Several months ago I was contacted by a fellow Montessorian named Matt, who was putting together a website that would serve as a resource for teachers and parents alike to learn more about Montessori. He asked me to be one of a number of bloggers who would post on the website. Honored, I accepted, making it clear that I might only get around to 1 post a month or so. I got to see a preview of the site, and got really excited-- for a long time I've struggled to find someplace to send people to who ask me about Montessori, a resource that helps explain the philosophy and what the classrooms are like (and why) but that isn't too overwhelming. I think this website is it.
As of just a few days ago, MariaMontessori.com is now LIVE! And I hope you will all go check it out. It's a beautiful website with blog posts from very talented and wise Montessorians (oh, and me, too), explanations about Montessori and what the environments are like for the different age groups, audio and video clips to listen to, etc.
Basically, it's a really cool site, and if you've ever wanted to know more about Montessori this is the place to go.
As a related aside, the other day I visited a local Montessori school (we're starting to look for places for Donovan to go to). I had an appointment for a tour with the Director of Admissions, and when I got to the building a man opened the door for me and introduced himself. "I'm Matt," he said. "Hi, I'm Marcy," I said back to be polite, and started turning towards the woman I knew I was supposed to meet, as I recognized her photo from the website. "No, I'm Matt" he repeated with a bit more emphasis.
Yes, it's the same Matt from the website. I had no idea he lived in Sacramento, or worked for this school. Small world, huh? ; ) It was nice to meet the person with whom I've been emailing back and forth all this time.