Montessori Parent Resources
Kids Talk Montessori Newsletter
KIDS TALK is an on-line Montessori-based weekly newsletter written for parents by Maren Schmidt, a Montessori educator. Ms. Schmidt offers informative advice for parents of children of all ages. It is free to subscribe to, and emails are sent to you directly. If you would like to view a sample and/or sign up click the link below.
- Montessori, the Science Behind the Genius, written by Dr. Angeline Lillard, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, who has been studying Montessori's methods for more than two decades.
“Evaluating Montessori Education”
This study, by Angeline S. Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest compares the outcomes of children at a public inner city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools. It indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills.
The study appeared in the Sept, 29, 2006 issue of the journal Science. Download PDF format of article.
- “Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program”
A Longitudinal Study of the Experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools
“Montessori programs have grown considerably over the past decades. There have been two major facts to this growth: expansion form private to public settings and extension from preschool into elementary, junior high school, and beyond. Growth has brought concerns about outcomes, especially academic ones. In particular, there have been questions about the performance of Montessori students when they move on to more conventional academic settings. This research addresses these questions.”
“This study supports the hypothesis that Montessori education has a positive long-term impact. Additionally, it provides an affirmative answer to questions about whether Montessori students will be successful in traditional schools.”