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The World in the Palm of Their Hand: Making Geography and Introducing Mapping to the Young Child (Ages 4-9)

Tim Seldin


Based on his well-known book, the World of the Palm of Her Hand, Tim Seldin will share practical lessons and activities that can be done in the classroom or the Montessori-inspired home that go beyond the Montessori activities that many people are aware of, to introduce new simple games and exercises that help children think about how they relate to physical space indoors and outdoors and to introduce mapping. Tim will also share lessons and ideas that many parents and Montessori teachers may not be aware of, that help young children from age 4 to 9 understand the concept of time and a first introduction to how we can help them understand history. These will be very practical exercises that can be done in the classroom or in the home.


Tim Seldin

Tim is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. He is a co-founder of the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and Co-Director of its Montessori School Leadership Certification Program.

His more than forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was his own alma mater from age two through high school graduation. Tim was the co-founder and Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and currently also serves as the Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. Tim Seldin is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Master Teachers – Model Programs, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

Tim is the father and step-father to five former Montessori students, and the grandfather of a new generation of Montessori students. He lives on a small vineyard north of Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Joyce St. Giermaine, their many horses, dogs, and cats.

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