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Dear Cathie: Art In The Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie: Art In The Montessori Classroom

Dear Cathie, My four year-old son loves to cut, color and paste. He can spend hours and hours happily doing just these activities. I wonder if he gets enough opportunity for creative expression at his Montessori school. I know children are encouraged to repeat the exercises they have had lessons on, but do they ever […]

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Creativity in Geometry: Star Polygons-You can be a “star” in geometry

Hitch your wagon to a star — Emerson “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are.” he words above were the opening lines of Jane Taylor’s classic work The Star (1806). Famous today as a nursery rhyme and song, Taylor’s timeless poem refers to the twinkling stars high above us. Fascinating stars also […]

Following the Child Exploring Montessori

Following the Child Exploring Montessori

eflecting on the Montessori concept of “follow the child,” which was the main theme of The Montessori Foundation’s 20th Annual International Conference. I found that it was an invitation to rediscover the child, understand his nature, and encourage him to explore his inner potentials, without interventions to shape him according to our own desires and […]

Nature Mandalas

Nature Mandalas

THE INSPIRATION ust outside the art studio, fall was filling the hearts and minds of my elementary students. Many of them would collect the fallen leaves, pine cones, and seeds and bring me their treasures. Lining them up on my nature shelf, they were fascinated by the colors, shapes, and even the smells of them! […]

Van Gogh’s Bedroom

incent Van Gogh’s bedroom in the Yellow House in Arles, with its bed pressed into the corner of a sky blue room, a table with bottles and pitchers, clothes hanging on hooks and paintings adorning the walls, has hung in our classroom at Montessori Casa International from the time we opened our doors. We had […]