Archive | May, 2017

Cosmic Education

By Kelly Hale At the very core of Montessori Elementary is a series of five “Great Lessons”: The Creation of the Universe, The Coming of Life, The Coming of Humans, The Story of Numbers, and The Story of Language. These impressionistic and allegorical lessons are stories that are meant to spark the imagination of the […]

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Cultural Studies in Primary

By Ashley Crawford Montessori education is notable for its advanced language curriculum, tactile mathematics area, age-specific sensorial materials, focus on children’s independence, and emphasis on social grace. But one of the most overlooked areas in the Montessori classroom, and perhaps the one that draws threads between all of the aforementioned areas, is cultural studies. The […]

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Gardening with Toddlers

By Melissa Wilcox Gardening with toddlers can be a fun and dirty project! At home, I find it easier to let my children have their own raised bed that they can choose what to plant, and help take care of. It also helps with adults (like me), who want order and straight lines to have […]

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Music in the Primary

By Jane Heaton Music is an integral part of the Montessori Primary because it is a form of communication used among people of all cultures. It is important that the children understand and appreciate music, as it is a special kind of language. This development is supported in the classroom everyday as the children sing, […]

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Artistic Expression in the Primary

By Carrie Caffee-Martin In the Montessori prepared environment, the Guide’s job is to prepare and present materials that meet the developmental needs of the specific age group served. At the Primary level, which serves three to six year olds, our aim is to give children the “keys to the world” which will provide them with […]

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Overnight Trips in the Elementary

By Ashley Keneller The Montessori approach to elementary school can be quite different from the traditional model that many of us grew up with. The children do not have their own assigned desks. They are free to choose their own work and partners. They exercise their needs to negotiate, bargain, and to set rules that […]

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