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O'Shaughnessy, Molly; Patell, Hilla – NAMTA Journal, 2016
In this interview conducted at the NAMTA conference, "Observation: The Key to Unlocking the Child's Potential", Molly O'Shaughnessy discusses the history of observation with Hilla Patell. Patell shares stories of the people who were instrumental in creating a culture of observation as an ongoing discipline to be practiced. She goes on to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Observation, Child Development, Montessori Method
NAMTA Journal, 2013
This article provides an interview transcript between David Kahn and Mario Montessori (1898-1982), son of Dr. Maria Montessori. Mario Montessori dedicated his life to the preservation, dissemination and application of Montessori's works. Herein Kahn asks Montessori about his time living in the hills of Kodaikanal, India. Montessori touches upon…
Descriptors: Interviews, Montessori Method, Elementary Education, Holistic Approach
Peller, Lili E. – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Lili Peller's "The Children's House" essay begins where Maria Montessori left off in her description of space articulations. Peller does not name Montessori specifically as she always had a desire to become independent in her own right as a neo-Freudian child analyst. But the Haus Der Kinder founded in summer of 1922 suggests a total…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Educational Facilities, Educational Environment, Psychiatry
Rogers, Jennifer – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Jennifer Rogers writes with apt and lyrical snippets from her perspective as a Montessori parent and from her long history as a primary guide. This short piece examines the word "grace" from multiple facets and serves as a meditation that uplifts and reminds us "that the life of a child is a gift."
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Spiritual Development, Religion
Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2013
This piece of writing addresses the "boundless" garden created through the web of foresight and patience combined with the spontaneous activity necessary for growing food and harvesting the bounty. Most will be familiar with this unique writing by Montessori who suggests that it is not the work and actual produce of the garden but the…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Montessori Method, Outdoor Education, Food
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Describes evolution of the Montessori perspective as Montessori adolescent programs attempt to reinforce the elementary and early childhood stages. Asserts that although development of these programs is experimental and undefined, a crystallization point around the whole of Montessori may occur amid diverse implementation. Asserts that Montessori…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Child Development, Educational Environment, Educational Principles
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Baker, Kay M. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Asserts that although there are distinct characteristics to each of Montessori's planes of development, there is no separation, especially between early childhood and childhood. Suggests that these first two planes of education could fall under one "Children's House," and points to the path of responsibility and the steps toward living in society…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy
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Hall, Liz – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Discusses how orienting a student to a Primary Montessori program is influenced by the child's experience in an Assistants to Infancy program. Maintains that introducing the zero-to-three sub plane changes the overall character of a school, requiring a new theory-practice framework for parent education, the role of the school in all-day programs,…
Descriptors: Child Development, Day Care, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education
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Ludick, Pat – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Draws on a comparison of the characteristics of early childhood and early adolescence to comment on the culture of civility for adolescents. Discusses how Montessori adolescent psychology reiterates the role of the environment, the importance of work, the mindfulness of movement, the savoring of silence, the beauty of language, lessons in grace…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Development, Adolescents
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Haines, Annette M. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Describes in operational terms the benefits of Montessori's developmental perspective for children from birth to 3 years, and from 3 to 6 years. Identifies optimal outcomes for social, moral, cognitive, and emotional development to be used in educational and psychological research and for child assessment. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Describes a combination day care/Montessori school in London during World War II to illustrate how Montessori principles of order, care, and respect can exist through the environment and throughout the day. Suggests a family-like situation for non- classroom time, discussing meals as social occasions, the importance of grooming, playtime, the use…
Descriptors: Child Development, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses the basic discoveries of Montessori's Casa dei Bambini. Considers principles of Montessori's organizing theory: the absorbent mind, the unfolding nature of life, the spiritual embryo, self-construction, acquisition of culture, creativity of life, repetition of exercise, freedom within limits, children's discovery of knowledge, the secret…
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Educational Practices
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Maintains that children find their place in the world most securely by seeing themselves as part of the continuing work of creation. Considers how human tendencies, such as exploration, orientation, order, imagination, abstract thought, precision, repetition, self-control, and communication, allow humans to use the environment to meet various…
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Children, Individual Development
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Describes how the Absorbent Mind uses human tendencies during the first 6 years of life to construct one's own individual self. Maintains that the adult's task is to form the link between the child and the environment so that the human tendencies to explore, orient, order, work, repeat, control errors, be exact, create, invent, and communicate can…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses the four planes of development and the periods of creation and crystallization within each plane. Identifies the type of independence that should be achieved by the end of the first two planes of development. Maintains that it is through individual work on the environment that one achieves independence. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Child Development, Children, Cognitive Development
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