Montessorium Blog

July 13, 2023Core Philosophy

"All work is noble."

"All work is noble; the only ignoble thing is to live without working." Montessori presents a radical view: that work has value “in all of its forms, whether manual or intellectual”. All work, in all of its forms. Valuable. Noble.

May 30, 2023Core PhilosophyFeatured Essay

Seeing is Achieving: How the Montessori Method Builds Responsibility

Lessons and modeling alone are not enough to cultivate the level of independent awareness and joyful initiative we see in a classroom— to be ingrained into the child’s character, to become second nature in the countless instances in life where no one is watching and no one has given explicit instructions, a proactive sense of order requires the development and mastery of certain essential skills.

May 16, 2023Core Philosophy

A Guide, Not a Teacher

Daily activity in a Montessori Children’s House can easily pass by in a bright and busy blur. Yet, even with a vivid awareness of all the interactions, effort, and activity that fills each day, it can be difficult to explain to those unfamiliar with Montessori just what exactly you do as a Montessori guide.

February 21, 2023Podcast

E34: Parents as Customers: A conversation with Debra Ross

In education, how should we conceive of the parent as a customer? This week, join us for a discussion with Deb Ross, founder of, as we dig into questions of parenting, choice, and what parents really want from their schools.

February 16, 2023Core Philosophy

Preparing for Virtue

As parents and teachers, we want to prepare children to face this vast array of decisions with confidence and integrity. Whatever our view of what is right and virtuous, we want them to have the capacity to make choices with conviction and to follow through with corresponding action. Yet, Montessori believed the traditional methods for building this capacity, rather than supporting children, stunt them.

February 9, 2023Podcast

E33: Learning from a Mentor: A conversation with Audrey Wisch

Mentoring is the oldest model of education, but it is uncommon today. Why is so effective? Why is it now rare? Why does it still matter? Join us for a discussion with Audrey Wisch of Curious Cardinals.

February 8, 2023Core Philosophy

Education from Birth

In recognizing that even the youngest child engages in cognitive activity, and in seeing the child’s development as a unity—as a progression containing certain salient features, with each stage laying the groundwork for the next—Montessori saw the need for a radically altered system of education, one that begins at birth.

January 10, 2023Podcast

E32: Independence Through Risk: A Conversation with Lenore Skenazy

Join us for a chat with Lenore Skenazy, of Free Range Kids and Let Grow, about raising independent children—why it’s so important, why it’s so hard for parents and educators to get right, and how to do it.

January 5, 2023Core Philosophy

A Better Future for Phonics

‘Sold a Story’ is the latest salvo from the front lines of these wars. In this short podcast series, journalist Emily Hanford contends that the evidence is clear: phonics is the effective approach for teaching children literacy.

Although this recent case for phonics may seem to vindicate phonics advocates and portend an end to the wars and a better future for literacy education, it carries within it the seeds of its own destruction.

December 20, 2022Core Philosophy

Knowledge as an Achievement

Montessori, unlike the centuries of educational tradition before her, did not view knowledge as a lump sum that can be gifted wholesale to a child, filling his mind as one would fill an empty vessel. Neither did she view knowledge as an experiential grab-bag, a disparate and disconnected assortment of facts and skills that can be learned (or not!) at random. Instead, for Montessori, knowledge is an achievement. It’s an effortful process that can be accelerated and whose product can be amplified by following a specific path.