Montessori?

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  1. missc

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    Mar 28, 2006

    I am probably going to kick myself for asking this...and you all might laugh...but...

    What is Montessori? or Montessori teaching?

    I am V-E-R-Y new to the education field (began subbing less than a montha go and taking into to education in college next semester) and I also reviewed this forum and couldn't get the gist of it.

    I apologize if this has already been discussed...and you welcome to laugh :}

    It's what learning is all about!

    Miss. C:thanks:
     
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  3. Yenna

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    Apr 13, 2006

    Check out
    montessori-ami.org and montessori-namta.org.
    I will try to copy a page I have on the characteristics of the Montessori Method for you when I have a minute.
     
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    There is alot of conflicting info. and experiences. Just because a school says Montessori, doesn't mean the classroom is operating harmoniously (M called this "normalization") or that the directress is dedicated to the practice. The name is in the "public domain". AMI is the organization that Dr. Montessori began to safeguard her work. It is a comprehensive theory of education. M wrote extensively about child development, education and peace. It takes years of hard work and determination to understand the theory and put it into practice.
    General Characteristics of Montessori (3-6)
    [*]3-6 year olds in the same classroom
    [*]3-6 is a critical time in the child's development-the "absorbent mind" allows effortless and joyful learning
    [*]children want to know the facts about the world around them
    [*]children love purposeful work and learn by doing - mind working with the hand. Use of concrete objects to help learn concepts
    [*]emphasis on independence, concentration, respect for self, others and environment
    [*]the materials develop coordination and self-control
    [*]teacher acts as a guide. children learn to choose work, complete an activity, and replace neatly. freedom to move about the room.
    [*]lessons are most often given to individuals or small groups, whole group lessons are reserved for special occasions
    The classroom is organized into areas:
    Practical Life: materials for care of self and the environment, food prep, art: for practice with concentration, coordination, independence, grace and courtesy.
    Sensorial: exercises that enable children to classify their impressions of the world around them, based on the senses: touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing. To encourage discrimination.
    Language: all materials lead from simple to complex and address one skill at a time.
    Math: materials move from concrete to abstract. many opportunities for repetition and real experience with numbers: odds and even, sets, decimal system, operations.

    You have to observe to see the degree of skill the directress has in guiding the children and nurturing their joy in learning. Discipline should never be punitive, Dr. M wrote of "Freedom and Discipline" The Absorbent Mind, C. 26, The Discovery of the Child, C. 2, 4 and 24. See also Rewards and Punishments: Discovery of the Child, C. 4, Absorbent Mind C. 24 and Secret of Childhood, p. 130.
     

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