Montessori Philosophy

How to Encourage Early Math Skills

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I am completing my Montessori Math album. As I review the brain research behind why and how to teach mathematical thinking to young children, I am drawn back to an article written by Mary Schneider of Woodinville Montessori School and MEIPN. She succinctly describes why we cannot “teach” math to young children and how we [...]

Montessori Math Philosophy {Mathematical Mind}

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Dr. Montessori believed that the brain is naturally drawn to precision, to organize, to compare, to create order out of disorder, to classify and to quantify patterns and relationships. Human beings are born with a propensity to naturally be driven to calculate, to reason and to create within their environments. However, without guidance and nurturing [...]

Finding Flow in Living and Learning

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I read an article in my Montessori training that discusses the idea that a child is “normalized” (what Dr. Montessori considered the optimal development of the human personality with the ability to complete a work cycle, in other words to focus in the environment) when certain conditions are provided to the child. Her work told [...]

What is Montessori? {Language}

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A child is born with what he needs to develop language. There are many ways we adults can enrich a young child’s language development. We know that children will learn to speak as long as they are exposed to some language early in their development. Reading and writing, on the other hand, need to be [...]

What is Montessori? {Three Period Lesson}

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  The 3-period Lesson Oh, I love the Montessori three period lesson, this week’s spotlight in my What is Montessori? Series! One of Montessori’s greatest contributions in my mind. It is so effective and simple. I integrate the approach throughout our days. A great language tool for all parents and educators. The lesson can also [...]

What is Montessori? {Isolation}

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CONTROL OF ERROR & ISOLATION OF DIFFICULTY Control of Error and Isolation of Difficulty are two critical aspects within Montessori. Each concept gives the child control over the pace of his development with an opportunity to self-correct.  As a child leaves the unconscious learning period, where he effortlessly gathers impressions from his environment, and moves [...]

What is Montessori? {More on The Absorbent Mind}

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THE ABSORBENT MIND “The ‘absorbent mind’ welcomes everything, puts its hope in everything, accepts poverty equally with wealth, adopts any religion and the prejudices and habits of its countrymen, incarnating all in itself. This is the child!”– The Absorbent Mind {pg. 292} An Absorbent Mind is defined as when a child is “effortlessly assimilating the [...]

What is Montessori? {More on the Directress}

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I just completed a final draft philosophy paper discussing The Directress’. A little long but I would be remiss not to share with you all. Happy reading! ~ Marnie THE DIRECTRESS “The teacher’s part and its techniques are analogous to those of the valet; they are to serve, and to serve well: to serve the [...]

What is Montessori? {Books for Parents}

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When I first began reading about Montessori, I found myself a bit overwhelmed by the philosophy. Maria Montessori was a scientist and a doctor. So, her writing wasn’t exactly an “easy read”, at least for me. In my quest to learn more and eventually landing in a Montessori training program, I recommend the following books [...]