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Montessori Schools Balance Tradition and Tech

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Over a 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed a radical approach to education with a curriculum driven by a child’s natural development and interests. Mom Lori Israeli, whose three children attend Gladwyne Montessori School in Gladwyne, PA, has seen firsthand how the Montessori program ignites children’s passion to learn through both traditional methods and technology use.

Lori’s son Graham’s study of architecture began with books when he was a third grader. What he read led him online, where he discovered that the tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa, designed by architect Adrian Smith and built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

For Famous Person’s Day at school, Graham dressed like Smith and gave a presentation with a Lego replica of Burj Khalifa. His mom snapped a picture and e-mailed it to Smith’s Chicago firm, and Graham received a package filled with blueprints in return.

In the information age, such self-directed learning has no bounds. Montessori schools have integrated technology into the curriculum in unique ways while staying true to Montessori philosophy.

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