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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
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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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Gordon, Barbara – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Offers suggestions for facilitating collaboration between families and schools, based on experience in Montessori education. Advocates gaining trust through regular informal social gatherings of parents and principal, pointing out that trust can help parents deal with anxiety over future academic success. Notes the efficacy of a parent education…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Capra, Fritjof – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Presents fundamentals of systems thinking and sustainability within an ecological theory to shape education to the needs of human development in relation to the environment. Emphasizes that effective learning is a system embedded in the web of life, giving humans the ability to see the interconnectedness of the environment, community, and the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Educational Change, Educational Theories, Montessori Method
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Ford, Terry N. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Gives a personalized account of the individual development of one school administrator/founder in relation to a Montessori school's evolution. Suggests that the school must consider stages of development in teachers and parents. Discusses the expansion of services to a second charter school, identifying how failures can lead to success. Suggests…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Children, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Describes spirituality as occurring when one invests energy in goals beyond the self. Summarizes research on cooperation and challenge and self satisfaction during high school and college. Identifies components of Montessori education contributing to spiritual development, and asserts that educators need to help children develop goals beyond…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Education, Evolution, Montessori Method
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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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McNamara, John – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Asserts that adolescents within Montessori environments continue to use creative imagination to develop the self and still need concrete materials and manipulative tasks. Maintains that a degree of independence must be allowed for adolescents to form the foundation for self- discipline. Discusses the importance of mastering a few areas in depth…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Adult Child Relationship, Childhood Needs
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Presents the underlying assumptions for the Erdkinder concept of educating adolescents. Discusses the importance of independence and social life beyond the family, the necessary environmental awareness for youth in the context of civilization, the meaning behind social values of civilization, and the importance of social morals, social…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Childhood Needs, Montessori Method
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Maintains that moral education should be at the foundation of educational reform and that education should prepare adolescents to find their place in society. Asserts that secondary level instruction, provided in a rural neutral environment and with opportunities for adolescents to work with their hands and their minds, will help to create a more…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Childhood Needs, Educational Change
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Considers the relationship between elementary and secondary education. Asserts that mixed-aged groups with a difference of 3 years promote cooperation and mutual support. Discusses scouting and sports as a means of fulfilling the void of purely academic schooling, asserting that organizations of this type provide youth with opportunities to…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Athletics, Educational Change
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Barker, Devan – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Describes the German land schools, focusing on the Country Home School founded in 1898 and other early rural German educational experiments as a backdrop for an examination of Montessori's formulation of Erdkinder. Recommends a systematic historical study of ideas and writing surrounding the genesis of Erdkinder so that contemporary implementers…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices
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Rathunde, Kevin – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Delineates the mismatch between adolescent needs and school contexts, pointing out necessity for more hand-and- head work for better integration of abstract and concrete processes, sensory richness, and a variety of engagement opportunities. Suggests that schools move beyond the usual precollegiate over-emphasis on higher reasoning skills,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Childhood Needs, Educational Environment
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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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