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Dr. Josh Thompson (he/him)

Professor Early Childhood Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Office Location: EdSouth 204

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: 903-886-5537


Professional Vita

Montessori Works

"The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith 

that the child will reveal himself through work. She must free herself from all 

preconceived ideas concerning the levels at which the children may be."

Maria Montessori. (1984). The Absorbent Mind. Dell Publishing, p. 270.

  Maria Montessori headshot 1933  
Grammar Symbols Montessori Works

What is Montessori Education?

     - Two Guiding Principles

     - Maria Montessori Quotes

     - What Others Say

Course Materials for DMTEP

Montessori Research

DFW Montessori Schools

     - Public

     - Private

Montessori Organizations

Montessori Materials Providers

What is Montessori Education?

Two Guiding Principles of Montessori Education

from my first Montessori Mentor, Sr. Monica Marie (Sally Hibberd), an Ursuline nun, 1981:

1. Highly organized sets of self-help material

2. Spontaneous activity

The American Montessori Society is one of a number of official associations promoting Montessori education. Click here for AMS history of Montessori.

Core Elements, as outlined by The Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI):

Some Montessori Quotes

It is best to understand a thing by looking straight at it - so it is best to look at Montessori by looking straight at her own words. Dozens of books, training manuals, and speeches on many continents show us her thoughts, alongside hundreds of didactic materials she invented, created, or discovered for teaching children. Here are some key quotes

"The objects in our system are instead a help to the child himself, he chooses what he wants for his own use, and works with it according to his own needs, tendencies and special interests. In this way, the objects become a means of growth."
- Discovery of the Child :: Clio Press, 1988 (reprinted 1996 edition) :: p. 150

"Our goal is not so much the imparting of knowledge as the unveiling and developing of spiritual energy."
- The Child in the Family :: The Clio Montessori Series, 1996 :: p. 63

"We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit."
- Education for a New World :: Clio Press, 1988 :: p. 69

More selected quotes: My favorite single text written by Montessori is her summative work The Absorbent Mind (1949, reprint 1995) Owl Books.


Other people's words about the Montessori Method

American Montessori Society

National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS)

Simone Davies

Trevor Eissler

Dr. Angeline Lillard

Dr. Peggy Loeffler

Dr. Zlata Stanković-Ramirez

Dr. Josh Thompson

-      Montessori Works .org

-      Montessori Works DE .org

-      Montessori Works

-      Montessori Works .net

-      Montessori.Works 

Course Materials for Dallas Montessori Teacher Education Program

Dallas Montessori Teacher Education Program

-       Google classroom July 2024

-       Google classroom July 2024

-       Montessori Observation Guidelines (Hundley, 1985)   

Three Questions, and your answers in wordle form (

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Montessori Institute of North Texas

Montessori Research



Databases, Bibliographies, Ethical Guidelines:

DFW and North Texas area Montessori Schools

Next after reading her writing, the best introduction to Montessori is to enter into the classroom. Here is a sampling of programs in the North Texas area:

Directory of Montessori Schools in the United States:

Public Schools

Dallas ISD

Downtown Montessori at Ida B. Wells Academy 



Dallas ISD

Eduardo Mata Montessori School 



Dallas ISD

George B. Dealey Montessori Academy 



Dallas ISD

Harry Stone Montessori Academy 



Dallas ISD

Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez 


Dallas ISD

Prestonwood Montessori at E.D. Walker ES 


Garland ISD

Garland ISD Montessori


Garland ISD

Herfurth Elementary School


Garland ISD

Luna Elementary School


Fort Worth ISD

Forth Worth Charter School

East Fort Worth Montessori 


Cedar Hill ISD

Lakeridge Elementary School


East Dallas

East Dallas Community School

(214) 824-8950

East Dallas

Lindsley Park Community School


East Dallas

Montessori Children’s House and School


Montessori Children's House - Dallas .org

East Dallas

Alcuin School

972-239-1745 972-934-8727 

East Dallas

White Rock Montessori


Oak Cliff

Casa de Paz Montessori 


Oak Cliff

Spring Hill Montessori 


Oak Cliff

Mt. St. Michael Catholic School

(formerly Prince of Peace Community School) 


Fort Worth




The Montessori Academy of Arlington



North Garland Montessori School 



Redeemer Montessori School



St. Francis Montessori



The Montessori School



Daffodils Preschool



Archgate Montessori Academy



Children’s Garden Montessori Academy



Pebble Creek Montessori



Legacy Montessori Academy



Oak Forest Montessori School



Episcopal Day School



Country Life Montessori



Montessori Academy of North Texas


Montessori Organizations

The Montessori Foundation

American Montessori Society

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

North American Montessori Teachers Association

National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

American Educational Research Association

Association Montessori Internationale

Montessori Connections

Dallas Montessori Teacher Education Program

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Christian Montessori Fellowship

Montessori Materials Providers

Bruins Montessori (Oak Cliff)

Juliana Group

Michael Olaf   

LORD Equipment

Montessori Services  


What else do you wonder about Montessori? Ask, wonder, follow the child.

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