Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Movement is encouraged and the Montessori environment is specifically designed to accommodate the variety of developmental movement milestones that occur within the first three years of life. Learn more about how the Montessori prepared environment is set up to encourage and stimulate movement and motor skills for the infant or toddler.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Use World Health Day to engage your Montessori students in discussions, ideas for activities, and further exploration of the importance of good health from a personal, local, and global perspective. Here are a few ideas to kick start your own approach to teaching the importance of good health in your Montessori classroom.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Montessori understood that children must experience the world through their senses in order for the brain to develop. Being able to see, hear, smell, feel, and yes, taste their environment, is critical. Through movement and sensory input, children develop neural pathways, shaping their emerging minds and gaining control of their bodies. The Montessori philosophy embraces the idea that in order to fully engage with the environment, the child must be free to move.
Monday, March 22, 2010
We have compiled a huge list of Virtual Field Trips for your Montessori classroom, as well as a guide on how to properly integrate them into your lessons.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
When we speak of a prepared Montessori environment, we often think of the preparation of the teacher and the materials. But it goes much deeper than that. Before we put materials on shelves, before we cut paper and sharpen pencil crayons, before we fill small pitchers with colored water, we prepare ourselves and the Montessori physical environment.
There is no prescription for a ‘typical’ Montessori classroom. The teacher’s own personality is reflected in the choice of decor. However, there is one prevailing thought; we create a space that both calms the soul and satisfies the innate desire for order.
When creating a peaceful environment, consider the following:
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Community Service (also called Service Learning) projects integrate the academic and behavioral lessons learned with the Montessori concept of Cosmic Education. By teaching civic responsibility, children of all ages learn the value of being a contributing member of society. They see firsthand that they are able to strengthen the bonds within their own communities. Both beneficiaries and students are transformed by the power of the service.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Montessori academic course of study in the lower elementary classroom revolves around the idea of Cosmic Education, or the idea that everything is connected and interdependent upon one another. Just as the universe is seen as a whole community, the lower elementary Montessori classroom is a community of learners which follow very clear ground rules that ensure the success and freedom of all students.
The mantra to “follow the child” is ingrained in the Montessori teacher. The Montessori environment is specially prepared with focus on the individual. Students have the freedom to move about the classroom, exploring and learning as their interest is piqued. Even so, individuals find themselves in the center of the Montessori community. To ensure success, Montessori teachers establish very clear ground rules.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Having your own St. Patrick’s Day feast in your Montessori classroom is a way to incorporate the history of the holiday with the practical life and math skills involved with cooking. Depending on your schedule and students, your feast can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like!
Friday, March 5, 2010
In previous blogs, we have discussed the importance of defining a vision and mission for your Montessori school, including identifying the guiding principles behind this. Your open house provides the perfect opportunity to communicate these important messages and build your identity within your community. Be sure to display your mission and guiding principles prominently in the entrance to your school, on all public documents such as brochures, newsletters, parent handbooks, websites, and even registration forms. This is also an ideal time to update your public documents with information, images, and messages that clearly illustrate your position as an important member of your community, your programs and schedules, and your success as an educational institution.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The first Women’s Day was created to help further the role of women in society and government and specifically address the right of women to vote and have a role in Parliament. International Women’s Day has historically been an opportunity for protests, activism, raising awareness and celebration. In the United States, this day can be part of a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month.
Education is key to the fabric of any society, and offers a strong theme for the further study of International Women’s Day. For the Montessori elementary teacher, this provides an opportunity to share with your students the history of struggle and achievement of women in order to receive an equal education through activities and discussion.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Within every young child is the need for order. The initial lessons of Grace and Courtesy center on building the Montessori classroom community, and are often presented in the context of the Montessori Practical Life curriculum. They answer the child’s questions of how they fit into and participate in their environment. Using clear language and modeling, Montessori teachers present these lessons to provide structure so the child can know her place, not only in the Montessori environment, but in the world at large.
Monday, March 1, 2010
In the Montessori environment, the concept of “going-out” is related to the acquisition of culture. Montessori was a firm believer in the need for elementary-aged students to benefit from the firsthand experience of outside activities involving society, culture, and the natural world. Dr. Montessori stated that “The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.” By providing opportunities that engage the student in a holistic manner, we are enabling an immersion of lasting sensory experiences. Environmental living programs are an amazing combination of going out, Cosmic Education, Montessori and stewardship values.
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