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Montessori Education

Updated on May 25, 2013

A Montessori Education

My daughter attended our local Montessori school for 3 years. I could not recommend this from of education strongly enough. Before she attended I really didn’t think it would be as amazing as it has turned out to be. The children who attend Montessori are extremely well behaved, respectful, and are very conscious of solving conflicts peacefully. They grow to be so independent and really learn so much more than you’d ever expect preschool children to know.

I began this lens during the 100th Anniversary of Montessori Education. I made it to briefly explain what goes on in a Montessori classroom.

100 Years of Montessori
100 Years of Montessori

What Montessori is all about

Maria Montessori founded the first "Casa dei Bambini" in 1907. Her goal, and what is still to this day the goal of a Montessori Education, is to encourage independence, love of learning and a positive sense of self . This is obtained through five areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Cultural. In the traditional three-year program of 3-6 year olds, the child is exposed to areas that enhance independence through concentration, order, and creativity. The child has the opportunity to develop academically, socially and emotionally to his or her full potential.

Practical Life

Practical Life activities are designed to develop coordination and independence. Through repeated use of materials such as spooning, pouring, twisting, squeezing, fastening, and sewing a child works towards the mastery of skills needed for everyday life that includes the physical skills needed for writing. Materials also develop care of the environment, care of people, grace and courtesy.

Sensorial

The world is color, dimension, shape, form, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Children live in the world of the senses. In order to continue their creative task of development, children need to classify and express the impressions they have received. Through sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell the sensorial Montessori materials enable the child to clarify and comprehend the world.

Sensorial Work

TAG Toys ER1 Sorting & Sequencing Program
TAG Toys ER1 Sorting & Sequencing Program

Children work on fine motor abilities while developing skills from basic sorting to predicting logical patterns.

 

Math

Preschool-aged children have naturally mathematical minds. They have the capacity to reason, to calculate and to estimate. They are intensely conscious of quantity, counting pebbles on the beach or cookies for desert. The concrete Montessori mathematical materials allow these sensorial explorers to begin their mathematical journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation and invention.

Math Work

Tumble Down Counting Pegs
Tumble Down Counting Pegs

Teaches number recognition, counting, and the concept of quantity.

 

Language

The Montessori primary classroom emphasizes spoken language as the foundation for all linguistic expression. By using language in the classroom through listening, storytelling, reading, and dramatic play a child develops a love of literature and good communication skills. Dr. Montessori saw the road to reading as a dual path that involved the education of the hand and the education of the mind.

Cultural

The cultural studies curriculum includes botany, zoology, geography, history, music and art. Through exploring history and natural world the children begin to have an understanding and appreciation of the physical and cultural nature of the Earth and its diverse populations.

A Few Short Songs

Sung In the Morning

Good morning dear earth,

Good morning dear sun,

Good morning to the animals,

And to the flowers everyone

Good morning to the busy bees

And the birds in the trees,

Good morning to you,

And good morning to me.

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Sung Before Snack

Earth that gave us all this food

Sun that made it ripe and good

Dearest earth, and rain and sun:

We'll not forget what you have done

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Sung at the End of the Day

Good bye, so long, farewell my friends.

Good bye, so long, farewell.

I'll see you soon again my friends

So goodbye, so long, farewell.

More Montessori Materials

TAG Toys P3 Portable Sand Tray
TAG Toys P3 Portable Sand Tray

Can be used on the floor or tabletop. Holds up to 5 lbs of sand.

 
Amazing Tracker Ball Maze
Amazing Tracker Ball Maze

Giant tumble down ball maze with 6 brightly colored soft balls.

 
Wooden Circle Tower
Wooden Circle Tower

Stack, nest and arrange in sequence in 6 different ways.

 
Montessori Small Movable Alphabets w/ Box
Montessori Small Movable Alphabets w/ Box

15" x 13" box with lowercase letters.

 

I'd Love to Know

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      would love to know more about Montessori education. great lens!

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      careermom 7 years ago

      Great lens. I am considering Montesorri for my children and this give me some great information.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      You have a great understanding of Montessori - I wish you were a parent in my class!

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      piedromolinero 9 years ago

      A very well done lens about the work of a great woman, whose theories about education are still valid and meanwhile worldwide accepted. 5*

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      Lorien 9 years ago

      Nice description of the work of the primary class. It is truly amazing what these children are capable of if we just let them try!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Christene,Thanks for joining Parenting On Squidoo, I have just featured you as our weekly featured lensmaster. Congrats!AshleyExquisite Beautiful Jewelry, Handmade Locally

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      I really like a Montessorri learning concept and so does my husband who is a teacher. Unfortunately, in my country (Croatia) there are only few Montessori schools and they are all in our capital city (Zagreb). Still, great lens!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      My daughters attend a K-12 Montessori/Liberal Arts school and we would also recommend it to everyone who has the opportunity. This lens is excellent! I love the simplicity and how you've shown examples of the learning materials use in Montessori classrooms. This would have been very helpful for us when we were making the decision to move from the public school system.

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      MomsLifesavers 10 years ago

      My daughters are currently in a K-8 Montessori Charter School! Both girls have attended Montessori since age 3 and will graduate 8th grade with a Montessori Education. As you stated in your intro, I can't say enough about this modality! It simply is the most harmonious education to offer our children. We are fortunate that our community saw a need for this modality and set up our school. Unfortunately, the waiting list is so long and we were so lucky to get in!Thank you for this fantastic lens...let me know if you need any info on later years and Montessori! :)

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      Gatsby LM 10 years ago

      5* Where you choose to begin your child's education is very important. Best Natural Dog Food

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      Evelyn Saenz 10 years ago from Royalton

      Montessori is an inspiration!

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      JanaMurray 10 years ago

      Montessori is magical...

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      Teacher Adez7 10 years ago

      Excellent Lens, Christene. What an awesome job you have done sharing with parents the creative and multisensory approach to learning Montessori offers. As an educator, I learned things I did not know about Montessori. Thanks for this gift to parents. You get 5 Stars for this one! Donna

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      ArtfulThoughts 10 years ago

      Great lens! I homeschool and use a lot of Montessori concepts with my youngest son, Quinn, who was born with Down syndrome.Thanks for blessing my Nature Journaling lens. *smile*

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      Allan R. Wallace 10 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Nicely done lens. Montessori recognizes and addresses the natural desire to learn.Thank you

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      CoralMilburnCur 10 years ago

      Excellent Lens - a welcome addition to the Education, Education, Education Group.Best wishesCoralwww.squidoo.com/coralmilburn

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