Essential Elements of the Montessori Approach: As long as the essential elements that make Montessori schools successful are in place, then it can be accomplished within public schools.
Parent Education is an integral part of each Montessori child’s academic success. It looks very different from its traditional counterpart. The Montessori Method is a unique educational approach nurturing a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child—their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
We wouldn’t pull a young plant up from its soil every few days to check on the progress of its growth underneath, we should approach a child’s developmental growth in the same manner. A child, just like a plant, will only thrive if we provide them with the love and care they need. Then we allow them the room they need to grow. We need to trust the process.
Montessori Prepared environment is a key component of Montessori philosophy. According to Dr. Montessori, everything within the environment has a purpose & fosters independence. Everything the child comes into contact with should also appeal to our human tendency toward exploration.
Thank you for a great second year! I began sharing a blog with my classroom families about 8 years ago. I went back and looked, the first blog was posted January 9, 2013. It was about a Research Project on Earth’s Aquatic Ecosystems. This past August, I was asked to find a new format for my classroom blog posts. This is when I started in earnest to write weekly blog posts on the grumbleservices.com website.
Imaginative Learning is necessary to child development. Seemingly meaningless activities like picking up a stick and using it as a knight’s sword or imagining a simple stone to be a powerful race car. Imagination is what gives us the creativity and problem-solving abilities we need as adults.
Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques to help individuals express themselves artistically.
Through drawing, painting, coloring, collage or sculpting, psychological undertones in the art is looked at more critically.
Music Therapy: More and more scientific research seems to be pointing to the same conclusion. Music is good for you.
Music imprints itself on our brains deeper than any other human experience. It brings back feelings of life when nothing else can. It’s powerful mind-altering effect can change one’s experience of time, space, body and relationship.
ADHD is one of the first things suspected when a child’s behavior becomes problematic. But these behaviors can also be a result of other factors.
This is why it’s important to understand what ADHD truly looks like in the classroom. Observing children carefully is especially important when trying to find an accurate diagnosis for struggling students.
Too much testing? Standardized testing plays a momentous role in our Nation’s education. The goal is to provide a measure to evaluate student performance across state, national and even global standards.
However, does our far-reaching focus on standardized test scores actually meet this lofty educational goal? This modern educational practice has ignited a national debate about the effectiveness of testing and how well they truly measure student achievement.
Montessori work cycle, also known as the work period, is an uninterrupted block of time. During this time children are able to explore the prepared environment and engage with materials of their own choosing. The time is intended to develop basic life skills while enjoying the work they love.
The length of a Montessori work cycle fluctuates depending upon the child’s age. But typically, classrooms have a three-hour work period most mornings. However, this might vary at some schools.