Montessori sometimes has a reputation as being multi-cultural or that it teaches lots about the world. The Montessori curriculum is indeed rich in curriculum experiences that can be used as windows into the world. While these certainly help increase a child's knowledge of the world we can use the Montessori curriculum to help us further develop our practice using modern pedagogical ideas.
Measurement is a skill that is formally introduced to students around age 5. Children who have encountered traditional Montessori early childhood materials would have been introduced to sensorial equipment which gives indirect preparation to measurement, for example think of the measurement work a child learns in the knobless cylinders. There are ideas around weight, width, and height.
When I was younger I was very keen on making sure my classroom held as much fidelity to the Montessori classrooms I saw in pictures on the internet. Beautiful shelves, children all heads down and working, you probably know what I am talking about! However over time I have modified my thinking into what a prepared environment and productive work cycle looks like, this has become more true for me as I have observed my son and learned about his neurodiversity.
The First Great Story is an awesome story. It has taken me a few years to get to a point where I am comfortable delivering it and ensuring that I am giving a variety of engaging lessons before and after. The following recount took place over three weeks. Some Montessorians say that it is essential that you deliver this story on the first day. I am more pragmatic. I think establishing relationships and routine is helpful so you can pitch the story the right way.
There is no uniform list despite what many Montessorians may tell you. It is common to find Montessori articles and teaching that show Grace and Courtesy as being monolithic and centered around traditional western ideals. One such article is Mary Lou Cobb's where she actively advocates handshakes over fist bumps and tells that all children in her school are taught eye contact is needed when greeting someone.
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Christmas or any other celebrations can be an overwhelming time. We are caught in a spiral of must do and we want to create a magical time for our children, sometimes at great costs: energy costs, money costs and calmness costs. In the book “Simplicity Parenting”, Kim John Payne talks about “soul fever”. So how to avoid the soul fever this Christmas?
In our family, we don’t pretend that Santa Claus exists. Full stop. No elves, no gift from Santa, no cookies and warm milk… However, we celebrate Christmas as a family and we spend time together. We offer a few gifts to the children and if we have guests, we offer them gifts too. We decorate the house and the Christmas tree. Read my tips about how to introduce or not Santa to your children, the Montessori way!
live in the grey. I know there are some Montessorians that will say categorically that worksheets are universally bad and should not be seen in an "authentic" Montessori classroom or homeschool. I'm here to share why I am pragmatic about them and how I (currently) use them. Like other areas of my teaching my pedagogy on worksheets has changed overtime
Probably, if the children needed one.Trampolines as we know them were patented in 1945, only a few years before Montessori died.Prepared Environments need to meet the needs of the learners in the classroom.Our homeschool room has a mini trampoline, rocking board and areas to 'hide' in to reduce sensory overload and help with regulation.
Brain breaks are a way of giving the brain a moment of rest or reprieve from focused work. In this article from Edutopia the author cites numerous research about the benefits of breaks for children based on real life examples. While Montessori includes lots of physical or seemingly relaxing activities such as walking to the shelf or watering a plant children do need opportunities to relax and move as part of their day. In particular children with behavioural and learning needs