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Celebrations of the Sun

Celebrations of the Sun

by Matt Levin In our classroom last year, we took notice of the approach of Hannukah, D’wali, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Solstice, all holidays of lights in the darkness. For twenty years, our school’s had an enrichment of diverse ethnic backgrounds, and even when, back then, we sang mostly Christmas and Hannukah songs we strove for […]

Swings and roundabouts: risk anxiety and the everyday worlds of children.

Swings and roundabouts: risk anxiety and the everyday worlds of children.

Sociology 11/1998 Scott, Sue Jackson, Stevi Backett-Milburn, Kathryn A number of key antinomies have emerged in relation to children and childhood in late modernity: in particular, contradictions between recognising children’s autonomy and the increasing emphasis on child protection; the paradoxical perception of children as both at risk and as a potential threat to other children […]

Science for Everyday — Self-Assessment Question List for Teachers

Science for Everyday — Self-Assessment Question List for Teachers

Self-Assessment Question List for Teachers: from “Science for Everyday; A Montessori Based Science Curriculum” by Erin Galvin Gutierrez This is just the beginning of an endless list of questions to ask, but it is a start. Learning something about one’s teaching methods can be a difficult task, but it is just as important as student […]

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Weather Kids

Weather Kids

by E.G.Gutierrez NAME OF ACTIVITY: Weather Kids AREA: Science/Weather MATERIALS: A class notebook, colored pencils. AIMS: Observation skills, communication, data collection. PREPARATION: None PRESENTATION BY THE TEACHER: Presentation: You can explain weather to the children as the way it outside; is it sunny, cloudy, rainy, hot, cold, warm, cool, windy? How does it look or […]

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Science for Everyday — Student Assessment Question List

Student Assessment Question List: from “Science for Everyday; A Montessori Based Science Curriculum” by Erin Galvin Gutierrez Student assessment in the form of questions tends to be an effective tool. Some questions teachers may consider about students follow: Are they grasping the processes involved in the lesson? Are they able to carry out the lesson […]

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Science for Everyday – Nature Walk

Science for Everyday – Nature Walk

By E.G. Gutierrez Lesson Plan: Nature Walk NAME OF ACTIVITY: Nature Walk AREA: Science/Observation/Classification MATERIALS: A large piece of paper to make a giant graph on (the kind of paper you can get on a roll works best or tape together large pieces of construction paper!). Magic markers to label the rows and columns once […]

Science for Everyday — Thermometers

Science for Everyday — Thermometers

By E.G. Gutierrez NAME OF ACTIVITY: Thermometers AREA: Science/Weather MATERIALS: You will need a durable and easy to read thermometer. You may even get a few; a digital thermometer, a traditional mercury” (not really mercury anymore!) thermometer, and a round mountable dial thermometer, water of different temperatures, ice, frozen cold packs. AIMS: Observation skills, data […]

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Best Practices in Montessori by Betsy Hoke

Best Practices in Montessori by Betsy Hoke

BEST PRACTICES IN MONTESSORI Montessori Foundation Conference November 2012 by Betsy Hoke Delve into Montessori’s theory to discover how perfectly it fits the needs of children in 2012. Yet, we can go astray when we take shortcuts, respond to parents’ demands, are pressured to meet standards or misinterpret such common Montessori terms as follow the […]

Culture Comes Alive! Reinvigorating Culture and Peace Curriculums with Yoga, Music & Movement

Culture Comes Alive! Reinvigorating Culture and Peace Curriculums with Yoga, Music & Movement

Culture Comes Alive! Reinvigorating Culture and Peace Curriculums with Yoga, Music & Movement Are you a lead teacher looking for new ideas to spice up your culture circles and shelves? Are you intimidated by integrating music & movement into your classroom? Or are you are a music specialist/phys ed. specialist looking for new ways to […]

Montessori School of Rome 1930 Rare Film

Montessori school of Rome(Video) This is a unique video-Archive of 1930, on the work of the Montessori school of Rome. It was originally posted by a Russian author. This is the essence of the commentary . Pay attention to the number of children and their focused work. On the video you can see Maria Montessori […]

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Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

This PDF file is an excerpt from our book, the Montessori Way, by Paul Epstein and Tim Seldin, Copyright 2003 There is an ironic prejudice about education found in almost every country: the older the students are that one teaches, the higher the pay and respect for the teacher. We take it for granted that […]

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Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

The Montessori Philosophy

This PDF file is an excerpt from our book, the Montessori Way, by Paul Esptein and Tim Seldin Copyright 2003 Over the last century, Dr. Maria Montessori’s ideas have had a growing influence on education around the world. However, while individual elements of her program find their way into more classrooms every year, there is […]

Montessori Infant Toddler Programs

The Elementary Montessori Program

This PDF file is an excerpt from our book, the Montessori Way, by Paul Epstein and Tim Seldin, Copyright 2003 As children near the end of their kindergarten year in Montessori, many parents struggle with the question of whether or not to keep their children in Montessori for the elementary program. On the one hand, […]

Montessori: Frequently Asked Questions

Montessori: Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t Montessori elitist? Montessori is an educational philosophy and approach that can be found in all sorts of settings, from the most humble to large, well equipped campuses. In general, Montessori schools consciously strive to create and maintain a diverse student body, welcoming families of every ethnic background and religion, and using scholarships and financial […]