The Life of Maria Montessori and Parent Education Night

Our Parent Education Evening #2 was a great success. Thank you so much to everyone who attended.

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In keeping with our every-other year tradition, our 3rd-6th level students performed the play, "The Life of Maria Montessori". They did an excellent job of presenting her life from childhood, to being the first woman doctor in Italy, to her first school in 1907 and finally to her exile from Italy during WWII. All that in 20 minutes! If you haven't seen it, don't miss it when it is performed again two years from now.

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After the performance, our staff talked about some of the many characteristics of a Montessori environment from Toddler through Upper Elementary and the developmental theories behind the Montessori philosophy. We also talked about how to make the home environment more consistent with what is successful for the students at school. If you were unable to attend, but would like a hand-out, we have some available here. We hope to see you all here for our Parent Education Evening #3 on December 5, when we will talk about Dr. Montessori's vision for what she called her Cosmic Education.


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Developing Independence with Montessori

From our first Parent Education Night:
What does “independent ownership” look like? In this video, “Layers of the Earth”, a level four student gives a lesson to the level three students. What you see is an independent level four (upper elementary) Montessorian who looked at a piece of candy and saw a physical geography concept. She envisioned a lesson and made it a reality. She prepared the materials and reviewed the concepts. And then she taught it to some children. No adult asked her to do this. She used her free time to prepare. For her, this was an extremely enjoyable activity and what she most enjoyed was the understanding that this was her lesson to give. And she had been doing this for three years in the lower elementary classroom too! ~Bill


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