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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

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Does Montessori rush development?

A common critique of the Montessori approach is that it pushes kids to grow up too fast. People see infants drinking from open glass cups, toddlers dressing themselves and sweeping the floor, preschoolers reading independently or multiplying and dividing large numbers, and they fear that we’re rushing child development—that we’re pushing children to do things […]

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Montessori Family Review

To get into the new year, let’s take stock of where we are at and how we can support our child’s development going forward. So I’ve put together some questions for you to ponder what you learned last year and to consider what you would like to take into the new year. Note: None of […]

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Talking to our children about war

We are witnessing so much violence, without a seeming end in sight. How do we raise our children in such a world? It’s hard not to lose hope. It is hard to see how to educate for peace while also educating kids about history and conflict   In this this webinar held by Lead Montessori […]

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Building Social Skills

Our children are in community from the day they are born. Their first community is their family, then they may attend child-care and playgroups, and soon after they will join preschool and school. Here are some ideas to help the young child to develop social skills: 1. The child needs to understand themselves – They […]

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Coding for Children

Some years ago, Code.org, an organization dedicated to educating children on computer programming, produced a remarkable video. It’s a heartfelt exhortation to children, extolling the virtues and pleasures of software engineering. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch. It expresses a joyous and idealised view of learning. The explanations of programming, though targeted at children, […]

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How Montessori capitalises on readiness

Children in a Montessori environment make stunning achievements. Children learn to drink from an open cup made from real glass, they learn to put on their own coats and shoes, they build the foundation of phonics and often read their first book by 4. And it doesn’t stop there. Out of proportion with Montessori’s small […]

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Brain-Building Through Play: Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Children

From infancy on, play is an important part of a child’s life. For babies and toddlers, simple, playful interactions with adults help develop sturdy brain architecture, the foundations of lifelong health, and the building blocks of resilience. Through games and playful activities, children can practice and strengthen important executive function skills that will help them throughout their lives, including learning […]

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They Who are Strong are Ready

Whilst there are many highlights during a child’s Montessori journey with us, the highlight is often the graduation ceremony,  a celebration to honour the children leaving us & moving on to primary school.  In the lead up, final parent teacher meetings are held, the child’s progress is reviewed & transition reports prepared. It’s wonderful receiving […]

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Education as sales

Educators face a seeming paradox. On the one hand, there are things we know to be good for the student to learn. From literacy to the chronology of history, from math facts to human anatomy, we have important knowledge to impart. On the other hand, learning is voluntary. It’s something the student has to choose to do. The student […]

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“It is not that we do as we like…”

In The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori describes an interaction between one of her students and a visitor to the school: A lady of high rank once paid the school a visit and, being old-fashioned in her views, she said to a little boy, “So this is the school where you do as you like?” “No, ma’am,” […]

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I’m Bored

“I’m bored!” and what we can do about it Sometimes we feel like we have to constantly be available to entertain our child/ren. We have children because we want to enjoy their company, share experiences, watch them grow, and support them when needed. And we can also create inspiring environments that our children can use […]

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An Early Advantage

One of the things we teach our toddlers is how to independently put on a coat or jacket. Putting on a coat is a surprisingly difficult task. One has to sort of wriggle one’s shoulders into it without having a clear line of sight. This is why it’s nice when someone helps you with a […]

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Montessori is better

A couple of weeks ago, the venerable Emily Oster published a newsletter piece titled “Is Montessori School Better?” Unfortunately for Montessorians, her answer followed Betteridge’s law of headlines: any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered with no. More precisely, her answer was something more like: the question “is X educational or parenting philosophy better” is […]

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Early Learning and Lifelong Health

Connecting the Dots Between Early Learning and Lifelong HealthFor families with young children, some of whom will be entering a classroom for the very first time this year, this can also mean a renewed focus on early learning and literacy. We have long known that when young children are exposed to rich learning environments, work with […]

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Parental Role in Education

What is the relationship between parenting and education? Humans drive their own growth. But major inputs to that growth are care, instruction, enculturation, curation, mentoring. My starting point: all of this is parenting The scope of the parent is total support for a developing human. Educating and schools are evolutions of parenting: Parents raise a […]

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Defending Montessori

Montessori is a radically different approach to education, and thinking it through means that it’s natural, even necessary, to ask tough questions and grapple with critiques. Here are four common objections: Does Montessori ignore the need for adults to be authorities?This could be true of the teacher as a knowledge expert, or of the teacher as […]

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Structure, Concentration & Sequence

In April we recommended an episode from the Increments podcast where Matt Bateman from Higher Ground gives a great overview of Montessori education If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it, the below are some highlights: Question: So, is the case that it [Montessori] is simultaneously sort of more structured and less structured than, […]

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Free Montessori Books

Internet Archive Books contains over 200 Montessori texts which can be access free ! Users can search by author, subject and language. Click here to search the catalogue Don’t forget you can also find Montessori books at your local library in both hardcopy and digital formats. Click here to search the Moonee Valley Library catalogue Click here […]

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The James Webb Telescope

For those that havent seen the latest deep space photos from Nasa’s James Webb Telescope please see the embedded video below. “…we have formulated the concept of ‘nebulae’, likening the creative energies, which will guide the child to absorb from his environment, to the starry ‘nebulae’ from which the heavenly bodies take their origin.” – […]

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Useless Help

Can you spot the obstacles to your child’s development? Dr Montessori talked about removing obstacles so that the child can reach their full potential. “The first Right of Man, the Fundamental Right, should recognise the right of the child to be helped to overcome those obstacles which may hinder, repress or deflect his constructive energies […]

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The joy of math in Montessori

We wait for a child to ask, pointing at the compartment for zero: “And what should I put there?” We then answer: “Nothing, a 0 is nothing.” But this is not enough. We must make a child feel that 0 is nothing. For this we use exercises that are highly amusing to the children. I […]

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Reading & Writting in Montessori

In this podcast episode from Montessori Education Jesse takes a deep dive into reading and writing in the Montessori classroom, as well as some tips for home including; Are academics even considered important in Montessori? How are reading and writing taught in a Montessori classroom? How does Montessori compare to traditional school in reading and […]

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Montessori Australia to develop financial literacy curriculum

Montessori Australia (MA) is actively working towards filling the gap in financial literacy education. Montessori Australia’s Director of Education Services Mark Powell said there was currently no comprehensive and engaging financial education in Australian schools, and young adults often struggled with banking, mortgage and other practical life decisions. “Building confidence in finance and money management […]

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Place value as soulcraft

The Montessori curriculum is unreasonably effective. The materials not only allow children to learn more earlier, and not only allow children to learn more effectively, but they also allow children to learn more deeply—to acquire knowledge in a way that allows for the formation of deep character traits. Take place value. Our everyday representation of […]

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False Fatique & The Montessori Work Cycle

What is false fatigue in Montessori? I love this graph from from Spontaneous Activity in Education by Maria Montessori. What you’ll see is a 3-hour work cycle in a classroom in a 3-6 classroom. In this graph the children arrive at 9am. For the first 30 minutes you have the children arriving, settling in, greeting and […]

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Montessori Manners

a Montessori way to learn to say please, thank you and sorry without forcing your child   In Montessori you may have come across the kind of old-fashioned term “grace and courtesy.” Grace and courtesy might otherwise be known as manners but most broadly is how we teach our children what is acceptable in our […]

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Montessori-educated Children are Happier Adults

We welcome long-awaited academic research which shows a clear link between the Montessori educational approach and greater long-term well-being. The new study has found that children who attend Montessori schools often have greater well-being and happiness in adulthood. The findings, published in academic journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggest a Montessori education is superior to conventional education in […]

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How Parents Can Support Teachers

Parents and their children weren’t the only ones who faced a challenging year. The abrupt school shutdowns that happened at the start of the global pandemic were a major setback in teachers’ ability to help children learn. With many children now back in physical classrooms, we thought it might be helpful to highlight ways in […]

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The competitive child and Montessori

Does your child always want to be first? Do they always want to win? I see this behaviour a little bit in some younger children but more around children from 5 years and up. Let’s have a look what we can do in our homes when we see competitive behaviour. Montessori and the lack of […]

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The Rite Journey Parenting Plan

Montessori Schools and Centres Australia are hosting The Rite Journey Parenting Plan by Andrew Lines on Wednesday August 11th at 7.00pm AEST. This practical workshop is for ALL parents and uses birthdays as a ‘transition template’ for raising responsible adults. It will begin by exploring the world that our children live in, the effects of parenting […]

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What is scaffolding in Montessori?

I’m often asked, “What is scaffolding in Montessori?” Scaffolding put simply is building one skill on the next. When I first entered a Montessori classroom, I saw the beautiful materials laid out on open shelves in a clear order. Once the children master a skill, they move onto the next, each building on the next. […]

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A Montessori approach to discipline

There is a common misconception that Montessori children are allowed to do whatever they like, and another that Montessori is very strict.   In reality, Montessori falls in the middle of these two extremes. The word discipline doesn’t mean to punish. It is actually based on the root word “disciple” which means “to teach” or […]

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The Science of Resilience

Reducing the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development is critical to the progress and prosperity of any society. Yet not all children experience lasting harm as a result of adverse early experiences. Some may demonstrate “resilience,” or an adaptive response to serious hardship. A better understanding of why some children do well […]

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 […]