Thursday, May 24, 2012

Montessori Upper Elementary Community Reading Lists (ages 9-12)

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Welcome Montessori educators, administrators, parents and grandparents. Do you have some favorite children’s books that you would like to share with your Montessori community? North American Montessori Center is encouraging you to write a comment and add your favorites to our Reading Lists. This is a great way to share helpful information and give us some insight as to why you like a particular book or books.

Participating is Easy!

• Comment on this article, including the book title and author.
• Include the age group that it is best suited for (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, or 9-12).
• If you wish, add one or two sentences to tell us why you enjoy this book.

We will keep updating this list to include your contributions, so feel free to add yours whenever you wish.

Montessori Recommended Upper Elementary reading lists (ages 9-12) - Part 4 of 4:


As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Montessori Lower Elementary Community Reading Lists (ages 6-9)

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Welcome Montessori educators, administrators, parents and grandparents. Do you have some favorite children’s books that you would like to share with your Montessori community? North American Montessori Center is encouraging you to write a comment and add your favorites to our Reading Lists. This is a great way to share helpful information and give us some insight as to why you like a particular book or books.

Participating is Easy!

• Comment on this article, including the book title and author.
• Include the age group that it is best suited for (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, or 9-12).
• If you wish, add one or two sentences to tell us why you enjoy this book.

We will keep updating this list to include your contributions, so feel free to add yours whenever you wish.

Montessori recommended Lower Elementary reading lists (ages 6-9):


As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on .

Montessori Infant Toddler Community Reading Lists (ages 0-3)

NAMC montessori recommended community reading list infant and toddler montessori teacher reading with toddler Welcome Montessori educators, administrators, parents and grandparents. Do you have some favorite children’s books that you would like to share with your Montessori community? North American Montessori Center is encouraging you to write a comment and add your favorites to our Montessori Community Reading Lists. This is a great way to share helpful information and give us some insight as to why you like a particular book or books.

Participating is Easy!

• Comment on this article, including the book title and author.
• Include the age group that it is best suited for (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, or 9-12).
• If you wish, add one or two sentences to tell us why you enjoy this book.
We will keep updating this list to include your contributions, so feel free to add yours whenever you wish.

Montessori recommended Infant/Toddler reading list (birth to 3 years):


As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on .

Montessori Preschool Community Reading Lists (ages 3-6)

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Welcome Montessori educators, administrators, parents and grandparents. Do you have some favorite children’s books that you would like to share with your Montessori community? North American Montessori Center is encouraging you to write a comment and add your favorites to our Reading Lists. This is a great way to share helpful information and give us some insight as to why you like a particular book or books.  

Participating is Easy!

• Comment on this article, including the book title and author.
• Include the age group that it is best suited for (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, or 9-12).
• Indicate whether it is fiction or non-fiction.
• If you wish, add one or two sentences to tell us why you enjoy this book.

We will keep updating this list to include your contributions, so feel free to add yours whenever you wish. 

Montessori Recommended Preschool/Kindergarten Reading Lists (ages 3-6):


As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on .

Friday, May 18, 2012

What is Mindfulness? Montessori Perspectives

Montessori Perspectives on Mindfulness - Part 3 of 3

children walking line NAMC montessori perspectives on what is mindfulnessAnother term that goes along with Montessori’s idea of normalization and the current idea of executive function is that of ‘mindfulness’. Psychology Today states that “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you are mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

The Montessori method of education is consistent with the idea of mindfulness. The flow of the individual presentations requires the attention of the child and the adult to be focused on the immediate present. The built-in control of error in the Montessori materials and activities consistently bring the child’s focus back to center. The three-hour Montessori work cycle supports the development of increased periods of focused concentration.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, May 18, 2012.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What is Executive Function? Montessori Perspectives

Montessori Perspectives on Executive Function - Part 2 of 3

young boy learns to sew montessori perspectives what is executive functionThere appears to be a lot of talk about ‘executive function’ in children these days. In fact, Adele Diamond and Kathleen Lee have said that the executive functions of a child are better predictors at school readiness and success than IQ (Diamond and Lee). So, what is executive function and more importantly, how does it relate to Montessori?

Executive functions refer to those qualities that make people successful: self-control, discipline, flexibility, and creativity. Individuals with high levels of executive function have increased periods of concentration and working memory and are able to solve complex problems by implementing reasoning and good planning skills while those with low levels of executive function are impulsive, lack persistence, and have poor attention spans.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What is Normalization? Montessori Perspectives

Montessori Perspectives on Normalization - Part 1 of 3

child playing with shapes mat NAMC montessori perspectives what is normalizationNormalization “is the most important single result of our whole work.”  ~Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, (Chapter 19)

I was looking at our local Montessori preschool’s website today and noticed that they advocate parent involvement in the classroom after the children have “normalized”. This got me thinking: parents who are familiar with the term ‘normalized’ would understand this, but new parents will not. It is a term that can cause confusion or unease if you are not sure what it means.

Normalization is the term Montessori used to refer to children who are able to concentrate and work freely in the Montessori environment, exercising self-discipline and peace. It is in no way meant to suggest that children who are not able to do this are not normal. It simply means they are in a different stage of their development and personal journey.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Mom is So Special Because: A Note From A Montessori Student

happy mother's day present montessori student note moms are specialMy mom is special because she is fun. She always has my back. She’s also very helpful and she will love me forever. She is so nice and kind and don’t forget smart. Her style is very cool. I also love her too, but she loves me more. She is also my world, my beautiful world that is. She will also go to the moon and back just for me because she loves me a lot, a lot, a lot.

Written by Ben, age 8, son of NAMC staff member Michelle C.

Happy Mother’s Day from NAMC!


As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, May 11, 2012.
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