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MFATC December 2023

Discover, Grow, Valorize: Montessori’s Journey for Adolescents

"Many have written or spoken of what school should look like from a developmental perspective, but nobody created the complete developmental package that Montessori did. The underlying assumption in traditional education is that every child in a class can get through the same amount of material within a nine-month academic year, and, of course, this is absurd! Everyone who's been in a classroom knows that not every child will proceed at the same pace. The task of education must change....

MFATC December 2023

Parenting Extract: Messy Spaces

I started noticing that my son’s backpack was full of what I considered trash: broken rubber bands; the inner ring from a roll of tape; and bits of string. I asked him what they were for, and he just said that he needed them. I cleaned out any insect-attracting items, such as broken crackers and left the rest for whatever he had in mind. Then I noticed items moving from the recycling bin to his bedroom: egg boxes; milk cartons; and cardboard boxes of various sizes. He said he needed them...

Book ReviewsMFATC December 2023

Book Review by Lorna McGrath

Babies Build Toddlers Written by Mariana Bissonnette Illustrated by Alishs Nicole Brumfield, Brenda Brambila, Esma Bošnjaković, Samantha Morales-Johnson, Sophia Marie Pappas, Tracy Nishimura Bishop, and Chie Ushio During the years that I have been studying the Montessori Method and philosophy, I have read, literally, hundreds of books written by Montessorians, as well as many experts from others in the field of child and adolescent development. Most recently, my focus has been on supporting...

MFATC September 2023

Collaborative Projects with Elementary-Aged Children

(How to Keep Your Four Granddaughters Occupied and off Their Phones) My husband and I recently painted our kitchen. Many different shades of green were tried on various walls until we settled on the perfect shade. However, we were left with four different sample testers. I’m very conscious of not wasting just about anything and did not want to toss them. What could I possibly use them for? The answer came through: a project to try out with my four granddaughters. (We have two granddaughters...

MFATC September 2023

The Art of Observation

by Friends of the Montessori Family Alliance A MONTESSORI MOM'S GUIDE Hello fellow Montessori parents, I'm Sarah, a seasoned Montessori mom. As parents, we've experienced the joy, curiosity, and sometimes even a bit of confusion that comes with the Montessori journey. I remember the first time I was invited to observe my daughter Gabriella's class, I was both excited and unsure about what to expect. Over the years, I've learned that these observations offer a unique window into our...

MFATC September 2023

Saturdays in the Nido at Magnolia Montessori

Editor’s Note: Although Montessori’s Nido program is not offered at all Montessori schools, it is specially designed for infants. Relationships, collaboration, and community are pillars of Montessori Nido programs. As an infant guide, I know that secure attachment with children under the age of three lays a foundation for social and emotional wellness for the rest of a child’s life and I am equipped from my training to gracefully accomplish this heavy feat within the classroom. I also know...

MFATC September 2023

Curated From: Montessori in Your Home

by Tim Seldin and Lorna McGrath, an excerpt from Montessori For Every Family, published by DK Press, © 2021 The kitchen is often the hub of family life, a place where family members gather to prepare food, to talk, and to be close to one another. Young children, in particular, enjoy helping out in the kitchen and spending time with parents while they work there. Easily accessible plates, cups, bowls, and eating utensils encourage independence in your young child. Ages and Stages 18 months–6...

MFAMontessori 101TC September 2023

Montessori 101: What is a Montessori Material?

We hear a lot of talk about the Montessori Materials, but what exactly are those materials? How do we determine if something ‘qualifies’ as being ‘Montessori’ or not? There is a list of characteristics that must be considered when creating a Montessori Material. Dr. Montessori developed this list because she knew that science is always advancing. The materials she developed in the early 1900s would necessarily need to evolve as our understanding of the world and human development grew. At...

Book ReviewsMFATC September 2023

Book Review by Lorna McGrath

Campground Kids Series - Yosemite Fortune #7 Written by C.R. Fulton Whenever I think of summer, I think of National Parks, hiking in the woods, climbing mountains, enjoying beautiful waterfalls, the smell of campfires, and I could go on about appreciating the joy of being outdoors! So, when I saw this series of books, I wanted to find out what there was to it. I’ve just read Yosemite #7, and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I bought the series of seven books for my just-turned-7-year-old...

Book ReviewsMFAReadingTC April 2023Tomorrow's Child

Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas About the Brain Book review

Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas About the Brain Written by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa Have you ever explained behavior using information you have known for so long that it must be true? As parents and teachers, we may aim to learn about brain development and what is happening as our child grows, and we may share some information that is not correct. In this book, Tracey Takuhama-Espinosa leads us through some of the myths we may have learned about the brain and brain development and gives...

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