We all know the scene: a frustrated parent, a child that refuses to listen and do as they’re told, the fight that no-one wins. Over and over, the child who will just not stop – […]
From birth through toddlerhood, preschool and Elementary years, the home is the foundational environment where your child plays, learns and grows. This is where they make countless discoveries, bond with the most important people in their life (you!) and form their understanding of the world.
There are a few things typical to Montessori classrooms worldwide that might give the casual observer a pause. Picture it: you walk into a beautiful Casa environment, full of children working – individually and in groups – at low tables or on mats rolled out on the floor.
It’s the last few days of summer, a new academic year is beginning. After long summer holidays, it is not always easy for children to come back to study and start a new school year. Moreover, it is wrong to expect that a child will tune in to learn and concentrate on lessons from the first days of school.
Have you ever wondered what happens when democracy is applied to a school? How does a school operate when children are part of the decision-making process? When kids have a voice in the process, does it turn out to be anarchy?
We hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful summer full of fun activities. Remember, these summer months shouldn’t mean a break from reading! Reading, and being read to, is critically important for children’s development. For youngest children and babies, reading aloud gives parents a chance to model their native spoken language, and instill an early love for books.
Sometimes we believe that the children are “too small” or “too young” to help us or even to care about themselves. The opposite is the truth. Young children are (more often than not), the best helpers and love looking after their environment, others and themselves. The sooner they start with practicing real-life activities, the faster they master practical life skills.
In the recent past a lot of schools called ‘Free Democratic Schools’ are coming up and there is a lot of interest in these type of schools. But how is the actual daily life experience in such a school?
Have you ever noticed the mixed-age classrooms in a Montessori school and wondered why? The beauty of the Montessori classroom comes through strongly because of the inclusion of multiple ages in one environment.
Can you imagine a school, where the kids are free to do whatever they want with whomever they choose and as long as they want? An education environment where the borders and rules are set up and implemented together by kids and adults in a democratic environment?