Reflecting on the Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher

Barbara Isaacs, September 2022 In a recent conversation, Wendelien and I were pondering the benefits Montessori Musings contributes to the Montessori community.  We are both committed to our aim of engaging in conversations and questioning our practice; at the same time we are very aware that challenging established practice can be very daunting. However, if … Continue reading Reflecting on the Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher

The ‘real’ needs of the Under Threes

By Annamaria Guild, Owner and Founder, The Under Threes For Montessorians, the word ‘real’ should not be a new aspect of our teaching as using ‘real’ experiences and ‘real’ objects to aid children’s learning is one of the main principles of the authentic Montessori pedagogy. However, during my travels and visits to early years settings, … Continue reading The ‘real’ needs of the Under Threes

Reflections on the Challenges of Managing Settings Today

In recent years we have witnessed a significant interest in Montessori education and the expansion of the Montessori provision both by individuals aspiring to set up their own nurseries, and also from nursery chains wishing to extend their portfolios of provision.  At the same time, it has been increasingly difficult to find experienced and/or newly … Continue reading Reflections on the Challenges of Managing Settings Today

Pearls of Wisdom

By Barbara Isaacs I felt really excited when reading the chapter devoted to Attention (p: 183) in The 1913 Rome Lectures.  Montessori offers us deep insights into the importance of preparing an environment which presents a child with age-appropriate activities which draw children’s attention, stimulate repetition and support their unfolding of deep concentration. She also … Continue reading Pearls of Wisdom