Research Articles


Montessori: The Science Behind The Genius


Current scientific research provides astounding support for Montessori's major insights. In her Book

'Montessori: the Science behind the Genius' Angeline Lillard presents the research concerning eight

insights that are foundational to Montessori education and describes how each of these insights is

applied in the Montessori classroom. This book gives parents and teachers alike a clear understanding

of what happens in a Montessori classroom and, more importantly, why it happens and why it works.

Read more on this website, where you can download a chapter for free.


Unplugging the Hands 

In our technological world it’s so easy to forget one of Maria Montessori’s fundamental principles of education, adopted from the ancient wisdom of Aristotle, ‘The hands are the instrument of man’s intelligence.’1 This collective amnesia frequently occurs in Montessori classrooms, where it’s so tempting to fall in with the received wisdom from the educational rule-makers that pressing, swiping, mouse-pointing, dragging and dropping are the movements that children most need to be learning and practising.......

The Importance of Messy Play

Mess is an essential part of childhood. Living in a small urban homes or a rented property – as is the case for many city dwellers – can make messy play stressful and cause it to be avoided. Also, it is easy for parents to feel that people will criticize or judge if our child is seen wearing dirty clothes, or if our homes are less than pristine and spotless. Fear of bacteria can also contribute to a degree of paranoia about dirt.

When we talk about messy play, we aren’t referring to unhygienic living standards or toys strewn all over the house. We’re talking about activities such as jumping in puddles, making mud pies, painting, sand play, clay molding and play dough............