Montessori curriculum doesn’t mention executive functions but what Montessorians mean by “normalization” includes having good executive functions. Normalization is a shift from disorder, impulsivity, and inattention to self-discipline, independence, orderliness, and peacefulness.
The Zen of Toileting
“When is my child ready for toileting and which process is best?” If only there were a consistent answer in every book, magazine, blog, and parent-and-baby group conversation to this never-ending question! Every child is different, and so is yours.
Standardized Testing and Montessori
Standardized testing has been a significant topic in the broader discussion of education reform and of great interest to parents, educators, students in public, charter, and other schools that receive public funding, as well as certain private schools. Because Mountain
Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others
“The authors point to a “rhetoric/reality gap,” an incongruity between what adults tell children they should value and the messages we grown-ups actually send through our behavior…….The science reveals the irony of the situation: happier and more successful kids care
Does Handwriting Matter?
Science columnist Maria Konnikova asks this question in her New York Times article. Learn more about about how children learn to write in quality Montessori schools.
Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom
From the New York Times article, “Some educators have resisted the trend toward the ever-more embellished classroom. Montessori schools have long emphasized a calmer, understated look. Individual teachers have eschewed the pricey trend, too.”
Barbara Kingsolver on Montessori education – “You Can Do Hard Things”
The Montessori Observer shared a portion on an interview in the March 2014 issue of Sun Magazine with acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver. When asked about perseverance she commented: “There’s something I have said so often to my children that now
The Future Of Education Was Invented In 1906
From the article, “Montessori education was so groundbreaking because it was the first (and, to my knowledge), scientific education method. By which I mean the following: every other education method is based on an abstract model of the child and then derives
Why Christie’s School ‘Fix’ Is Misguided
From the article, “It’s true that we’ve utterly failed to update our education model since we were an agrarian-industrial society at the turn of the 20th century. The school day is segmented into subjects as segregated from each other as
Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence
Three hour uninterrupted work cycles enabling deep states of concentration, prepared work for the students and mastery through repetition (deliberate practice). This is Montessori. From the article, “The secret to continued improvement, it turns out, isn’t the amount of time