A great extension for grammar studies is the Grammar Symbol Boxes. They are fun and easy to make, and children love them! You can start small and make the Noun, Article, and Adjective Boxes first. Then you can add Verb and Adverb, and later add the rest of the parts of speech. Or, if you’re […]
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In today’s crowded world of power struggles and ego trips, the Montessori method serves as a guide to raising unselfish, self-regulated, caring human beings who are problem solvers and have the self confidence to lead successful lives by their own efforts, rather than at the expense of their fellow citizens.
The world needs Montessori!
August 31st, 2012, was a special day for Montessorians all over the world. Not only was it the celebration of Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday, but Google chose to honor her today with a special “Google Doodle” made up of the familiar Montessori materials we know and love.
P. Donohue Shortridge will be presenting a talk on the importance of the natural world to children at the AMS conference in San Francisco next March, focusing specifically on the adverse effects of screen time for children. I thought it would be good to talk to her about the topic of children and popular culture, and she was kind enough to answer my questions. Let’s jump right in!
Dyslexia is something that I’ve heard about my entire adult life as a teacher. But my knowledge has been fairly superficial until now.
Most children start Montessori at an early age. They quickly grow accustomed to the beautiful materials. They grow accustomed to being treated with respect.
What happens when a child who has never been in Montessori sees Montessori materials for the first time? What happens when a child who has never been in Montessori is treated with respect?
No two days are alike in any elementary classroom. Students buzz with activity, moving in and out of projects and conversations like busy bees.
But there are ways to include some consistent (but not very time-consuming) activities each day that teach important skills and help establish the tone for work time. Here are my favorites.
Those of us in Montessori education see the positive effects of Montessori on a daily basis. We watch as children’s fine motor skills are strengthened, their reasoning skills sharpened, and their independence encouraged through daily interaction with the prepared Montessori environment.