PARENT RESOURCES
MONTESSORI EDUCATION

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What is Montessori? - A brief overview of the history and methodology behind Montessori education.

Montessori EssentialsMontessori Public Policy Initiative's standards for high-fidelity schools, in accordance with AMI and AMS. View the Spanish version here.

Montessori Today - For a more in-depth exploration, this book by Paula Polk Lillard offers a comprehensive look at Montessori education.

Take a peek inside a primary classroom! Observe children at work in a prepared environment at six public and private Montessori schools across the U.S., and hear current and former students share their experiences.

For a look inside the elementary classroom, see "Imagine a School: Montessori For Elementary Aged Learners."

ARTICLES

Characteristics of an Authentic Montessori School - The Montessori name is not trademarked. This article outlines how to identify a true, high-fidelity Montessori program.

What Should School Be For? - Maren Schmidt reports on Dr. Stephen Hughes’ work as a pediatric neuropsychologist and his findings about how the Montessori approach serves the child in important and beautiful ways.

Beginning School - A practical and helpful article from Camas Montessori about transitioning your family and child to school. 

Children's House or Kindergarten? - An article by Ann Messick on navigating this decision for your family.

School Readiness - Overview of a current study on social cognition, conscience, and school readiness in Montessori and non-Montessori preschoolers by Jennifer LaBounty, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.