New to Montessori? This article includes information on the sensorial area of the classroom. I go over sensorial materials, sensorial philosophy, and sensorial lesson sequence. Montessori emphasized the child’s ability to develop in his own time. In other words, to reach potential on his own when given the freedom and a prepared environment. This respect […]
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One of the big “concerns” or “criticisms” of Montessori is that Pretend Play is not encouraged in the classroom. Generally, I believe that pretend play is based in reality. So, if we expose children to real-life through meaningful, productive work and experiences and allow them to open their eyes to the great big world around […]
A key tenet of every Montessori classroom is the role of the Directress, the guide to the children. This post gives you an overview of the role of the Montessori Directress. The Montessori Directress “The teacher’s part and its techniques are analogous to those of the valet; they are to serve, and to serve well: […]
Once the teacher trains on the method and prepares spiritually to direct a class, she focuses on giving lessons introducing the child to the materials. From there the child leads his learning to experience with his own “hands” with control of error built into the works to enable auto-education. Montessori’s Control of Error “Montessori materials […]
Practical Life “The Montessori term that encompasses domestic work to maintain the home and classroom environment; self-care and personal hygiene; and grace and courtesy. Practical life skills are of great interest to young children and form the basis of later abstract learning.” Practical life, the next definition in my What is Montessori Series, is one […]
I love how the “sensitive period” for movement within the Montessori philosophy is birth – 4 years old. Such a long time to work on these life skills. That period is divided up, basically in half, where the first 2 + years are spent developing fine and gross motor skills and the second 2 + […]