Sunday, April 26, 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT ...

...Woodrow Wilson, President of The United States of America had a Montessori classroom installed in the basement of the Whitehouse during his term of office for staff to send their children to? 

His daughter was also trained to be a Montessori teacher. Margaret Wilson was on the committee that brought Dr. Montessori to the USA in 1915.

...Graham Bell, a famous inventor and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Association in 1913? 

Moreover, they provided financial support to directly to Dr. Maria Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.


Source: http://montessori.on.ca/Blog/montessori-fun-facts-figures#sthash.dapZ2FWy.dpuf











Sunday, March 29, 2015

Reggio Emilia Method in Our Classroom

We strive to provide the best learning experiece for your children, and we at Nahunta Hall belive    that a combination of the Reggio Emilia Method and Montessori provides those opportunities.

Let’s look at five basic principles of the Reggio Emilia Method 
that we apply in our classrooms on an everyday basis:

  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning.

  • Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing.

  • Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore.

  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.





                                             


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Take a Closer Look at Montessori Materials in Our Classrooms

Five Things You Might Not Know about Montessori Materials

1.   In the Montessori classroom, learning materials are arranged invitingly on low, open shelves. Children choose whatever materials they would like to use and may work for as long as the material holds their interest. When they are finished with each material, they return it to the shelf from which it came.


2.   All Sensory Montessori materials are designed for the purpose of developing child’s five senses, which facilitates natural learning and encourages exploration.


3.   The materials themselves invite activity. There are bright arrays of solid geometric forms, knobbed puzzle maps, colored beads, and various specialized rods and blocks.


4.   Each material in a Montessori classroom isolates one quality. For example, the material known as the pink tower is made up of ten pink cubes of varying sizes. A child constructs a tower with the largest cube on the bottom and the smallest on top. This material isolates the concept of size. Other materials isolate different concepts: color tablets for color, geometry materials for form, and so on.


5.   The materials are self-correcting. When a piece does not fit or is left over, the child easily perceives the error. There is usually no need for adult "correction." The child is able to solve problems independently; building self-confidence, analytical thinking, and the satisfaction that comes from accomplishment.



Full text can be found at http://www.montessori-namta.org/the-montessori-materials








Saturday, February 7, 2015

Helping Your Children to Create Successful Paths

There are many famous Montessori graduates such as Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Founder of Google ), Jimmy Wales (Founder of Wikipedia), Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon), or Katherine Graham (Owner & Editor of the Washington Post) who have started their education path the same way as your children at Montessori schools.


Let’s look at what some of those famous Montessori graduates and world leading magazines have to say about this amazing approach and how it has shaped their lives.


In an ABC documentary the founders of Google credited their success to the nursery school and said: „We both went to Monterssori schools, and I think as part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently...“*1
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, The Founders of Google

“The idea that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel was striking. The example of thousands of Montessori schools is before us. Montessori puts the student at the center. It is proven to work.  As noted by Sivadlk it’s working on every inhabited continent, at every economic level. The approach is over 100 years old but the ideas are timeless. The world is finally catching up with Maria Montessori’s insights.”*3
Steve Denning, The Forbes

" I do not belive there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life."*2
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Peace Prize winner










Sources:
2. http://www.montessori.org.uk/what_is_montessori/famous_montessorians

3. http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/08/02/is-montessori-the-origin-of-google-amazon/