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The Michigan Montessori Society holds bi-annual workshops, publishes a seasonal newsletter, and recommends educational videos and books. Information on Montessori training centers can be found on our Affiliates page.


The Michigan Montessori Society strives to conduct two educational workshops each year. Traditionally, these are scheduled on the first Saturday of November and the second Saturday of March. However, the specific dates are set each year according to the availability of the guest speakers. The workshops are designed to meet the needs of both teachers and parents.

For details on current and upcoming workshops, go to the Workshops page on this site.


The Michigan Montessori Society publishes four newsletters each year: one in the fall, winter, spring and summer. These newsletters are designed to give you, as members, information about the Society and its activities. Recent newsletters are available online here.

In publishing this newsletter, we look for articles of general interest to teachers and parents. A new school -- or new school program -- is featured in each newsletter whenever possible. We look for articles that concern teaching methods, ideas for use in the classroom, parenting tips and general news. Although a member of the MMS board takes on the job of editing the newsletter, we welcome articles and ideas from all Society members.

In addition, we include a section for advertising. Further information is available from the MMS office.

MMS-Recommended Video Selections

These selections are available from the North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA).

DESIGNS FOR DIFFERENCES -- "The Montessori Elementary" (30 minutes) gives a profile of the Ruffing Montessori elementary program. The film utilizes a wide range of presentations and creates an exciting picture of a Montessori elementary program in action.

A CHILD'S HOME ENVIRONMENT -- Explores the effect of the home environment and highlights principles of concentration, choice and responsibility.

IS MONTESSORI FOR ME? -- Consideration of Montessori versus other preschool alternatives -- seen through the view of a prospective parent.

FIVE GOING ON SIX -- This presentation demonstrates the benefits to the child who remains for the third year of preschool.

MARIA MONTESSORI: FOLLOW THE CHILD -- Prize-winning documentary. Interviews with first-generation Montessorians who knew Maria Montessori are interspersed with some of the most spontaneous Montessori classroom scenes ever filmed.

A WORLD OF PEACE -- "An Introduction to Montessori Education." Presents Montessori in action showing infants, preschoolers, and kindergartners.

MMS-Recommended Book Selections

Author Title
Barnett, Regina Let Out the Sunshine
Chattin-McNichols, John Montessori Controversy
Kramer, Rita Maria Montessori
Lillard, Angeline Stoll Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
Lillard, Paula Polk Montessori Today
Montessori, Maria The Absorbent Mind
Montessori, Maria Discovery of the Child
Montessori, Maria Secret of Childhood
Seldin, Tim and Donna The World In The Palm of Her Hand
Wolf, Aline A Book About Anna
Wolf, Aline Our Peaceful Classroom
Wolf, Aline A Parent's Guide to the Montessori Classroom

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