Hoboken Montessori School
  articles

MONTESSORI ARTICLES

Montessori Story Montessori Story, by Julian Draven.

This article from the November 2011 issue of the local family magazine, Parenting OC, provides a good overview of what Montessori is, and what to look for in a Montessori school.

Wall Street Journal Montessori Mafia http://blogs.wsj.com//ideas-market/2011/04/05/the-montessori-mafia

The article is entitled The Montessori Mafia; it discusses the results of a new study conducted by professors from Brigham Young University, which found that a disproportionate number of entrepreneurs who start new businesses or invent new products are Montessori alumni. The article also describes the role Montessori education played in contributing to the life long success and love of learning of many famous Montessori alumni (including Julia Child, Anne Frank, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Google founders Larry Page, and Sergei Brin) and the evidence from Milwaukee cohort studies which demonstrates that Montessori students often have better executive function, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, better reading and math skills, and are more prepared for elementary school than non-Montessori students. The Milwaukee study is one of the most conclusive studies of the Montessori educational method, because the children in the experiment were randomly assigned to Montessori and non-Montessori schools; as a result, socio-economic status, parenting philosophy, parent education, and other common variables were controlled.

HELPFUL BOOKS Ė Montessori & Preschool Education

Montessori Madness Montessori Madness, by Trevor Eissler.

A parent-to-parent guide to the Montessori philosophy, written by a jet pilot who discovered Montessori for his children, and became a parent missionary for the Montessori method.

Montessori Read and Write Montessori Read & Write, by Lynne Lawrence.

Shows how to teach children to read and write using Montessori principles. While primarily written for families who homeschool, this book is also a very helpful guide for parents who want to ensure they support their childís progress in literacy and to do so in a consistent manner between school and home.

The Science Behind the Genius The Science Behind the Genius, by Angeline Stoll Lillard.

Provides a summary of modern research behind eight insights that are a foundation of Montessori education, describing how each of these insights is applied in the Montessori classroom.

Dr. Montessoriís Own Handbook Dr. Montessoriís Own Handbook, by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Written by Dr. Montessori, this book provides a concrete description, in Dr. Montessoriís own words, of the sequence of activities used in a Montessori classroom.

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, by E.M. Standing.

Part biography and part exposition of her ideas, this engaging book reveals through her letters and personal diaries Maria Montessoriís delight in the success of her educational experiments and is an ideal introduction to the principals and practices of the greatest educational pioneer of the 20th century.

The Read-Aloud Handbook The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease.

Part biography and part exposition of her ideas, this engaging book reveals through her letters and personal diaries Maria Montessoriís delight in the success of her educational experiments and is an ideal introduction to the principals and practices of the greatest educational pioneer of the 20th century.

A Parentís Guide to the Montessori Classroom A Parentís Guide to the Montessori Classroom, by Aline D. Wolf.

This guide gives a concise explanation of the method and materials used in the Montessori classroom for 3-6 year olds. An excellent tool for educating parents interested in or new to Montessori.

HELPFUL BOOKS Ė Education & Parenting

The Talent Code The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle.

A very readable book on what it takes to become great at any skill, with many lessons applicable to day-to-day learning in schools.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

What is the difference between individuals who are eager to tackle new challenges, and to learn from mistakes, and those who give up and donít try when things get difficult? And what can we do, as parents and teachers, to foster the right attitudes in children?

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink.

A book with many implications for teaching well. Pink argues for more autonomy, purpose and mastery in life and in learning.

Why Donít Students Like School Why Donít Students Like School, by Daniel T. Willingham.

A cognitive scientist outlines why students arenít engaged in school and arenít learning, and discusses what we can do about it.

Positive Discipline Positive Discipline, Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

For twenty-five years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has written a revised and expanded edition. The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect. Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any childĖfrom a three-year-old toddler to a rebellious teenagerĖcan learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity.

 

american montessori society

ďIt is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each child the chance to fulfill his potential to become an independent, secure, balanced person.Ē - Dr. Maria Montessori