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Activities for The Home Environment

PRACTICAL LIFE

  • Carry bags of groceries inside
  • Get mail
  • Feed/give water to pets
  • Throw trash away
  • Sort recyclables (plastic, paper, and glass)
  • Sort light/dark laundry
  • Empty clean laundry into basket
  • Empty dishes out of dishwasher
  • Set the table for meals
  • Clear plates after meals
  • Pour water with small pitcher
  • Sweep up dirt with small dustpan
  • Wipe up spills
  • Water the plants
  • Fold towels/washcloths
  • Scrub plastic toys with soapy water (such as large     riding toy for a car wash)
  • Dressing themselves
  • Undressing themselves
  • Opening/closing zippers
  • Opening/closing Velcro
  • Buttoning
  • Sleep in bed instead of crib
  • Wear underwear ...

Submitted by joan on February 2, 2014

Feeding The Brain

Submitted by joan on February 1, 2014

Hardwired for Success

by John Long, Head of School

“Brains are built over time,” says Jack Shonkoff, Director of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child. “They also don’t come fully wired.” 

1500 Montessori teachers gasped in unison while watching a videotape of two nerve cells growing together after repeated ‘firing”, forging a new strand and strengthening an existing pathway in the brain. Speaking to an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) conference, Houston neuroscientist Bruce Perry, M.D., PhD. (director of The Child Trauma Academy) affirmed Dr. Montessori’s observation that children construct themselves from their experiences.

Construct themselves?

When I first read ...

Submitted by joan on October 4, 2013

Why is it so important to continue my child in the kindergarten year at a Montessori school?

Why is it so important to continue my child in the kindergarten year at a Montessori school?  In the Montessori environment, the child is presented with endless opportunities to develop all his/her senses and his motor skills with the aid of self-correcting materials in a prepared setting. During the third year a child can not only work with these materials in more depth, thus gaining more insights from them, but, using this base, can move into the academic areas.

Next, having learned from older children, shared with his peers, and helped those younger than him self, he has the ...

Submitted by joan on October 4, 2013

Montessori and Reggio Emilia

MONTESSORI

Proven Method of Education created by Maria Montessori. 

Believes in Children’s Natural Intelligence, involving rational, empirical and spiritual aspects.

Three year range per class in order to promote adult-child continuity and close peer relationships. 

Teacher is an unobtrusive director.

Individual and Group lessons. 

Self correcting materialsInner discipline through natural, logical consequences.     

Uninterrupted work periods. 

Enhanced Curriculum.

Focused instruction in reading and writing with scope and sequence and clear cut domains that result in children reading before the age of 6.

Emphasis on individuality. 

Studies directly shows effectiveness of Montessori method in respect to reading, literacy, mathematics and motivation ...

Submitted by joan on October 4, 2013

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