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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2016
"The Advanced Montessori Method, Volume 1" was published in 1918 in English and is considered a seminal work along with "The Montessori Method." In the foreword to this book, Mario Montessori writes: "...the refulgent figure of the child, Dr. Montessori pointed out, who had found his own path to mental health, who…
Descriptors: Attention, Montessori Method, Observation, Child Development
Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Montessori discusses the importance of the calm inner life (the soul) of the very young child. She stresses the importance of the soul's self-management, the child knowing what he needs to do, and of course, being allowed to do what he needs to do. The child can repeat the exercise or move ahead according to minimal clear and precise guidance from…
Descriptors: Young Children, Montessori Method, Observation, Student Role
Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Using examples from the animal world, Montessori speaks of the natural laws of life and the phases of childhood that are different than that of the adult. The child develops independently of the adult. Montessori says, "The child is the period when man is created," and "The child is a worker." Through work, the child can arrive…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Child Development, Animals, Observation
Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2016
This lecture discusses how the careful preparation of the observer, control of conditions, and precise use of materials will allow the child to "be free to manifest the phenomena which we wish to observe." This lecture was delivered at the International Training Course, London, 1921. [Reprinted from "AMI Communications" (2008).]
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Early Childhood Education, Observation, Classroom Observation Techniques
Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2016
This article exhorts the observer to take notice of the unconscious and conscious levels of the young child's absorbent mind (infant stare). Montessori notes the social awareness of young children and suggests that their amazing awareness of people, not merely their activities, is integral to observation. [Reprinted with permission from "AMI…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Young Children, Observation, Cognitive Processes
Coulter, Patricia – NAMTA Journal, 2015
This article is placed at the end of this journal for the spiritual discussion of grace and courtesy: the child's relationship with God. It is chapter three of Patricia Coulter's new book," Like Leaven," which touches on the highest order of grace, one that comes through the child and is expanded to the parent's spirituality as…
Descriptors: Christianity, Spiritual Development, Children, Parent Child Relationship
McNees, David – NAMTA Journal, 2015
David McNees' deep foray into creativity theory and drama begins with mindfulness as a preparation for adolescent focus. This article discusses role incarnation, the correlation of the three-period lesson to Landy's role theory, the creation and re-creation of personal story and identity, archetypal heroes, and how the adaptability learned in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Creativity, Metacognition, Drama
Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2015
"Man and SuperNature" is a lyrical chapter in the 1946 London course following the emergence of Cosmic Education in Kodaikanal, India. Montessori contrasts the adaptation required of animals for their survival to conscious human adaptation. Animals exist and adapt to nature, but man can alter nature and change the environment.…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, World Views, Adjustment (to Environment)
Sawyer, Keith – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Keith Sawyer views the spontaneous collaboration of group creativity and improvisation actions as "group flow," which organizations can use to function at optimum levels. Sawyer establishes ideal conditions for group flow: group goals, close listening, complete concentration, being in control, blending egos, equal participation, knowing…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Cooperative Learning, Creativity
Orion, Judith – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Judi Orion, a Montessori expert on the birth-to-six plane of development, delivers a no-nonsense call to arms about the vital importance of the right beginning to set the stage for all that follows. Although we often hear and read about the period from birth to two-and-a-half years, Orion communicates the urgency of responding to the developmental…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Young Children
Abbott, John – NAMTA Journal, 2015
John Abbott is seeking a revolution in education that will put learning back into the hands of the learner. He writes of the learner needing to be free-ranging and weaned from instruction. He is the director of a new wave of thinkers who are members of The 21st Century Learning Initiative, which places emphasis on the skills of critical thinking,…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Educational Change, Adolescents, Apprenticeships
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
Stephenson, Susan Mayclin – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Susan Mayclin Stephenson tackles a large subject, Cosmic Education, which Montessori defined as a "unifying global and universal view[s] of the past, present and future." Stephenson takes the reader from birth to the end of the elementary age with examples of how the child grows into an understanding of Cosmic Education through their…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, World Views, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education
Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Only when we look at education from birth and follow the inner development of the child from the beginning can we truly see the child's psychological progress. Montessori states that personality cannot develop fully without freedom; even the formation of healthy social life requires freedom to associate, not coercion. The early childhood level…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Child Development, Personality Development, Freedom
Hacker, Barbara L. – NAMTA Journal, 2015
This article probes the vicissitudes of racism and how the multicultural perspectives of a Montessori preschool environment can prevent prejudices. Barbara Hacker is whole-heartedly committed to human unity transcending color differences. Racism is incompatible with a Montessori classroom that shares different holidays and cultures, builds social…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Social Justice, Citizenship Education, Montessori Method
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