Montessori Mischief Becomes Montessori 101

new path

You never know where a road will take you. You have a map, of course, and you know where you might like to go, but nothing prepares you for the journey there or what will be around the next bend. A few weeks ago, our family set out on a Saturday morning and drove north. We circled vineyards and careened around the cliffs on the coast. We drove up … [Read more...]

The Adventures of the Human Soul (4)

The Secret of Childhood: The Era of the Child (Read along!)

If there were any doubt that Montessori is a way of life rather than simply a method of education, Maria Montessori lays the issue to rest herself in The Secret of Childhood, Chapter 1: The Era of the Child. She calls us to examine the child as a "psychic being" that can "provide a strong impetus to the betterment of mankind". No, she is not … [Read more...]

Children Can Change the World (3)

The Secret of Childhood: They can change the world!

(Without laws to protect their rights...) “Children become the victims of the parents’ tyrannical instincts. And yet children come into the world endowed with new energies that could correct the errors of past generations and give a new breath of life to the world.” Secret of Childhood, p.2 I love this quote! I hate this quote! When I read Maria’s … [Read more...]

The Rights of the Child (2)

The Secret of Childhood Discussions Introduction

The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori Introduction Discussion In the early 1900’s, Maria observed with great concern that children were looked upon as sources of trouble not just by their parents but by all of society. She describes a city full of busy adults without designated spaces for children to play, little to no possessions for … [Read more...]

What is The Secret of Childhood? (1)

What is the secret of childhood?

Do you ever watch your children out in nature enthralled with a bit of fluff that you walked right by? A few weeks ago, we had a magical moment...the kind of moment you want to hold close to your heart and never, ever forget. It was nearing twilight. The staircase beckoned us down to the beach, and I worried about the night falling too soon … [Read more...]