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The Adolescent and Montessori


Helping Your Child in their Language Development

In a Montessori environment writing is introduced before reading; the reverse of most other methods of education. When writing the words come from the child (the child knows what they are wanting to express) however reading is a more complex process. Now the child needs to decode (work out) someone else’s thoughts and ideas.
How can the language program be supported at home?
Read some suggestions in this article “Helping Your Child in their Language Development” by Amy Kirkham AMI Director of Training, Australian Montessori Teacher Education Foundation.


Fathers often underestimate how important they really are to their children. You might think that a mother has a key role when it comes to a child’s development, especially in the formative early years, but you would be wrong. Fathers are just as important as mothers.
Why is the importance of fatherhood frequently underestimated? Research has shown that fathers are just as good as mothers at recognising and responding sensitively to the needs of their newborn babies, and just as able to care for older children.
Explore the insights into the journey of fatherhood in this article from Fathers Matter magazine titled simply – “Fatherhood

Language and Understanding the World

Language is central to our experience of being human. The languages we speak profoundly shape the way we see the world and the way we live our lives. Language provides a way to understand how others think and can give us an insight into someone else’s point of view. Language is complex; there are cultural differencex, there are grammatical rules and exceptions to these rules, colloquialisms, idioms and expressions.
How does a child acquire this amazing skill called language?
In this article “Language and Understamding the World“, published by the Montessori Australia Foundation, Amy Kirkham explains language development from a Montessori perspective.

Everyday Fathering

You may not realise it, but as a father you have a profound impact on your children’s learning and development. And the most significant, enduring contribution you make is not through ‘big ticket items’ like gifts, expensive outing or holidays, but rather through the normal, everyday interactions you have with your children. Read some great advice about everyday interaction with your children such as rough and tumble play in this article “Everyday Fathering” published in Fathers Matter magazine.


Anyone who has a a sincere desire can become a successful storyteller. Storyteller is an art and in her article “Storytelling” Phyllis Pottish-Lewis offers advice which focuses on the primary aged child but it provides a wealth of information for storytelling and reading to children of any age. She provides 11 basic steps to keep in mind.

Negotiating Parenting With Your Partner

Families are small networks, little systems where each part affects the others. In your roles, you and your partner have a real influence on each other’s parenting. Depending on your relationship and how things are going, you can help or hinder each other in becoming the best possible parents to your children. So it makes sense to:

  • Invest in and look after your relationship.
  • Support each other.
  • Work as a team.
  • Keep lines of communication open.
  • Show that you are committed to working through any differences that arise, as together you learn how to parent

Continue reading in this article “Negotiating Parenting With Your Partner” from Fathers Matter magazine.

Keys for Unlocking the Adult World

Allyn Travis, Montessori training director in the USA, writes about the “Keys for Unlocking the Adult World” in which shes asks:

  • What keys are necessary for the young person of today to make a successful, positive, triumphant entrance into adulthood?
  • What keys does it take today and what keys is it likely to take in the future to achieve success and satisfaction as an adult?
  • What keys is it going to take for the adults of the future to right the wrongs done to our planet?
  • What keys do human beings need to stop the fighting and the wars and to bring our world to a place of peace and acceptance and caring?
  • How are we in Montessori providing these keys?

Read the full article “Keys for Unlocking the Adult World” published by the Montessori Australia Foundation.

Copycat Kids

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but its’ also key to a child’s development; a fact that can teach us in turn about their learning process, as UK Montessori trainer Louise Livingston explains in this article “Copycats” published by the Montessori Australia Foundation. She writes about how parents need to become their developmental guides and provides three ways to do this.

Staying Involved After Separation

Being separated from your children is tough. The biggest challenge is staying connected and involved in the children’s lives. But it does not mean that you are any less important or less needed by your children. Read more in this article “Staying Involved After Separation” from Fathers Matter magazine.

Natural Disasters and Children

Natural disasters can be a cause of major trauma to children as well as adults. Research on children who have been directly affected by natural disasters shows that some children experience emotional distress for a long time after the event. Some children who are distressed don’t share this with their parents as they don’t want to worry them, so it is important for parents and carers to be aware of other ways that children may show their feelings. Read more in this article “Natural Disasters and Children: Information for Parents and Early Childhood Professionals“.

Depression in Fathers

We generally expect men in a crisis situation to ensure women and children are taken car of first. But for fathers in the throes of depression, in conflict over access to their children, or facing financial ruin or serious personal difficulties, it is possible that he idea of ‘women and children first’ carries that wrong message. Some fathers mistakenly believe that sacrificing themselves will be the best thing for their families. Read more in this article “Depression in Fathers & How Mates Can Help” from Fathers Matter magazine.

When Your Partner is Depressed (Post-natal Depression)

Postnatal depression (PND) can be a real curve ball for a couple already having to adjust to big changes brought by a baby. The good news is that PND is treatable and that the chances of a full recovery are good. The first step is recognising what’s really happening. In time, with your support and the help of others, your partner will find her feet again. Read more in this article from Fathers Matter.

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