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We understand that there's a lot of content to read and watch about Montessori and early years education. The following videos are taken from our YouTube channel & are a good starting point for developing your own view & understanding.

Living Montessori: The Parent Perspective
A great video from the American Montessori Society. Parents tell you, in their own words, what makes Montessori education special. Go “beyond 2+2” and see the difference that Montessori can make in your child’s life

Dr Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education
Get a good understanding of the principles and science behind Montessori in under 4 minutes.

Montessori Madness
The father of three Montessori students, a business jet pilot, author, and international speaker, Trevor Eissler provides a quick overview on Montessori and the differences with traditional or mainstream education.
You can learn more about Trevor over at his website http://www.montessorimadness.com/

Montessori Principles
A brief overview of the principles of Montessori education.

LET THE CHILD BE THE GUIDE
As a young father, watching his daughter go through her life experiences, film director Alexandre Mourot discovered the Montessori approach and decided to set his camera up in a children’s house (3 to 6 years of age) in the oldest Montessori school in France.
Alexandre was warmly welcomed in a surprisingly calm and peaceful environment, filled with flowers, fruits and Montessori materials. He met happy children, who were free to move about, working alone or in small groups. The teacher remained very discreet. Some children were reading, others were making bread, doing division, laughing or sleeping.

The children guided the film director throughout the whole school year, helping him to understand the magic of their autonomy and self-esteem – the seeds of a new society of peace and freedom, which Maria Montessori dedicated her life work to. Read about this feature film. 

Looking to Montessori to Guide Education Reform: Anna Lee at TEDxMidA

Anna Lee has been described as an "educator to the bone." Lee is a first generation Korean-American from the DC region. She believes that the human potential begins within the hands of a child. In 2010, she was appointed the Director of Education at Meadows Montessori in Frederick. With thirteen years experience teaching Montessori, her dedication to early childhood education spans far beyond her years. She has also served as an Intensive Individual Support counsellor for Autistic teens. An avid world traveller, she advocates and consults for Montessori programs for schools all over the world.

For more curated Montessori content, visit our YouTube Channel  or watch our introduction to Montessori playlist below. 

Articles from the Web

Nature Journalling for Little Ones

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The Victorian Government is hosting its first free virtual nature festival from 28 September – 11 October 2020. Meet Victoria’s park rangers online, take a virtual tour of the zoo, learn about Dja Dja Wurrung’s work on Country or check out a webinar about nature and science. These events look interesting for Preschoolers: 28 September Become […]

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Mindfulness for Kids

How to Meditate with Your Kids By teaching children meditation and mindfulness skills we help them increase their well-being and enable them to meet the stresses of the world with presence, self-compassion, and openness. In order to help kids of all ages find their way into practicing mindfulness, it can be helpful to give them […]

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A Monument for Children

In honor of Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday, an Italian architect and artist named Matteo Ferroni is crafting a sculpture of her as a monument for children. The sculpture will live in a public square in Perugia, Italy—known as a “Montessori City” because of the training center that Maria founded there in 1950, and because today, 1 […]

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Can Montessori Be Taught Online?

Maria Montessori herself believed that education should be a pliable concept—one that is flexible and can be adapted to meet not only the needs of the child, but the constraints of the environment as well. With the current public health crisis and resulting school closures, you might be asking yourself whether or not Montessori can […]

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Brain Matters

Carlota Nelson, in her ground-breaking documentary, answers these questions in an enlightening globe-trotting journey about what truly helps make children realize their full potential. BRAIN MATTERS reveals that learning begins way before children go to school and that it’s the experiences children are exposed to that determine their chances for future success. Everyday situations such […]

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Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body

A growing understanding of how responsive relationships and language-rich experiences for young children help build a strong foundation for later success in school has driven increased investment and sparked innovation in early learning around the world. The rapidly advancing frontiers of 21st-century biological sciences now provide compelling evidence that the foundations of lifelong health are […]

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Montessori Classroom Principles Work at Home, Too!

A Montessori child chooses independent geography work using simple, screen-free materials at home. As we continue to work and learn during school closures, it is helpful to remember a few simple Montessori classroom principles that can be applied at home. Time In Montessori classrooms, children are not rushed—there is an uninterrupted work period all morning […]

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5 Ways Montessori Can Support Social Distancing

Schools across the country are desperately trying to work out how social distancing could work this winter and into spring. With no timescale for when the Covid-19 crisis will end, it is not just a question of meeting government guidelines but allaying the fears of parents now and well into the future. Many people will […]

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Distance Learning in Times of Disaster

By Letty Rising and Elizabeth Slade Without warning, children across the country have experienced a dramatic shift in how they participate in daily learning. In addition, children who relied on social service connections and food service programs provided at school were suddenly without these essential resources.   Educators have put their heads together to experiment […]

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Does Montessori Ever Close?

Human Tendencies In A Time Of Pandemic   No seriously, bear with me here. Of course Montessori doesn’t ever close, right? Because Montessori is about serving life and serving the child. Its not about classrooms and schools, even though that’s where we tend to practice it. So if Montessori never closes, what do Montessori people […]

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Interactive Online Montessori Tools

Software engineer’s Ryan Nevius of Montessori.tools and Rivkah Schack and Moshe Uminer of https://virtualmontessorimaterials.com/ are in the process of creating interactive online Montessori tools to support Montessori educators, students and parents worldwide during the COVID-19 lockdown. What a great initiative ! Visit: https://montessori.tools https://virtualmontessorimaterials.com/   

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COVID-19 – We Are One Global Family

The Coronavirus is a Stark Reminder We Are One Global Family An Article by: Andrew Kutt What a difference a month makes.  The whole world is reacting to a pandemic of a previously unknown virus.  It’s an emergency on a global scale, dominating every news cycle. It’s the subject of conversations over coffee counters at 7-11 […]

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“Hello! I am the Coronavirus”

Dear families and educators, Manuela Molina from Mindheart has built this short book for children between 2 and 7 years old with the purpose of anticipating and accompanying the emotional world of children against the COVID-19 virus. This resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information but rather a tool based on […]

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Time’s Woman of the Year – Maria Montessori

In thousands of classrooms around the world, as children work independently to solve math problems with beads and learn the alphabet with sandpaper letters, their activities can be traced back a century to Maria Montessori’s radical educational philosophy. One of the first female physicians in Italy, Montessori developed early-childhood teaching methods that made the student a respected […]

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5 Montessori Ways to Show Love

As parents, our interest in Montessori comes always from a place of love–expressed as a desire to provide the best environment possible for our baby’s learning! Montessori is sometimes known as “education for peace,” which intimately connects it with love. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori curriculum and an expert on early childhood development, […]

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Montessori Movie – Melbourne Premiere

The first ever documentary film on Montessori education – as lived by the children themselves. Director Alexandre Mourot spends a year filming a class in which students direct their own learning. As a young father, watching his daughter go through her life experiences, Mourot discovered the Montessori approach and decided to set his camera up […]

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How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

What’s the best way to motivate children? The intrinsic motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This type of motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that parents and practitioners can use to promote positive […]

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The Brain Circuits Underlying Motivation

What is motivation? The brain systems that govern motivation are built over time, starting in the earliest years of development. These intricate neural circuits and structures are shaped by interactions between the experiences we have and the genes we are born with, which together influence both how our motivation systems develop and how they function […]

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Planes of Development

Dr Montessori outlined four consecutive planes, or stages, of development from birth to maturity, each plane spanning approximately six-years. At each plane of development children and young people display intellectual powers, social orientations and creative potential unique to that stage. Each plane is characterised by the way children in that plane learn, building on the […]

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Packing School Lunches

Montessori-Inspired Tips to Get Preschool Kids Involved in Making Lunches Tips abound online on what healthy foods to pack into your preschooler’s school lunch (see articles here, here, here, here—or just Google “packing school lunches”), yet rarely does anyone ask the question of who should be packing the lunch. What can and should your child’s […]

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Applying Montessori at home

“Can we apply the Montessori approach at home if our child doesn’t go to Montessori school?” Isn’t it funny how there seems to be one question everyone is asking at the same time. The last two weeks this is what I keep hearing… “We can’t afford a Montessori school”/”We don’t have a Montessori school in […]

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Celebrating 150 Years

The 31st August 2020 is 150 years since the birth of Maria Montessori. Montessori was ahead of her time in her research, educational approach and pioneering work for social reform. The work of Montessori today continues to motivate people to change the world for the better and has impacted the lives of children and teachers […]

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Our Favourite Montessori Podcasts

With the explosion in podcast popularity we thought we would list our favourite’s for Montessori inspiration. Baan Dek Montessori  Montessori Education with Jesse McCarthy Dr Montessori’s Own Handbook The Art of Parenting Let us know if you have come across other great podcasts we should share with our community. Great Podcasts for (Montessori) Kids Do […]

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How Positive Discipline changed my life

I’m often asked, “What is Positive Discipline?” For me, and I don’t mean to be too dramatic, it was a rude awakening, changed my life and saved it at the same time. Let me explain… I discovered Positive Discipline during my first year working in a mixed age Montessori classroom. At 43, I had decided […]

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From Minecraft to Montessori

Clive Thompson, the science and technology writer, wrote a piece in The New York Times, entitled, The Minecraft Generation. In the article, he sought to offer a cultural commentary on what could broadly be defined as how children are learning in the digital world. His use case? Minecraft, the computer game that has become a […]

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Don’t Interrupt the Concentrating Child; Dr. Steven Hughes on Neuroscience and Montessori

Valid and reliable scientific research and brain development theory should be the driving force behind any school system. Sadly, in our country, that is too often not the reality. Too many of our nation’s schools are based on an industrial-era, conveyor-belt, “information-in, information-out” style. Missing in this antiquated approach is the child as an agent […]

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7 Best Books about Montessori & Child Development

There are so many incredible options out there if you want to read more about Montessori and early childhood development. Here are 7 best books on the magic of the first years of childhood  These are Montessori classics that you will love, covering everything from how to incorporate Montessori in your home, to Montessori theory, […]