Montessori and books The Joyful Child and Child of the World

Birth to three child development video clips

Susan's education work and bio

At the Montessori Model UN, MMUN

Susan's art page

Susan in Palestine
The Joyful Child

To purchase Susan's books: Books
Latest book: The Joyful Child

The last, the remaining, items from Susan's work
around the world,
are now being closed out: ASIA
child wearning a Nepali hat "topi"

Montessori 0-3

For the last 28 years this work has been supported by Michael Olaf Montessori Company, customers and friends.

The painting to the left is Michael Olaf holding his nephew Tai. My focus in the last years has been the development of the human being in the most powerful and influential first three years of life 0-3 years

The Dalai Lama

Read about the conference in Sikkim, Northern India, Science, Spirituality, and Education, a meeting of the Dalai Lama, scientists, philosophers, and educators including 5 of us Montessorians. Sikkim

This painting was made from photographs I took of the Dalai Lama in Sikkim, and others in books and magazines.

In 2003, for my 60th birthday, I traveled through Tibet, ending at the school for the blind in Lhasa. The painting to the right is of an old woman waiting for someone to unlock the door to Milarepa's cave so she could turn the prayer wheel.

Read details and about the school for the blind in Lhasa, here: Tibet

Wheel of Life To help bring good Montessori education to Bhutan I visited three times. The picture to the left is from photographs I was allowed to take in a class for young monks. Read about these trips, and the establishment of the first real Montessori class in many years here: Bhutan A class for young monks in Bhutan
Susan in Palesstinian village

Since my first trip in 1963, I have wanted to to something to help children in the Middle East. (painting to come) For more information from the 2011 trip see:
Montessori in the Middle East

A baptism in Russia

While consulting the the Montessori School of Moscow I happened upon a Russian Orthodox baptism which inspired this painting. See more of this visit here: Russia

Even if you do not read Russian, your students/children will enjoy looking at the Russian script on this Montessori language chart: chart

In 2002 and 2005 I studied Buddhism in Dharamsala, India, and gave talks to the Montessori teachers at the Tibetan Children's Village: TCV Children's Village page: TCV home page

In this painting to the right the young son of a friend, making monasteries of Russian dolls I brought him.

Matreshkas After many years of teaching children from 2-13 in Montessori classes, I respected our youngest child's desire to homeschool. The painting to the right was done during that time. Michael is now a lawyer and musician. To read a brief account of his homeschooling memories, see this page:
Montessori homeschooling
Soccer on Moonstone Beach, Trinidad, CA
Creamation in Nepal

The painting: cremation ghats on the Bagmati River in Kathmandu. While helping a Montessori teacher I spent a week helping poor Bhotia children at the Sri Mangel Dvip boarding school. This year 2 of the SMD teachers will begin Montessori training! Pictures and links from the boarding school here SMD

Swimming in Thaliand

In 2006 the first AMI Montessori 3-6 training began in Thailand and I was on the staff. This year there are 200 people being trained as teachers! This painting is from pictures taken while visiting a student's home at a Buddhist self-sustaining community. Here are some pictures from that first course, and a link to find out what is happening now: Thailand

Susan and her husband have run The Michael Olaf Montessori Shop for many years.
Montessori information and materials can be found here.

This page was updated
on March 3, 2014