When thinking about the Montessori method, many things stand out: the prepared environment, the didactic materials, the intensive training for the teachers. The children are often the last (but most important) component of the Montessori classroom. The classroom is designed for them, prepared for them, and presented to them. It’s when they begin to interact […]
One of the major criticisms of Montessori preschool – one I’ve heard dozens of times – is that it doesn’t allow for enough social interaction because of the nature of individual work. Is this true? And more than that, if Montessori doesn’t allow for much social interaction between children, is this a negative or damaging […]
The 3-6 age group is where it all began, back at the first Montessori school (Casa dei Bambini, or “Children’s House”) in a housing project on the outskirts of Rome, Italy. The reason for starting with this age group was simple: children age seven and older attended school, while younger children ran around unsupervised. The […]
Welcome to the next installment of the Montessori Basics series! According to my visitor tracking program, the first four posts in this series have been extremely popular. I actually did a variation on this post a few months ago, but I’ve updated and expanded it for this series.