- Association Montessori International – The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life’s work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death.
- American Montessori Society – The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning.
- North American Montessori Teachers’ Association – NAMTA documents Montessori in the public schools, helps teachers and administrators become more effective, further the advancement of Montessori concepts into mainstream education, and helps parents extend the Montessori environment into their homes.
- Michael Olaf Montessori Company – Offers Montessori toys, books, games, tools, music, and other educational and fun materials for children from birth to age twelve, at home and in school.
- The Montessori Foundation – The Montessori Foundation and its membership organization, The International Montessori Council, nurture, inspire, and support the development of strong, successful Montessori schools around the world.
- MariaMontessori.Com – MariaMontessori.com is a project from the Montessori Administrators Association (MAA) with a goal of providing accurate and relevant information about the Montessori method of education to parents around the world.
- Aid to Life – Provides instructions for movement, communication, independence, and self-discipline based on Montessori principles. The format is easy to understand and apply immediately. Presentations include video as well as step-by-step directions.
- Positive Discipline – Like Montessori education, Positive Discipline is based on respect and trust in the child. Positive Discipline equips parents with practical parenting tools, including using limited choices, encouragement and positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors, use of natural consequences to teach lessons, and the search for solutions through community or family meetings. This discipline philosophy is based largely on the principles developed by Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikers, which have been explained thoroughly in a series of books by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D. Positive Discipline is part of the fabric of daily life at Nature’s Way, and is carried out by all staff members through very practical means.
Photography by Nancy Belden.