Win a set of Primary Montessori Teaching Manuals and the Montessori At Home eBook and Printables

Next up for our 11th Anniversary Birthday Bash – 4 Primary Montessori Teaching Manuals and the Montessori At Home! eBook and Printables Bundle.

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This is a great prize, especially for those of you are just beginning your homeschool journey, or are starting to incorporate Montessori materials/lessons into your classroom.

Montessori Print Shop Primary Teaching Manuals

The Primary Montessori Teaching Manuals Bundle includes the following theory and lessons for children ages 2½ to 6 years of age:

  • Practical Life Teaching Manual (Theory + 75 lessons)
  • Sensorial Teaching Manual (Theory + 45 lessons
  • Language Teaching Manual (Theory + 30 lessons)
  • Math Teaching Manual (Theory + 52 lessons)

Montessori at Home eBook and Printables

The Montessori At Home! eBook and Materials Bundle includes:

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Why is the 3 year cycle so important in Montessori?

We’ve previously discussed the goals of a Primary Montessori Program to help Administrators and Teachers keep focus on their program. And to also help parents to begin to understand what to look for in a strong Primary Montessori program. One very important component of a strong program is the 3-year cycle of children. Each child remains in the same classroom with the same few children of their age group for 3 years. Each year a few new 3 year olds come into the program and each age group moves up into the next cycle of the program until a child has spent 3 years in the classroom. It’s essentially giving them the experience of being the youngest, middle, and oldest of the classroom and the responsibilities that come with those roles.

One of the greatest difficulties in running a Primary Montessori program is keeping the children in the program for the full 3 year cycle. Most often there are financial issues involved, pressure from family, friends, and neighbors to send the children to the local (free) Kindergarten program.

There are so many reasons to keep a child in a Primary Montessori program for the full 3 years. Unfortunately, many parents don’t consider the long-term gain and goals of completing the program – they’re only looking at the short-term financial/transportation/social relief that might accompany their decision to leave the program after the second year.

AMS (American Montessori Society) has created a lovely video that outlines many of the reasons for the children to complete the Primary Montessori three-year cycle.

Side Note: We’re not fond of the constant use of the word ‘kindergarten’ used throughout this video. A traditional Kindergarten program and a Montessori program offer entirely different philosophies and materials. We’re not sure why AMS uses the term throughout the video. However, the video is well done and certainly deserves 3½ minutes of your time.

 

A 3 hour Montessori Work Cycle in 4 Minutes

A 3 hour Montessori Work Cycle in 4 Minutes

Here is a wonderful short video of a 3 hour Montessori work cycle (over 3000 photographs taken at Dundas Valley Montessori School). It’s a beautiful, bright environment, lovely children, and some really fantastic work is accomplished. It will make you smile.

Free Peaceful Character materials by Montessori Print Shop

Free Peaceful Character materials by Montessori Print Shop

Help young children understand how to become more peaceful and tolerant by learning about the 6 pillars of peaceful character (respect, caring, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship). This Peaceful Character material uses the hand as an example which makes this lesson easier for children to remember. This material is very open-ended and can be used with a variety of ages in a large variety of creative ways.

Includes:

  • 6 character description cards
  • labeled black-line master of the ‘peaceful character hand’
  • blank black-line master of the ‘peaceful character hand’
  • 1 large colored ‘peaceful character hand’
  • 1 page of small blank hand outlines
Free Peaceful Character Printable by Montessori Print Shop

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Please go to our Free Montessori Materials page to access this free file.

Treat your child’s teacher to some printable Montessori materials

As the school year comes to an end many families wish to give their thanks to the teachers who have spent the year with their children.

As you’re all aware, being a successful teacher takes many talents, a lot of dedication, and access to good resources. Many of the materials used to teach your children come at the expense of the teacher. Most schools have very limited budgets and many teachers often use their own money and personal time to purchase and prepare their materials.

A great way to thank those teachers is to treat them to our printable Montessori materials. With over 1280 printable materials to choose from, every teacher can find something they need.

We’re pleased to offer Gift Certificates in a variety of denominations ($15, $20, $25, $30, $40, $50, $75, and $100). For a limited time they are available at a reduced price. Yes, you’ll get more value for your money which means more resources for your favorite teachers!

For a limited time, a $25 Gift Certificate will only cost you $20!

Gift Certificates for Printable Montessori Materials

So be sure to say “Thank You!” to all the teachers in your children’s life and consider purchasing a Gift Certificate for them today.

MPS Birthday Bash (day 7) – Primary Montessori Teaching Manuals and Montessori At Home! eBook Bundle

Happy 9th Birthday to Us! Glad you could join us for the seventh day of our 9th Birthday Bash. Enter to win our 4 Primary Montessori Teaching Manuals (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Math) or a Montessori At Home! eBook & Materials Bundle
This Giveaway is now CLOSED. Primary Montessori Teaching Manuals by Montessori Print ShopThis Giveaway starts: Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 @ 12:01am EST

This Giveaway ends: Sunday Jan 27, 2013 @ 12:01am EST

2 Lucky Winners of the 4 Montessori Teaching Manuals
1 Lucky Winner of the Montessori At Home! Bundle

The Primary Montessori Teaching Manuals Bundle includes:

  • Practical Life Teaching Manual (Theory + 75 lessons)
  • Sensorial Teaching Manual (Theory + 45 lessons
  • Language Teaching Manual (Theory + 30 lessons)
  • Math Teaching Manual (Theory + 52 lessons)

The Montessori At Home! eBook and Materials Bundle includes:

The Life of a Child’s Soul – The Montessori Method

The Life of a Child’s Soul – The Montessori Method

A much loved book on our book shelves is Education and Peace by Maria Montessori.

Education and Peace by Maria MontessoriQuite often I’ll open the book to a random page and read a few paragraphs. It often inspires me and reminds me of the true simplicity of the “Montessori Method”.

Maria Montessori constantly reminds us through her writing to “follow the child”. Each child has a inner guide that commands and inspires them to learn. If we follow the child and understand the work and desire of their inner guide, we too can assist with the learning process.

Adults often complicate this process by worrying about their ability to ‘teach’ the child using materials they aren’t trained to use. The post Montessori Education at Home. Is It All or Nothing? discusses how it’s the concepts behind the materials that are most important – not the quality or quantity of the materials themselves.

A passage from Education and Peace (1972); a excerpt from a speech Maria Montessori delivered.

“This evening’s subject, My Method, is one that I feel very uncomfortable discussing. I might even say, though my listeners may not believe me, that I find this the most difficult subject of any on which to deliver a public lecture, for I have not evolved a method of education. As a matter of fact, when one attempts to discuss child psychology, for it is the psychology of the child, the life of his soul, that has gradually dictated what might be called and pedagogy and a method of education.

All other methods of education have taken the work of certain adults as their point of departure and have sought to educate or teach the child according to programmes dictated by adults. For my part, I believe that the child himself must be the pivot of his own education – not the child as people ordinarily think of him, but rather his innermost soul, seen from a perspective that was unprecedented before the advent of what has been called the Montessori Method.

A little parable may help illustrate the idea I am trying to express. Suppose that we have a diamond imbedded in a dull matrix and that we remove the surrounding material to reveal the bright jewel. Seeing the jewel, some might ask, “How have you gone about obtaining a precious stone that reflects the light so perfectly?” We would reply that we are not the creators of this marvelous jewel; it already existed, buried deep within the extraneous matter surrounding it. The same can be said of the child. He has shown us how he should be treated and has revealed his splendor to us.”

So beautiful, so simple.

Montessori Education at Home. Is It All or Nothing?

Too often parents are led to believe they have to take the ‘all or nothing’ approach when it comes to Montessori education at home. While it is true that the primary years (2½ – 6 years of age) use a lot of hands on auto-didactic materials, there are many materials that you can make yourself or use less expensive substitutes for. And it’s not necessary to have all the materials. It’s the concepts and the theory behind the materials that count – not the materials themselves. Would it be lovely for everyone to be able to afford high-quality materials such as Gonzagarredi or Nienhuis – oh yes, it would. But it’s definitely not necessary.

Many parents are also led to believe they can’t give their child a Montessori education unless they’re ‘trained’. You didn’t train to become a parent … but your child has survived (and thrived) this far. So with a little research and work on your part – you too can become a supportive Montessori guide for your children. It will not be the same as sending your child to a Montessori school – but it will still give them a wonderful foundation to life-long learning.

There is a lot of information and free resources available on our website. As well, download all our FREE printable Montessori materials.

Another great place to visit is the Living Montessori Now! blog which contains tons of free information and ideas on Montessori – excellent for homeschoolers wishing to add some Montessori into their life. The post today is very fitting: The Overwhelmed Mom’s Guide to Montessori Homeschooling.

Montessori isn’t meant to be stressful – it’s meant to be a way of life. It’s a way of thinking and a way of approaching learning. We have written about Montessori theories and how they may apply to your family life.

Montessori education at home does not have to be ‘all or nothing’
. Any part of Montessori that you can implement into your daily life will only help to strengthen and deepen your child’s love of learning, the connection to the people in their lives, and their contribution to this world.

“Don’t Touch!” How un-Montessori.

“Don’t Touch!” How un-Montessori.

“The first stretching of the child’s tiny hand should fill the observer with wonder and reverence. Instead the adult thinks only of protecting insignificant objects, constantly repeating, “Don’t touch!”  Aline D. Wolf

How often we forget that the hand is the primary teacher of the child. Maria Montessori believed that the “hand is in direct connection with man’s soul, and not only with the individual’s soul, but also with the different ways of life that men have adopted on the earth in different places and at different times”. (Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)

“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
“The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.”

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One of the theories of Montessori education is that we should never give to the brain more than we give to the hand. A child’s intelligence will develop to a certain level without the help of his hands. But if a child’s intelligence and hands are developed together they will experience greater satisfaction in their daily life and exhibit a stronger character.

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Sometimes we’re more concerned with the protection of our prized material possessions, or keeping our children clean, than we are nurturing the spirits of our young ones. The easiest way around this is to create areas in your home that are meant for your children to touch and explore. You’ll be able to stop saying “Don’t touch!” and instead, enjoy watching their mind and hands make the connections that are so important.

Consider putting together some simple “Treasure Baskets”. Great for babies and toddlers, but you must use age appropriate (and safe) items. Learn more about making a treasure basket at Living Montessori Now!

 

 

Owner’s Manual for a Child

Owner’s Manual for a Child

A beautiful blog post (by Donna Bryant Goertz) that is packed with excellent Montessori theory and parental advice (written as though it’s from a young child). Take the time to read through the entire article it’s well worth the read.

Dear Parent,

I want to be like you.  I want to be just like you, but I want to become like you in my own way, in my own time, and by my own efforts.  I want to watch you and imitate you.  I do not want to listen to you except for a few words at a time, unless you don’t know I’m listening.  I want to struggle, to make a grand effort with something very difficult, something I cannot master immediately.  I want you to clear the way for my efforts, to give me the materials and supplies that will allow success to follow initial difficulty.  I want you to observe me and see if I need a better tool, an instrument more my size, a taller, safer stepladder, a lower table, a container I can open by myself, a lower shelf, or a clearer demonstration of the process.  I don’t want you to do it for me or rush me or feel sorry for me or praise me.  Just be quiet and show me how to do it slowly, very slowly.


I will demand to do an entire project by myself all at once just because I see you doing it, but that’s not what will work for me.  Be firm and draw the line for me here.  I need for you to give me…
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