Montessori Education with Jesse McCarthy

By Jesse McCarthy

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A Montessori podcast for parents and teachers about raising children and educating students while bettering ourselves alongside them

Episode Date
To Structure Or Not To Structure?

Montessori-ish Mom Christina Clemer on how to Montessori at home with younger children |

Jun 02, 2020
The School of the Future

When schools finally reopen, which one will you be sending your child to? Episode page:

May 19, 2020
Cold soup, a Montessori story

Back in 1915, Maria Montessori shared a short but powerful experience.

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May 05, 2020
Success and Acton Academy with Jeff Sandefer

"Grit beats IQ every time." Jeff Sandefer, co-founder of the Acton network of 270+ schools

Jesse McCarthy |

Jeff Sandefer |

Apr 28, 2020
Montessori at Home for Working Parents

"Having a routine saves your life." Listen in as Daniela Monteiro -- longtime Montessori teacher and parent of two, a 9-month-old and an almost 3-year-old -- shares her experiences and insights as a working parent at home with the children.

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Apr 21, 2020
Montessori School Insights from Hong Kong

"We just completed our ninth week of school closures..."

Meet Karin Ann, co-founder of the International Montessori School of Hong Kong (IMS), a community of four campuses with ~1,000 children from ages 2 to 12

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Apr 14, 2020
What’s Really Going On? Coronavirus (COVID-19) with Dr. Amesh Adalja

“You might see a headline that says, ‘Deaths Double In This Town’, and they really just went up from two to four. ... It’s important to go beyond the headlines.”

Open conversation with Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Amesh Adalja, an expert on infectious diseases and pandemics who has recently been making the rounds on all the major news networks, from CNN to MSNBC to FOX.

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Apr 07, 2020
Learning at Home, Montessori Style: Practical Life

Short and sweet guidance for parents during these strange stuck-at-home times...

Jesse McCarthy |

-For more on washing a table at home, Montessori style, visit
-For more on practical life generally, visit

Mar 31, 2020
The Voice of Students (stuck at home)

With school closed and social distancing in effect, students share their experience and advice

Mar 22, 2020
Coronavirus and Children (with Mystery Doug)

A discussion on the Coronavirus with children’s science idol and Montessori parent, Doug Peltz

What is coronavirus in simple terms? How do I talk with children about it? What do I do at home given schools are closed?

Jesse McCarthy |

Doug Peltz |

Mar 15, 2020
Montessori, Toddlers — and Simone Davies

Stories and guidance from Simone's 15+ years of experience as a Montessori parent of two and teacher of thousands...

Feb 26, 2020
Montessori and The White House

Montessori vs. Traditional ... and the consequences

Feb 19, 2020
3 Stories from a Montessori Teacher

Alessandra Aristimuno offers a peek into her mixed-age Montessori classroom, with children from ~3 to 6 years old, and shares some guidance for parents and fellow Montessori teachers.

Jan 28, 2020
Montessori at Home

Four suggestions on being more Montessori at home (without turning your living room into a classroom)

Jan 15, 2020
Being with Children | Silvia Dubovoy

Seeing the child, and ourselves, with clear eyes

Dec 21, 2019
Too Independent?

How to handle the strong-willed child

Dec 11, 2019
Play | Peter Gray

Do children need more play — without adults around?

Nov 25, 2019
Mr. Rogers, a role model

"There’s no person in the whole world like you." Mr. Rogers

A thank you to Mr. Fred Rogers for what he’s done for children, and for us all...

Nov 13, 2019
Does Montessori School Make A Difference?

William Kelly talks about how his Montessori schooling, from preschool to junior high, helped him develop into a successful educational-technology entrepreneur and a flourishing human being.

Oct 28, 2019
Acknowledging Emotions

The importance and how-to of mirroring feelings

Oct 17, 2019
The Spirit of Montessori | Sanford Jones

What if you could learn from an individual with literally a half century of experience in Montessori? Meet Sanford Jones.

Sep 26, 2019
The Crying Boy & The Montessori Witch

The first time I visited a Montessori school, what I saw made me sick.

Sep 16, 2019
A Dad’s Perspective: Parenting Values

"How do I deal with each day-to-day issue that comes up with my children, while also helping to instill values that last?"

Aug 28, 2019
Tyranny of the Should

Ever feel like you *should* be doing better?

Aug 16, 2019
Real-Life Montessori | Simone Davies

Exploring sometimes challenging topics in Montessori, both at school and in the home

Jul 30, 2019
Instead of "Good Job"

“I get that I shouldn’t say ‘good job’ all the time, but then *what do I say*?”

Jul 18, 2019
A Montessori Mom Of Two

“I haven’t made a school lunch since they were 6,” says Heike Larson, parent of now 10-year-old Henrik and 12-year-old Karina.

Heike shares her experience and insight from about a decade in Montessori, both as a leader of a nationwide group of Montessori schools and as a Montessori mom of two fun-loving, industrious children.

Jun 27, 2019
Are All Montessori Schools The Same?

Some “Montessori” schools are not what you might think, and this recording offers a few things to look out for.

Jun 14, 2019
Free-Range Kids & Culture | Lenore Skenazy

Are you an overprotective parent? or maybe we’re all becoming an overly protective society? A discussion with Free-Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy about regaining confidence in children and in ourselves.

May 28, 2019
The Wandering Montessori Child

This episode is for parents and teachers who understandably wonder why children “wander” in Montessori classrooms — or, put more bluntly, it’s for those who’ve asked some form of the question “Why is that child, or my child, doing *nothing* in here?”

May 16, 2019
The Importance of Mothers

This episode is for all the independent, hard-working mothers out there — like my own wonderful and loving mom, Monica LePort, who helped raise me and my brother during the ‘80s and ‘90s in California, at at time when spanking was normal, parents were concerned about stalkers on the street, and kids like me were acting up and getting injured just as they’ve probably been doing throughout time.

May 01, 2019
How Do I Become A Montessori Teacher?

Have you ever considered making Montessori a profession? Hear insights about the journey to becoming a great Montessori teacher.

Apr 16, 2019
What Happens *After* Montessori?

A discussion with former Montessori child Meredith Narrowe about transitioning out of Montessori into public school and the larger world

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Mar 29, 2019
Do You Ever Get Mad At A Child?

There’s a lot out there on how to help children with their strong emotions, but how do we deal with our own?

Today I go over a listener’s question about this and then offer 3 steps to handling anger and stress.

Mar 16, 2019
Montessori Lingo

What do all these strange Montessori terms, like “Practical Life,” “Prepared Environment,” and "work," actually mean?

Today, with the Montessori teacher Marissa Poole, we discuss some of the lingo that can confuse parents and teachers who are new to Montessori education.

Feb 25, 2019
Questions about Montessori

1) Is Montessori for every child?

2) How do I best introduce Montessori materials to children at home?

3) Why does my child’s teacher keep calling herself a “guide”?

Feb 14, 2019
Self-Discipline in Montessori

It is the little things in life that over time add up to character.

How do children develop self-discipline, and how can we aid in that process?

Today we discuss these questions and more — including some related hot-topic cultural issues (like the incident of the MAGA kids and the Native American man) — with longtime Montessori parent and educator Gretchen Hall.

Jan 25, 2019
Connecting Montessori Teachers & Parents

How can Montessori teachers and parents connect more for the betterment of their children — and of themselves? How do Montessorians effectively communicate what’s going on inside the classroom? Can parents apply Montessori ideas at home?

Today we discuss these questions and more with Transparent Classroom founder Jeremy Lightsmith and one of his newest team members, Liz Strong.

Dec 20, 2018
Montessori Elementary

What actually goes on inside a Montessori Elementary classroom? Many parents have this question yet few ever hear a clear answer to it. Today we speak with Kelly Nastasi, a Montessori elementary teacher who’s been working with 1st - 6th graders for over 15 years. Kelly offers a peek into her classroom and discusses what Montessori elementary is really like.

Nov 17, 2018
Montessori Math

In this episode we talk with Kristin Kintanar, Montessori teacher and math enthusiast, to get a clear sense of what exactly children do with math inside Montessori classrooms and how it all differs from traditional schooling.

Oct 25, 2018
Montessori Myths & Misconceptions

Montessori is easily misunderstood. There are all sorts of myths and misconceptions about it. In this episode we talk with Amy Kwong — a veteran Montessori teacher, parent and head of school — to untangle a few of the biggest confusions.

Sep 24, 2018
Self-Esteem in Children

Have you ever felt that you’re not good enough, that maybe there's something wrong with you? With me to discuss how we develop self-esteem growing up — and what parents can do to help or hinder that process in their own child — is psychology Professor Eddie Brummelman from the University of Amsterdam.

Aug 23, 2018
Episode 6 - What is baby wearing?

An interview with Stacey Dee, experienced infant & toddler teacher who offers new parents (and all of us) some tips on attachment

Jul 25, 2018
Is Montessori School Worth The Money?

An interview with Ben Messelbeck*, a thoughtful & no-nonsense father who asks the tough questions on many parents’ minds

*Ben actually composed the musical intro to this podcast. His work can be found at

Jun 25, 2018
Want World Peace? | Grab a Mirror

Most people desire peace, and nearly all parents want their child to become a good person who, as the line goes, “doesn’t wind up in jail.” But it’s not always so easy to raise peaceful children, especially if we’re not yet peaceful ourselves as adults. In this episode, we discuss some ideas around peace education with Claudia Lee, a Montessori teacher of 3- to 6-year-olds who has a unique perspective on the topic.

May 24, 2018
Becoming a Montessori Parent

Understanding Montessori education as a parent — and applying some of it in the home — is not always so simple. In this episode, I speak with Erin and Andrew Ranallo about their experimental journey from basically zero knowledge about Montessori, to effectively using Montessori ideas and practices with their own children, Steggie (age 4) and Elon (18 months).

Apr 26, 2018
Infants & Toddlers | from Womb to the World

In this episode, we have a discussion with Berenice Saint-Saens, a Montessori educator who works with children from birth to 3 years, in both the classroom and the home.

Apr 10, 2018
Episode 1 - A brief intro & jumping right into Montessori!

In our first episode, we have a brief intro about the podcast and then jump right into a conversation about Montessori with Alessandra Aristimuño, a teacher who works at the Montessori Primary level, i.e. in a mixed-ages classroom with children ~3 to 6 years old.


Mar 27, 2018