Conferences and Events

Attend theme-based events that bring Montessori trainers and current experts together to discuss timely topics.

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STORE IS CLOSED

As we move our operations to Seattle, we will be closing our store for the month of November. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NAMTA Adolescent Studies

Develop an integrated and holistic view of the adolescent in relation to Montessori psychology, methodology, and philosophy.

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Whole-School Administration

Discover professional development for administrators through Tier One Plus programs or The Whole-School Montessori Handbook series.

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Purchase books by Montessori, parent-friendly media, and many unique and educational publications that support Montessori practices from birth to adulthood.

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2018-19 Conference Series

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FAQs

Are NAMTA and AMI the same organization?

No. NAMTA is an affiliate organization of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), but joining NAMTA does not make you a member of AMI.

Are all Montessori schools private?

No. Approximately 200 public schools in the U.S. and Canada offer Montessori programs, and this number is growing every year.

Are Montessori children successful later in life?

Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.

Are Montessori schools religious?

Some are, but most are not. Some Montessori schools, just like other schools, operate under the auspices of a church, synagogue, or diocese, but most are independent of any religious affiliation.

Can I do Montessori at home with my child?

Only a trained Montessori teacher can properly implement Montessori education, using the specialized learning equipment of the Montessori “prepared environment.” Moreover, the social development that comes from being in an environment with other children is an integral part of Montessori education.

However, Montessori philosophy and practices have much to offer homeschooling parents.

All parents can use Montessori principles of child development at home, complementing your child’s experiences in Montessori school. Look at your home through your child’s eyes. Children need a sense of belonging, and they get it by participating fully in the routines of everyday life. “Help me do it by myself” is the life theme of the preschooler. Providing opportunities for independence is the surest way to build your child’s self-esteem. The NAMTA publication At Home with Montessori describes ways to use Montessori philosophy in the home environment.

How do I find Montessori schools in my area?

NAMTA publishes The NAMTA Directory each year in April. The directory lists schools that have paid a small fee for a listing. You can search for schools in the online school directory or you can purchase a print version.

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Welcome back and thank you for your patience as we have been transitioning to new locations, beginning new work with new staff, and refreshing our processes.

Our online store and archives have successfully moved into a new space where all of our publications and media, both for sale and for research via the archives, are housed in one large office/warehouse. Along with the refreshed processes and efficiency this new space brings, we will be implementing new ordering and payment systems for the NAMTA store and updating other member services. We are now filling back orders and will be ready to accept new orders by December 11th.

Our operations are now headquartered in Seattle and are being managed by NAMTA’s longtime president Jacquie Maughan. Please feel free to contact us at staff@montessori-namta.org or call the Seattle office at 206-919-6349.

For additional news and updates, please see the note from the NAMTA officers.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend our conference in Seattle/Tacoma on April 4-7, 2019. This conference will not only explore the most current approaches and uses of technology but will also inspire and enrich our understanding of maintaining our balance with the forces that keep us rooted and connected to humanity through the power of story, the natural world, and creativity. Check back soon for program and registration information.