Any science has it own vocabulary and terminology and the Montessori Method is no exception. Montessorians share a very specific set of references, references which of themselves are brief and succinct yet each one evokes the world of the child as described by Maria Montessori. Montessori language acts as a password, enabling the sender and the receiver to immediately decode the message being transmitted. A glossary is an alphabetical list of special or technical words or expressions.
The Glossary of Montessori Terms presented here relates to the theory and practice for the primary (3-6) level. It was prepared by Annette Haines at the request of Molly O'Shaughnessy to accompany her lecture at the Joint Annual Refresher Course, held in Tampa, Florida in February 2001. Annette is the Director of Training at the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis and Molly is the Director of Training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Pictures illustrating the Glossary were shown on that occasion and some of those are reproduced here. Readers will also find a selection in Communications 2/3, 2001 along with Molly's lecture "Introduction to the Refresher Course".