliminary games and activities, gradual introduction to the key rules of the game, and more… This book opened a new field of exploration and joy for me and my two daughters! — Dmitry Ostrovsky, Moravian Montessori teacher and dad, working in Moscow
PICTURES – the color pictures you see here are black and white in the book.