Mother Teresa and Montessori

Tomorrow is the memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta, more commonly known as just Mother Teresa. This is an important day for us at Hilltop Children’s House because we have entrusted our work to the intercession of St. Teresa for two reasons: Mother Teresa worked among the underserved, underprivileged, and forgotten people of Calcutta, India.…

Child Learn

Learning. Not “Through Play.”

Montessori is its all about “learn through play,” right? Not so. The article I mentioned a few days ago by Pascal Emmanuel Gobry has a good passage on this topic: Everybody loves the idea of children “learning through play,” and Montessori is sometimes described as encouraging this, but serious Montessorians react to such a formulation…

“I like whatever I do.”

Noëlle posted an article on Facebook today and led off her caption with this quote: “We should be encouraging the children in our care to revel in their childhood, not hurry out of it as if children were no more than miniature, imperfect versions of adults.” This article, “The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning” looks…

To Eliminate the Achievement Gap

“Our care for the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” —Maria Montessori There is a gap in academic achievement among students according to family income. This income achievement gap has been established…

Our Patron Saint

In the late 1940’s a sister of the Irish order of the Sisters of Loretto began receiving visions of Jesus. She was, at the time, teaching at a school in Calcutta, India. In these visions Jesus told her he wanted her to form an order of Indian nuns that would, among other things, assist children.…

The Front of the Building

Why I am Doing This

Last year, on Palm Sunday, a 15-year-old boy was killed a block and a half from my house. He was shot down in the street because his brother was connected with a gang. At least, that’s the story that I heard. His two companions were also shot, but managed to flee the scene. It was…