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22/04/2016

Montessori International Issue 118: Welcome from the Editor

By Philip Davies, Editor, Montessori International magazine

Though weve just missed it with this issue, International Childrens Book Day takes place on or around every April 2nd (Hans Christian Andersens birthday), its aim being to inspire children to pick up a book and get reading. This issue of Montessori International is in the same spirit, looking at different aspects of books and their place in our lives.  

Of the theme articles When We Were Young gives an insight to MSN staffs childhood reading; Story reading considers the values of both reading and listening; Why a book puts the case for books in the digital age; and Books and reading gives a childminders perspective. Elsewhere, Lauren Colvins Q&A tackles the problem of engaging a 4 year old with reading, and Kathryn Solly outlines the special educational needs approach.

There is a lot of news in this issue, starting off with Stephen Tommiss article on the sustainability of MSA within MSN, the Chairmans update from Martin Bradley, and reports of the MCI/MEAB graduation ceremony and awards and the MSA National Conference.

Other articles include Mike Gibson on the evolution of MCIs course quality assurance procedures, Roz Payne describes the transition of a voluntary crà ¨che into a sessional pre-school, and on the international front Laura Perfetti writes about her time in Coffee Bay in South Africa.

This is a big issue of the magazine, partly at least because of the shift from four to three issues every year. It is however also a result of the wealth of news and information about the MSN charitys on-going development and the Montessori family here in the UK and worldwide, so I really hope that you will enjoy looking through and reading Montessori International number 118. Please note that we have also tweaked the design slightly so that the magazine is now resplendent with the new logo and brand colours as the charity introduces its rebranding in steady stages.

About the Author: Philip Davies

Even from a very early age it was difficult to separate Philip Davies from books, which perhaps made his professional qualification in librarianship almost inevitable. That training inamongst other thingsrecord keeping, cataloguing and keeping everything in good order provided a sound foundation for the development of his subsequent career in administration in different areas of education.

As well as MEAB and the magazine he has had a long-standing association with study abroad programs for American undergraduates (a connection that has in turn led to him indexing several academic textbooks, including works on Middle East politics and media studies).

And he is still inseparable from booksbookshops tend to act on him as black holes do on matter: he is ineluctably drawn into them (but eventually comes away with yet another pile of things to read).