May 19, 2020
When schools finally reopen, which one will you be sending your child to? Episode page:
May 5, 2020
Back in 1915, Maria Montessori shared a short but powerful experience. Show episode, with links:
April 28, 2020
"Grit beats IQ every time." Jeff Sandefer, co-founder of the Acton network of 270+ schools Jesse McCarthy | Jeff Sandefer |
April 21, 2020
"Having a routine saves your life." Listen in as Daniela Monteiro -- longtime Montessori teacher and parent of two, a 9-month-old and an almost 3-year-old -- shares her experiences and insights as a working parent at home with the children. The Montessori Education Podcast with Jesse McCarthy, Daniela Monteiro,
April 14, 2020
"We just completed our ninth week of school closures..." Meet Karin Ann, co-founder of the International Montessori School of Hong Kong (IMS), a community of four campuses with ~1,000 children from ages 2 to 12 Episode page | IMS |
April 7, 2020
“You might see a headline that says, ‘Deaths Double In This Town’, and they really just went up from two to four. ... It’s important to go beyond the headlines.” Open conversation with Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Amesh Adalja, an expert on infectious diseases and pandemics who has recently been making the rounds on all the major news networks, from CNN to MSNBC to FOX. -from the Montessori Education Podcast with Jesse McCarthy |
March 31, 2020
Short and sweet guidance for parents during these strange stuck-at-home times... Jesse McCarthy | Links: -For more on washing a table at home, Montessori style, visit -For more on practical life generally, visit
March 22, 2020
With school closed and social distancing in effect, students share their experience and advice
March 15, 2020
A discussion on the Coronavirus with children’s science idol and Montessori parent, Doug Peltz What is coronavirus in simple terms? How do I talk with children about it? What do I do at home given schools are closed? Jesse McCarthy | Doug Peltz |
February 26, 2020
Stories and guidance from Simone's 15+ years of experience as a Montessori parent of two and teacher of thousands...
February 19, 2020
Montessori vs. Traditional ... and the consequences
January 28, 2020
Alessandra Aristimuno offers a peek into her mixed-age Montessori classroom, with children from ~3 to 6 years old, and shares some guidance for parents and fellow Montessori teachers.
January 15, 2020
Four suggestions on being more Montessori at home (without turning your living room into a classroom)
December 21, 2019
Seeing the child, and ourselves, with clear eyes
December 11, 2019
How to handle the strong-willed child
November 25, 2019
Do children need more play — without adults around?
November 13, 2019
"There’s no person in the whole world like you." Mr. Rogers A thank you to Mr. Fred Rogers for what he’s done for children, and for us all...
October 28, 2019
William Kelly talks about how his Montessori schooling, from preschool to junior high, helped him develop into a successful educational-technology entrepreneur and a flourishing human being.
October 17, 2019
The importance and how-to of mirroring feelings
September 26, 2019
What if you could learn from an individual with literally a half century of experience in Montessori? Meet Sanford Jones.
September 16, 2019
The first time I visited a Montessori school, what I saw made me sick.
August 28, 2019
"How do I deal with each day-to-day issue that comes up with my children, while also helping to instill values that last?"
August 16, 2019
Ever feel like you *should* be doing better?
July 30, 2019
Exploring sometimes challenging topics in Montessori, both at school and in the home
July 18, 2019
“I get that I shouldn’t say ‘good job’ all the time, but then *what do I say*?”
June 27, 2019
“I haven’t made a school lunch since they were 6,” says Heike Larson, parent of now 10-year-old Henrik and 12-year-old Karina. Heike shares her experience and insight from about a decade in Montessori, both as a leader of a nationwide group of Montessori schools and as a Montessori mom of two fun-loving, industrious children.
June 14, 2019
Some “Montessori” schools are not what you might think, and this recording offers a few things to look out for.
May 28, 2019
Are you an overprotective parent? or maybe we’re all becoming an overly protective society? A discussion with Free-Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy about regaining confidence in children and in ourselves.
May 16, 2019
This episode is for parents and teachers who understandably wonder why children “wander” in Montessori classrooms — or, put more bluntly, it’s for those who’ve asked some form of the question “Why is that child, or my child, doing *nothing* in here?”
May 1, 2019
This episode is for all the independent, hard-working mothers out there — like my own wonderful and loving mom, Monica LePort, who helped raise me and my brother during the ‘80s and ‘90s in California, at at time when spanking was normal, parents were concerned about stalkers on the street, and kids like me were acting up and getting injured just as they’ve probably been doing throughout time.
April 16, 2019
Have you ever considered making Montessori a profession? Hear insights about the journey to becoming a great Montessori teacher.
March 29, 2019
A discussion with former Montessori child Meredith Narrowe about transitioning out of Montessori into public school and the larger world Jesse McCarthy |
March 16, 2019
There’s a lot out there on how to help children with their strong emotions, but how do we deal with our own? Today I go over a listener’s question about this and then offer 3 steps to handling anger and stress.
February 25, 2019
What do all these strange Montessori terms, like “Practical Life," “Prepared Environment,” and "work," actually mean? Today, with the Montessori teacher Marissa Poole, we discuss some of the lingo that can confuse parents and teachers who are new to Montessori education.
February 14, 2019
1) Is Montessori for every child? 2) How do I best introduce Montessori materials to children at home? 3) Why does my child’s teacher keep calling herself a “guide”?
January 25, 2019
It is the little things in life that over time add up to character. How do children develop self-discipline, and how can we aid in that process? Today we discuss these questions and more — including some related hot-topic cultural issues (like the incident of the MAGA kids and the Native American man) — with longtime Montessori parent and educator Gretchen Hall.
December 20, 2018
How can Montessori teachers and parents connect more for the betterment of their children — and of themselves? How do Montessorians effectively communicate what’s going on inside the classroom? Can parents apply Montessori ideas at home? Today we discuss these questions and more with Transparent Classroom founder Jeremy Lightsmith and one of his newest team members, Liz Strong.
November 17, 2018
What actually goes on inside a Montessori Elementary classroom? Many parents have this question yet few ever hear a clear answer to it. Today we speak with Kelly Nastasi, a Montessori elementary teacher who’s been working with 1st - 6th graders for over 15 years. Kelly offers a peek into her classroom and discusses what Montessori elementary is really like.
October 25, 2018
In this episode we talk with Kristin Kintanar, Montessori teacher and math enthusiast, to get a clear sense of what exactly children do with math inside Montessori classrooms and how it all differs from traditional schooling.
September 24, 2018
Montessori is easily misunderstood. There are all sorts of myths and misconceptions about it. In this episode we talk with Amy Kwong — a veteran Montessori teacher, parent and head of school — to untangle a few of the biggest confusions.
August 23, 2018
Have you ever felt that you’re not good enough, that maybe there's something wrong with you? With me to discuss how we develop self-esteem growing up — and what parents can do to help or hinder that process in their own child — is psychology Professor Eddie Brummelman from the University of Amsterdam. |
July 25, 2018
An interview with Stacey Dee, experienced infant & toddler teacher who offers new parents (and all of us) some tips on attachment
June 25, 2018
An interview with Ben Messelbeck*, a thoughtful & no-nonsense father who asks the tough questions on many parents’ minds *Ben actually composed the musical intro to this podcast. His work can be found at
May 24, 2018
Most people desire peace, and nearly all parents want their child to become a good person who, as the line goes, “doesn’t wind up in jail.” But it’s not always so easy to raise peaceful children, especially if we’re not yet peaceful ourselves as adults. In this episode, we discuss some ideas around peace education with Claudia Lee, a Montessori teacher of 3- to 6-year-olds who has a unique perspective on the topic.
April 26, 2018
Understanding Montessori education as a parent — and applying some of it in the home — is not always so simple. In this episode, I speak with Erin and Andrew Ranallo about their experimental journey from basically zero knowledge about Montessori, to effectively using Montessori ideas and practices with their own children, Steggie (age 4) and Elon (18 months).
April 10, 2018
In this episode, we have a discussion with Berenice Saint-Saens, a Montessori educator who works with children from birth to 3 years, in both the classroom and the home.
March 27, 2018
In our first episode, we have a brief intro about the podcast and then jump right into a conversation about Montessori with Alessandra Aristimuño, a teacher who works at the Montessori Primary level, i.e. in a mixed-ages classroom with children ~3 to 6 years old.
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