Walk A Mile In Their Shoes
Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood
Have you tried to walk a mile in your child’s shoes?
As your family has come together and grown, you’ve made choices along the way that affect how the family interacts with each other, and the degree to which the children are capable of being a part of the family unit. Each family is unique, with a different set of circumstances. But there are many common things that Montessori Homes share.
Simply put – it’s a home that has been created with the needs of the children in mind. It is home that allows for children to touch and explore, and to use and master the common objects found in everyday life. The adults … Read Full Article
One of the most beautiful aspects of Montessori is that it brings abstract concepts to life so that children can truly understand what the concepts mean. Materialized abstractions in the Montessori classroom are found throughout the Sensorial area.
A concept is a cognitive unit of meaning that has been named by humans. It is an idea that is formed in the mind, which is usually abstract in quality. Abstract concepts are usually difficult to understand because they cannot be referenced to a specific concrete material or object.
Montessori however, provides the children with concrete materials that convey the abstracted qualities from what has been perceived and named by humans. From these concrete materials the children can understand the abstract concepts and the characteristics of them.
From the moment the child first touches the red rods they are… Read the Full Article
You don’t want to miss this terrific Montessori Minute.
Each and every child has the right to their own uniqueness and
To protection from physical or psychological harm.
Each and every child has the right to have clear expectations,
And good reasons for changing expressed in understandable ways.
Each and every child has the right to have help finding alternatives and opportunities to practice them.
Every child has the right to falter, fumble and fall without intervention.
To support without suffocation, and to self-responsibility with out abandonment.
Each gains from appreciation of efforts, and celebrations of success without patronization.
All learn from authentic communication without domination or shame.
Consistency without rigidity, and acknowledgment of feelings and ideas without probes or invasions.
Each and every child has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
And to be accepted, valued and loved through it all.
Children have a strong need/tendency to know their place in the world. They want to know how the people and things in it compare to themselves, to better understand where they fit in. This includes understanding the relationship between the plants and animals that depend on each other in our environment.
All living things depend on each other to survive. A food chain shows how the sun’s energy is transferred first to plants, and then to animals in the community.
Once a child understands the basic concepts of Plants & Animals, Living & Non-Living, and Herbivores, Carnivores & Omnivores, the concept of Food Chains can be introduced.
The concepts introduced in this particular Food Chain lesson are Producers and Consumers.
Producers: Plants are called producers. They are able to use light from the Sun to produce their own food. Even though they are always at the bottom of the food chain, plants are very important to the life of all other life forms.
Consumers: Animals are unable to make their own food. In order to survive, animals have to eat plants or other animals for food. Animals are called consumers. There are many levels of consumers. As the level becomes higher, there are fewer consumers. It is important that the children have some prior knowledge of the 3 types of consumers (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores) as this will help them to understand the relationships between certain animals.
Food Chain with 4 links
Food Chain with 5 links
Recreating food chains, and exploring other chain possibilities with photographic cards, helps to give a concrete visual presentation to a rather abstract concept. In allowing children the opportunity to work through these concepts, they will gain a better understanding of the relationship between the plants, the animals, and themselves.
Have you heard the news? Superwoman Was Already Here.
Madmen are pleased to announce a new Montessori video. Daniel C. Petter-Lipstein is the father of three children that thrive at a Jewish Montessori school in New Jersey. He graduated
from Harvard College and Columbia Law School and after a decade still
finds satisfaction as a lawyer. But sometimes he wishes he could just
take a month off and audit his daughter’s 4-6th grade Montessori upper
elementary class where they are learning about stellar nucleosynthesis
and creating their own marble games. Daniel created, wrote and narrated
his own animation based on his article, “Superwoman
Was Already Here”.
You can visit his website at www.superdrmaria.com.
“We often equate repetition with a person who is mentally slow. If someone requires multiple repetitions to remember something, we think they are not as smart as someone who gets it right away. This assumption does not apply with young children. When a young child repeats an activity, they are opening brain nerve connections and building brain architecture.” John Bowman Montessori
At Home!and Montessori Minute
Repetition is one of the basic human tendencies that Maria Montessori observed from the very beginning of her work with children. Repetition is what allows humans to learn and strive towards mastery and independence.
When children are not allow to repeat activities, the connections within the mind, and between the mind and body are not made. It is through repetition that children make connections, discover their own errors, learn how to correct them, and master a skill.
If adults do not allow children to make connections and discover their own errors (and insist on pointing them out or making the corrections for them), children will eventually lose interest and begin to see errors in a negative light.
When the prepared environment and materials provide feedback so that the
children learn from their errors (and not from the adult), they become internally driven to repeat
the exercises until they master them.
Repetition and mastery of skills creates a
positive outlook within children and increases the likelihood of them
being intrinsically motivated to learn for life.
“It is well to cultivate a friendly feeling towards
error, to treat it as a companion inseparable from our lives, as
something having a purpose, which it truly has.” Maria
Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
The bottom line … allow time for repetition.