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Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods, Study Finds

A study comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills. The study appears in the September 29, 2006 issue of the journal Science (see article full text; available free through Montessori-Science.org). Montessori education is characterized by multi-age classrooms, a special set of educational materials, student-chosen work in long time blocks, a collaborative environment with student mentors, […]

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Firstborn Girls Most Likely to Succeed

Firstborn Girls Most Likely to Succeed

The article below, published in Scientific American this month, examines the influence  of birth order on academic success. Firstborns, especially girls, are more ambitious and more likely to go on to higher education than their younger siblings.  The average IQ of firstborns is also 3 points higher than that of the second-born. Siblings might be discouraged by their older sister getting better grades than they do and grow up with less confidence in their abilities. Since Montessori education […]

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Strategies for Successful Learning

Strategies for Successful Learning

According to Gregory Walton and colleagues at Stanford University academic tenacity is not about being smart, but learning smart. While this article just published in Scientific American does not mention the Montessori method, their conclusions about how to learn best are identical with the Montessori philosophy: Academically tenacious students: Feel as though they belong in school, academically and socially. See the relevance of education for achieving their personal future goals. Value effort. Seek challenging tasks that will help them learn […]

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Barbie Exposure May Limit Girls’ Career Imagination

This article published in  Scientific American, April 1014, examines a possible link between childhood play and career choices later in life: Girls who played with dolls were then asked about future careers. Those who played with Barbie more likely to envision traditional pink-collar jobs than were girls who played with Mrs. Potato Head. Erika Beras reports. The ubiquitous Barbie doll: she’s been everything from a football coach to a surgeon. But girls who play with Barbie may […]

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Don’t Just Stand There, Think!

Don't Just Stand There, Think!

A series of studies, has shown that children can solve math problems better if they are told to use their hands while thinking. Another study suggested that stage actors remember their lines better when they are moving. This article, published in the Boston Globe, examines the link between movement and cognition: When you read something confusing, or work a crossword puzzle, or try to remember where you put your keys, what do you do with […]

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Students Prosper with Montessori Method

Students Prosper with Montessori Method

This study published in Scientific American seems to show that the Montessori method delivers significant benefits over traditional public schools for even the youngest students: Nearly 100 years ago, a physician opened a school in a poor section of Rome. In doing so, Maria Montessori went beyond being the first female doctor in Italy and became the pioneer of a new method of education. A curriculum based on close observations of children, the Montessori method includes […]

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Book Review: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard

Book Review: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard

  Two fundamental cornerstones of American schooling today were placed at the turn of the 20th century: the school as a factory and placed at the turn of the 20th century: the school as a factory and the child as a blank slate. Students of child development know that these ideas are obsolete, but they continue to have a profound impact on how schooling is done. Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll […]

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How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

We all know our children need exercise, but who knew that it can improve your math skills? It turns out, movement is actually makes you smarter, so why so many schools making kids sit down at desks for hours on end? This New York Times article examines the link between exercise and learning success: Children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new […]

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Montessori Compass Video Tutorial

Montessori Compass Video Tutorial

If you missed our Parent Education Night on how to use Montessori Compass, here is a tutorial explaining how to stay informed about your child’s progress.

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Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods, Study Finds

Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods, Study Finds

A study comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills. The study appears in the September 29, 2006 issue of the journal Science (see article full text; available free through Montessori-Science.org). Montessori education is characterized by multi-age classrooms, a special set of educational materials, student-chosen work in long time blocks, a collaborative environment with student mentors, […]

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