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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 November 16, 2014

TIme Magazine

Coming to Our Senses on Education and Nutrition

Dr. Kohlstadt is a Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and double-board certified in preventive medicine and nutrition.

Taste and smell can be powerful tools in the classroom

As classrooms “go digital,” educators should consider smell and taste as underutilized teaching tools, especially for teaching kids nutrition.

There’s strong evidence for smell and taste being central to nutrition education dating back a century to the pioneering work of physician Maria Montessori, whose schools worldwide continue to prioritize what Dr. Montessori referred to ...

Submitted by joan on November 16, 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 November 10, 2014

Seven ways to Love your Child

 

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 ...

Submitted by joan on October 30, 2014

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 21, 2014

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