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In Montessori, 3-part cards are used in Primary (3-6) to teach the names of things found in our world. In Elementary (6-9), definitions are given to add another layer of information.
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 ambitious, you can make all 9 at one time!
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 is a special day for Montessorians all over the world - it the celebration of Maria Montessori's birthday! Google chose to honor her on that day with a special "Google Doodle" made up of the familiar Montessori materials we know and love.
P. Donohue Shortridge works with schools and families as a consultant, helping them implement Montessori ideals in their practice and in their lives. I thought it would be good to talk to her about the topic of children and 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.