Author Archives: Jeffrey Katz

Part-Time Floating Assistant Teacher

If you are looking to work 20 hours per week, or you are interested in learning more about the Montessori model of education, this could be a great fit. Hours are approximately 10:00 am to 2:00 pm., Monday thru Friday. Responsibilities include recess, lunch prep and clean-up, substituting in the classroom, along with the occasional…

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Part-Time Substitute Teacher

Do you love working with children?  Are you searching for flexible hours in a fantastic work environment?  Are you interested in learning more about the Montessori method of education?  Then this could be a great fit for you. Montessori Private Academy (MPA) is looking for a creative, flexible, hardworking individual who loves being around kids and…

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Royalty, Montessori and the Masses

The above photo is Prince William’s first day of Montessori school, with Lady Diana and Prince Charles in attendance.   The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently made headlines for their choice of schools for their young son, Prince George. They have chosen a Montessori school, just as Prince Charles and Lady Diana chose for…

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Building Self-Esteem at Home and in Montessori

Parents know how critical self-esteem is to their children’s future success.  Without self-worth, life’s pathways are much steeper and much more difficult.  Did you know that by age five, children’s self-esteem is on par with adults’, and this trait will often remain stable across their whole lives? This news comes from recent research out of the University of Washington’s…

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Measuring Montessori Practical Life

We often tell visitors new to Montessori, as well as our parent community, about the importance of Practical Life exercises, those seemingly simple tasks that preschool children love to repeat over and over.  Dr. Montessori observed this behavior and incorporated many of these exercises into the classroom. Practical life varies from “big” to “small” work,…

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Montessori, IQ and Iran

If you’ve heard the anecdotal evidence, that Montessori children are smarter than those taught in traditional environments, you’ve probably been rather skeptical.  After all, brilliant children can be found in both settings.  But what about across the board? In a study published in May of 2015, researchers in Iran examined the IQ’s of 40 Montessori and…

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Kickstarter, T-Shirts, and Montessori

  Ever heard of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website?  Many new businesses began with a Kickstarter campaign.  For example, before the iWatch, there was the Pebble watch, which raised more than $20 million online. Kickstarter is a platform for nascent businesses to share their ideas, where likeminded investors choose and then promise funds to support various ventures.  Kickstarter…

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Toys and Montessori

One of our parents (thank you, Melissa Murphy!) recently sent me an article entitled, “Why I Got Rid of the Toys.”   It’s a mom’s first person, before-and-after account of discovering the Montessori method.  It’s highly recommended reading. Dr. Maria Montessori was not averse to experimentation.  In fact, she welcomed it, for she had no theoretical…

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