“We must lift children up, not pound them into the ground, we must view their negatives as positives and their flaws as gifts,” my instructor spoke about Montessori discipline. I nodded ferociously. Yes, yes, yes! At that moment, I wanted to climb on top of the table scream, “Can I get an Amen, friends?” My mom […]
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My sister described her visit to meet a lead teacher and observe a classroom at a local Montessori school in search of a good spot for her daughter: “There were 25 kids in the class. It just seems too much. We want 12 kids max.” As a Montessori trained teacher and parent, I had to take a […]
Every parent, whether homeschooling or not, wants his child to develop a lifelong love of learning and wants their child to be fully engaged in his learning. That goal seems lofty when kids are bombarded with video games, cartoons, and commercialized toys in today’s ridiculously fast-paced zero delayed gratification world. Traditional teaching techniques can stifle […]
Walk into any Montessori classroom and you will see children completely engaged in their work. This is due to the fact that the heart of a Montessori program is the three-hour work cycle. The early childhood environment focuses on concentration, coordination, order, and independence. Therefore, children must be given the time they need to fully submerge […]
You’ve heard the term before but what the heck is normalization and how does one actually achieve normalization in a classroom setting? First, a normalized child demonstrates a love of work, concentration, self-discipline, and sociability. Normalization, in essence, is an inner peace achieve through focus and concentration. Normalization is a beautiful sight to observe. You will […]
The initial lesson presentation is critical in a Montessori environment. So, what makes for a successful Montessori presentation? Beyond the aims, the prerequisites, the steps to the lesson, and so on, there are specific practical steps we can take to optimize for success. The child learns from her work with the materials. The teacher’s role is […]