Author Archives: Montessori Administrator

Elementary II

This position offers a great opportunity to be part of a thriving school in a very affordable region, fairly close to Chicago. The ideal candidate will be both 6-9 year olds and 9-12 year olds Montessori certified. A bachelor’s degree is required. The main focus will be the 9-12 year old classroom (Elementary II) with…

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Hands-On Materials Don’t Help Teach Math! (Really?)

Over the years numerous studies have reported mixed results regarding the use of manipulatives in teaching math to 3-6 year-olds. So, after a looking over many studies,  some scientists decided to look a little deeper.  They discovered  evidence that shows Montessori kids do better in math than kids taught in traditional or non-Montessori environments.  And since Montessori…

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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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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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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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Social Skills and Success (Or, Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned in Montessori)

A recent study published in July by the American Journal of Public Health has confirmed what every Montessori teacher already knows, that grace and courtesy lessons are simple but profound keys to success in life. Researchers at Penn State followed children from kindergarten into their mid-twenties. The investigative team found a strong correlation between children’s…

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