The most important thing about choosing a Montessori school is shopping. You are consumers. When parents visit our schools, I encourage them to shop, to look at other schools and to see what those schools offer. Just like buying a house or a car, price does enter into your choice, but it is first important [...]Continue
Birthdays are always such important events in children’s lives! The children at the Montessori Schools of Shanghai come to school dressed as Princesses or Princes on their Birthday. We often welcome their Parents too, because love and happiness are wonderful to share. The birth of a child is very special.
We also celebrate another special day [...]
Three mothers who are also teachers at the Montessori School of Shanghai share with us their choice of Montessori education for their children as a parent and also their decisions to be a Montessori teacher…
I found out about Montessori when I took a job at a Montessori school in the US. I [...]Continue
I am the mother of two Montessori “children” and was a Montessori teacher. I am pleased that now, as the Head of School, I have two teachers who are also Montessori mothers! Many young women “discover” Montessori when they are looking for excellent and loving care for their children. As the child grows and learns, [...]Continue
Montessori education is for the youngest child. Early childhood educators know that from birth, children learn from the world around them.
Montessori teachers know this too, and they have created classrooms where even the youngest children “learn” and receive more than simple “child-care”. Montessori classrooms are environments filled with love and security for all children, [...]
Over the 30 years I have been in Montessori education, I believe it is because of the Montessori teachers and the team of support people attracted to Montessori education that it is a truly special type of schooling.
Recently, I did an “experiment” with my staff at the Montessori School of Shanghai. I had done [...]
There are many things that go into making a Montessori classroom. The most important things are the teacher and the “prepared environment” The teachers create the classroom, making the “prepared environment”.
Dr. Montessori spent 50 years observing children and came to know that both the teacher and the activities are linked. The classroom is “prepared” [...]
It has become apparent to educators that the needs of children are both universal and timeless. The educational ideas that Montessori had 110 years ago seem fresh and relevant today for China and for the rest of the world.
A wise educator and Founder of the American Montessori Society once said, “In the future, the [...]
Speech and language are essential tools through which humans communicate and share thoughts, ideas, and emotions.Dr. Montessori observed, and modern scientific research has proven, that before age six children are in a special period in their cognitive development during which they acquire language both rapidly and effortlessly.
This ability to absorb language applies not only to [...]
What do Montessori, flying a plane and marketing have in common? Probably nothing; but then again, maybe everything.
The American Marketing Association Board of Directors accepted as an official definition of marketing "the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, [...]
Maria Montessori emphasized the need for mixed age groups spanning at least three years, that being the reason why in Montessori programs classrooms typically have children aged between three and six years, six and nine, nine and twelve, and so on.
The importance of the three-year age grouping is such that for a school to [...]
With the increasing popularity of Montessori education in China, credentialed Montessori teachers are in constant demand from newly opened and also established Montessori schools. International and bilingual Montessori schools need even more specialized, highly capable teachers.
It is under these circumstances that Elizabeth Park and her colleagues from Chaminade University of Honolulu visited Beijing [...]
Recently, a mother-to-be asked for some advice on what to read, to prepare her for motherhood. Her child is due in a few months and she is starting to feel the pressure. . Like most parents, she is concerned with making sure she will be the best possible mom, provider, caretaker, and loving. On top [...]Continue
Montessori education uses a number of terms that often are not immediately understandable to everyone. Sometimes Montessorians are even told that they use a rather insular and method-specific jargon. Terms such as “normalization”, to mention just one, still sound like cultist mumbo-jumbo to some people. When the concept of “normal” is brought up, ..Continue