Archive for the "Montessori Concepts" Category

  • In a word, Montessori means Respect

    What I learned from observing a Montessori Classroom My first look at Montessori (Courtesy- Ageofmontessori.org) As Professional Counselor and Parenting Coach, I recently set eyes on a Montessori classroom for the very first time.  As a newcomer, I was really unsure what I would find.  Honestly, I thought the self-directed learning process would likely involve a great deal of chaos and loudness.  I could not have been more pleasantly surprised in my visitation experience.  Immediately I was stunned by the slow pace and peaceful ambiance in the room.   The

  • ‘Work’ is a positive thing for children!

    'Work' is a positive thing for children! Those who are not familiar with the Montessori method will most often associate the word 'work' with a tiring, boring, monotonous duty that one must engage in, in order to keep up with daily living or earn money. In fact, most will also attempt to organize their work schedule to have regular holidays in order to avoid, get away, or take a break from work. As adults, work is most often thought of in a negative way. In a child's eyes, work is about energy: learning, engaging, strengthening, overcoming obstacles, becoming independent, and achieving

  • And she gave us a superb educational model to end the “Race to Nowhere.”

    And she gave us a superb educational model to end the “Race to Nowhere.” By kate, on February 23rd, 2011 This is a guest post by Daniel Petter-Lipstein (bio at bottom). I “met” Daniel through blogging, and we got into some spirited, fascinating conversations about education. His children attend a Montessori school, and I was interested to learn more about the Montessori model and how it was working for his family. I asked him to write a guest post about it, and he sent me this fabulously thorough, characteristically eloquent, and clever piece

  • Goals of a Montessori School

    The main purpose of a Montessori school is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for creative learning. The specific goals for the children who attend a Montessori school are presented below. Developing a positive attitude toward school Most of the learning activities are individualized:  i.e., each child engages in a learning task that particularly appeals to him...because he finds the activities geared to his needs and level of readiness. Consequently, he works at his own rate, repeating the task as often as he likes, thus experiencing a series of successful achievement. In