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Hardwired for Success

by John Long, Head of School

“Brains are built over time,” says Jack Shonkoff, Director of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child. “They also don’t come fully wired.” 

1500 Montessori teachers gasped in unison while watching a videotape of two nerve cells growing together after repeated ‘firing”, forging a new strand and strengthening an existing pathway in the brain. Speaking to an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) conference, Houston neuroscientist Bruce Perry, M.D., PhD. (director of The Child Trauma Academy) affirmed Dr. Montessori’s observation that children construct themselves from their experiences.

Construct themselves?

When I first read ...

Submitted by joan on October 21, 2014

Montessori and Reggio Emilia


Proven Method of Education created by Maria Montessori. 

Believes in Children’s Natural Intelligence, involving rational, empirical and spiritual aspects.

Three year range per class in order to promote adult-child continuity and close peer relationships. 

Teacher is an unobtrusive director.

Individual and Group lessons. 

Self correcting materialsInner discipline through natural, logical consequences.     

Uninterrupted work periods. 

Enhanced Curriculum.

Focused instruction in reading and writing with scope and sequence and clear cut domains that result in children reading before the age of 6.

Emphasis on individuality. 

Studies directly shows effectiveness of Montessori method in respect to reading, literacy, mathematics and motivation ...

Submitted by joan on October 21, 2014

Montessori Outcomes



for Students in a Montessori Program



A Longitudinal Study of the Experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools



Association Montessori

International / USA



Montessori programs have grown con- siderably over the past   decades. There have been two major facets to this growth:

expansion from private to public settings and extension from preschool into elementary, junior high school, and beyond. Growth has brought concerns about outcomes, especially academic ones. In particular, there have been questions about the performance of Montessori students when they move on to more conventional academic settings. This research addresses these questions.

The current study compares the academic ...

Submitted by joan on August 24, 2014

Montessori in the Home

How to Create a Montessori Prepared Environment

Preschool & Kindergarten


The first undertaking of a Montessori teacher is to set up her classroom.  In Montessori the classroom is called the Prepared Environment.  Parents can also create a Prepared Environment at home. A Prepared Environment not only includes the physical materials, it also encompasses the atmosphere and the rules that govern the environment  (home or school).

Preparing the Environment

In the home or school for the child of this age, much attention must be paid to the safety of the environment.  It is a recognized fact that the child will ...

Submitted by joan on August 7, 2014

Villag Montessori - Una Escuela Sin Fronteras

 Vivimos en una comunidad que el desarrollo de la lectura es primordial. Diferentes dialectos se presentan en un aula y dan oportunidad a expandir la forma de comunicarse de nuestros niños. Porque es importante desarrollar la lectura a una temprana edad?


Maria Montessori en su libro “la mente absorbente del Niño” expone que la época mas importante de nuestros pequeños no es la universidad sino la primera edad, que abarca desde su nacimiento hasta los seis años. En este periodo se forma la inteligencia del hombre y la totalidad de sus poderes físicos, para ello ...

Submitted by joan on May 25, 2014

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