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 Tending The Light: Essays on Montessori Education (2015)

From the publisher:
A collection of forty-nine essays on Montessori written over sixteen years, John Snyder’s Tending the Light is a resource for those who already belong to Montessori communities as well as those who wish to learn more about Montessori. His keen observations and sensitive prose are a testament to Maria Montessori’s own practice and thought. As a former Montessori parent, teacher, and administrator, he provides insight into many of the questions that each of these groups face, from Montessori as education for peace to the child’s work outside of the classroom. With forewords by Donna Bryant Goertz and David Kahn.
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Bringing the World of Artistic Expression to the Child         download
Just as the elementary child loses his attraction to physical order and finds satisfaction in the ordering of ideas, the refinement of the senses that was so satisfying to him in earlier years now becomes refinement of experience, refinement of taste and judgment. The reasoning mind is less and less satisfied with merely liking or disliking things; it wants to understand and justify its judgments of experience. This is where the Montessori elementary prepared environment can be of great service to the child. 

The Children's Play, The Children's Way         download
Given the importance of drama to the elementary age child, how can we best offer opportunities for playmaking in our Montessori environments?  Like everything else we offer in the prepared environment, the way playmaking is presented and supported is almost as important as the actual playmaking itself.  Like Montessori children who say “Nobody taught me to read; I taught myself,” our children can come away from theatrical productions saying, “Nobody taught us how to make a play; we just did it ourselves!” In order to achieve this result, we adults have to let go of some of our notions about children and theater, and we have to find new ways to work with children that lead them gently and lightly in the right direction as they go about making their own plays.
Call Me by My True Name         download
There is a large and growing literature in the anthropology and sociology of so-called “learning disabilities.”  Montessorians would be wise to acquaint themselves with this literature, its history, and its goals. One point of departure shared by virtually all of this research is the understanding that the categories used to sort the competent from the incompetent are socially constructed.

The Trust Series       download
A series of five articles exploring the trust that must be cultivated between teachers and parents, teachers and administrators. (1) Building the Bridge of Trust, (2) Two Dimensions of Trust, (3) Speaking to Parents about Their Children, (4) When and What to Communicate with Parents, (5) Understand Your Relationship to Time. Originally created for Dr. Jean Miller’s AMI elementary training course

Computers in the Montessori Home: Guidelines For Decision-Making       download Four questions to help parents decide what role, if any, computers will play in their pre-adolescent children’s home lives.

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