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Seven Ways to Love a Child: A Valentine for Parents
By Jennifer Rogers
A tired working mother stood in the classroom doorway, ready to depart with her two sons. Separated in age by two years, the boys were as different in appearance as they were in temperament, but they were great kids. They enjoyed math and reading, laughed hard and punched hard. They loved learning, loved life, loved each other.
Mom’s secret: “There are many ways to love a child,” she said. “I keep it simple. I
have expectations. I accept mistakes. And I celebrate the process.”
Parenting is ...
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.
When I first read ...
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.
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 ...
for Students in a Montessori Program
A Longitudinal Study of the Experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools
International / USA
Montessori programs have grown con- siderably over the past decades. There have been two major facets to this growth:
expansion from private to public settings and extension from preschool into elementary, junior high school, and beyond. Growth has brought concerns about outcomes, especially academic ones. In particular, there have been questions about the performance of Montessori students when they move on to more conventional academic settings. This research addresses these questions.
The current study compares the academic ...
The first undertaking of a Montessori teacher is to set up her classroom. In Montessori the classroom is called the Prepared Environment. Parents can also create a Prepared Environment at home. A Prepared Environment not only includes the physical materials, it also encompasses the atmosphere and the rules that govern the environment (home or school).
Preparing the Environment
In the home or school for the child of this age, much attention must be paid to the safety of the environment. It is a recognized fact that the child will ...