Category: Montessori & Waldorf

Happy birthday Maria Montessori

In honor of Maria Montessori’s birthday, on August 31, my dear friend Sybille Tezzele Kramer, artist and homeschooling mom, created a wonderful poster for her !


Sybille’s description of her work:
At the center of the poster, you see a learning companion or mother with some children of various ages. She plays with the Montessori bead frame, and the child in her arm loves to participate! Scattered on the table are some Montessori wood numerals – that seem to interest the cat – and a few bead bars.

Another child is busy with the square roots board, while observing what others are doing. The child left (my favorite child in this picture ) daydreaming and cuddles with the cat. 
On the right we see a girl who chose her own resting place, focusing on a book.

A green moon shines from top reminding me of the Montessori Grammar Box with its crescent green moon symbol for prepositions.

Opposite the sun radiates from the Montessori seasonal cycles material with the colorful icons for each month.

On top, a rainbow bridge connects a small town, symbol for the inner world, with a field of flowers, symbol for the outer world.

In the flower field there is a girl happily contemplating the hanging Montessori multiplication beads.

On top left, two children are exploring a large snail which stands for ” learning at one’s own pace ” look .

Right and left there is a butterfly and a bird, because in Montessori education, there is sufficient space to grow wings!

I dedicate the poster to all who continue to love the spirit and knowledge of Maria Montessori!

If you like the poster, you can copy it and show it on your blog, Twitter or Facebook! Let’s celebrate Maria Montessori’s special day in this way!

With love,
Sybille Tezzele-Kramer
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Thank you, Sybille !

Friedrich Froebel – Grandfather of New Learning Culture

Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852), the inventor of kindergarten, is one of New Learning Culture’s “grandfathers”. In a time when children were treated incredibly poorly, he recognized the child’s natural intelligence and innocence.

He invented the Kindergarten and did groundbreaking work to help children grow with joy and ease. He developed a series of teaching toys, the Froebel Gifts, which were enthusiastically used by Buckminster Fuller.

He left us with truly inspirational texts which are as valid today as they were over hundred fifty years ago. To quote Friedrich Froebel:

“The mind grows by self revelation. In play the child ascertains what he can do, discovers his possibilities of will and thought by exerting his power spontaneously. In work he follows a task prescribed for him by another, and does not reveal his own proclivities and inclinations — but another’s. In play he reveals his own original power.”

Excerpt from “The Froebel Kindergarten Philosophy” by Scott Bultman, Founder Froebel USA

– Humans are creative beings.

– Play is the engine that drives true learning.

– Children can only learn what they are ready to learn.

– Education means to “lead someone to knowledge.”

– Kindergarten is meant to be a prepared environment.

– Activities are a window into a child’s inner world.

– Mathematical work is not just for instruction, it also emphasizes order.

– Teaching should always be joyful, fun and easy.

You can read the full text at
You can see and order the Froebel Gifts at WWW.FROEBELUSA.COM

Here is a clip about the Froebel USA Conference 2010:


We are planning to organize the next Froebel Conference (2011) here in the San Francisco Bay Area!

With joy,

Integrating Montessori and Waldorf

Harmony Montessori in Mill Valley, Ca. is integrating elements from Waldorf in their Montessori-based structure.

Wilana Anderson, founder and inspired educator is doing a Waldorf training in addition to her Montessori teacher training, and together, we are finding ways to to offer children learning opportunities from each method.

Children are offered self-directed learning opportunities and guided lessons with materials from Montessori and Waldorf. The environment offers the basic Montessori preschool materials, such as the pink tower and the brown stairs.

Montessori Language materials:

Montessori botany leaf and flower cabinets:

Montessori science experiments:

Waldorf pretend play materials:

Waldorf dolls and fairy play houses:

Waldorf and Montessori complement each other in many ways, not only in the learning environment.

Teachers can hugely benefit from opening up to a variety of educational approaches. Each method has its genius.

You can use the tools of “Inspired Self-Directed Learning” to give guided lessons, foster independent learning and the nourish the intelligence of pretend play.

Come join us for a workshop at Harmony Montessori, April 29, 2010 7-9m. Please register here

With joy,
Carmen Gamper