Seven Things to Do in Elementary Every Day

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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.

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Filling in the Gaps for Elementary 6-9 Montessori

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I was reminded recently that Maria Montessori did not provide us with an elementary curriculum, simply with materials and the instructions on how to use them. (This is aside from the underlying philosophy—I am speaking simply of the tools we have in the classroom.) This can mean that we have, as my trainer Sister Mary called them, “gaps” in what a Montessori child learns.

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Montessori Basics 11: Materials and Resources for Elementary 9-12

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

I get more and more questions about 9-12 all the time, and I think it’s great! It means that parents and teachers are so thrilled with the way children progress in 6-9, they want it to continue. I’ve been assembling some helpful 9-12 information and thought it would be nice to put it together in one post.

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Taking a Closer Look at 9-12 Materials

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

The materials in my store span the ages of 2-15, but sometimes teachers and parents are interested in only the 9-12 materials. So, here’s a helpful list of everything I sell that can be used in 9-12…

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Recommended Books for the Elementary Classroom

Monday, February 9th, 2009

A couple of months ago, I received an email from a Montessori elementary teacher. In it, she posed this question: “If I bought only one reference book for my classroom, which book should I buy?”

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Montessori Basics 6: Essentials of a 6-9 Classroom

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Ah, the Montessori 6-9 classroom! One of my favorite places in the whole world. Here’s a look a the essential materials that every Montessori elementary classroom should have.

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10 Steps to Outstanding Student Presentations

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

At one of my former schools, every spring the elementary students (grades 1-6) chose a topic to research and prepared a short (5-10 min.) oral presentation about it. Topics ranged from “how cellphones work” to “frogs”, and anything in between. Sports, animals, technology, science, and other countries all seemed to be popular subjects. Projects were […]

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Do Montessori Kids Need Homework?

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Yes, I’m on to another controversial topic right after the last one; I’m having fun, actually, talking about these issues and I love to hear from you guys about them! Sister Mary (my Montessori trainer) taught that homework shouldn’t be necessary for a child in a Montessori school. For starters, the child won’t usually have […]

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Responsibility in the 9-12 Classroom

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

I have only a little knowledge about the 9-12 age group (I taught them music when I was a 6-9 teacher); otherwise, my experience is limited to having actually been 9-12 at one time, but not in Montessori. I know that Maria Montessori believed that the 6-12 period was one of stability, but times have […]

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All About Math Bingo Games

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

One of my astute readers from South Africa, Lesley, emailed me the other day with a question about the elementary workplans. In them, I mention Bingo Games under “Math”, but I don’t explain what they are. I sometimes forget that the names of materials may differ from training center to training center (or country to […]

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