The Third Plane of Development: How Can I Apply What I Know?

Today, we continue our series on the Montessori Planes of Development with a look at the third plane, spanning from age twelve to age fifteen – the middle school years. As Gretchen Hall, Director of Training at the Montessori Training Center of New England, notes in her 2011 article How Science Fits Into the Whole […]

A Response to the Common Core Standards

The best schools are based on excellent classroom practices, have an established pedagogy, and focus on personalized teaching and learning. Montessori monitors the child’s progress throughout the year; it is not just about the end of the year assessment. Those opposed to the Common Core Standards refer to our children as the newest “guinea pigs” […]

Terms You Need to Know as a Parent: Licensing

Today we’re continuing our series Terms You Need to Know as a Parent. Terms You Need to Know as a Parent Part 3: What is state licensing? State licensing assures safety and sound administrative practices for the care and well-being of children under the age of 5. In the state of Georgia, facilities which operate […]

Google Founders Talk Montessori

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin share with Barbara Walters what they believe was the foundation for their innovative thinking – the Montessori environment.

The Second Plane of Development: Why and How

Today, we continue our series on the Montessori Planes of Development with a look at the second plane, spanning from age six to age twelve – the elementary years. As a child moves into the second plane of development (ages 6-12 years) the focus is on “why” and “how.” The child seeks intellectual independence. Gretchen […]

Terms You Need to Know as a Parent: Certification

Today we’re continuing our series Terms You Need to Know as a Parent. Terms You Need to Know as a Parent Part 2: What does Montessori certification include? Teachers are Montessori certified only after they have completed extensive training, rigorous testing and hours of observation through a MACTE (Montessori Association of Teacher Education) accredited teacher […]

The First Plane of Development: What

Today, we continue our series on the Montessori Planes of Development with a look at the first plane, spanning from birth to age six. The first plane can best be described as a time of exploration. As Gretchen Hall, Director of Training at the Montessori Training Center of New England, points out in her 2011 […]

Montessori and Education Reform

Education reform is a consistent topic of debate in local communities and the nation at large. In her article, Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate, Laura Flores Shaw, Head of School at Oak Knoll Kinderhaus Montessori, gives a thorough overview of the potential of Montessori as an answer. I can tell you […]