Montessori in the News
Montessori education is a world-wide phenomenon, and Montessori children and schools do incredible things.
These articles are here to show you our fellow schools in the news - for special projects, for grand openings, for questions about what we all do answered, and more.
Montessori Alumnus, Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com, Pledges $2 Billion for Montessori Preschools Serving Low-Income Children and to Address Homelessness
In an Australian first, Montessori Middle School and an aged care home will co-locate to help each other.
According to Architecture and Design, "the greenest school in Norway, the Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori lower secondary school, will produce more energy than it consumes when it opens its doors next year."
Shortly after our Elementary Fair, during which student researchers became a living museum of heroic people, we saw this article about another Montessori school, in South Africa, where students are embracing fictional heroes. Such amazing creativity!
Maria Montessori was a tireless advocate for peace, and conceived of an organization called the White Cross to adapt her method to teaching traumatized children after effects of world wars. Now, as we look to displaced and endangered children of current conflicts, one researcher writes for the Washington Post about how Montessori's ideas could help them.
Hats off to Mattie, an Idaho Montessori student who raised $2,602 to help build a rural medical center in Haiti! Taking responsibility for your community, and thinking of your community more and more globally as you grow, are both core values shared by Montessori schools around the world. If you'd like to see some examples of such projects at Aidan, or be a part of one coming up, check out our Community Service page. Pictured with this post: Aidan families making art kits for Children's Hospital this school year.
A recent study of 3-to-6 year-olds shows that children would rather do something real than pretend to do it, and often prefer realistic play to fantasy play. A lot of our pedagogy is based on this fact, and it's something parents can benefit a great deal from remembering at home.
On the very day we post this, Aidan is hosting a retired Montessori teacher who is working toward certification in Montessori for Aging and Dementia here in DC. Read this article, from the Guardian, for why and how Montessori is helping the elderly with Practical Life skills.