Is Montessori Academic? – The Last Two Months

Hello, it’s been a while! I do apologize for the long lapse in updates.  Here is basically what happened – Things started going well, so I stopped writing about it. Go figure!  Is this not so typical in life, particularly the spiritual life?  Our darker, harder moments give us so much more food for thought,… Continue reading Is Montessori Academic? – The Last Two Months

(Struggling to believe in) The Child’s Soul – Week 4

The fundamental difference, in my opinion, between the Montessori approach to education and the traditional approach used in American public schools today is that the Montessori approach springs out of a deep conviction that every child – every human – possesses a soul whose deepest desire is for the good, the true, and the beautiful.… Continue reading (Struggling to believe in) The Child’s Soul – Week 4

Against labels – Day by Day, Minute by Minute. Week 3

This was the first week that I didn’t come straight home from school on Friday, pour myself a glass, then pour my burdened heart out in a blog post for this page. It was also the first week I could speak (better, anyway), and the first that didn’t seem like a total failure. I’m getting… Continue reading Against labels – Day by Day, Minute by Minute. Week 3

Ek. Ek. Ek. (One. One. One). Week 2

The title of this blog post is a quote from Mother Theresa.  It’s Hindi for “One. One. One.” That was Mother Theresa’s motto, what she repeated to herself and to the sisters when they were completely overwhelmed by the situations they found themselves in. One. One. One. One day at a time.  One case at… Continue reading Ek. Ek. Ek. (One. One. One). Week 2

So you want to be a Montessori teacher? Then whisper. Week 1

This week was hard. I knew it would be, right?  Right. I knew it would be hard to start a new program with 14 children – 8 of whom have never been in school before. What I didn’t foresee: being overcome with a terrible cold on Day 1 and losing my voice completely by Day… Continue reading So you want to be a Montessori teacher? Then whisper. Week 1